New AIA Detroit K-8 Outreach Program Seeking Volunteer Mentors

AIA Detroit is pleased to announce the launch of a new K-8 education outreach program, designed to provide students in underserved areas of Detroit with principles of design thinking, and engage them in the planning process for the communities in which they live. Architecture Building Communities: Detroit [ABC:D], recipient of the 2017 AIA National / Armstrong Foundation Education Grant, is a pilot collaboration between AIA Detroit, Cranbrook Art Museum & Academy—a world-renowned institution with a rich architectural legacy and a pioneering collegiate architecture curriculum—and The Center for Success (C4S), a nonprofit organization committed to impacting youth in underserved areas through education and exposure to social interactions and activities.

ABC:D is a program designed by Cranbrook’s Curator of Education, Kelly Lyons, to engage youth in the planning process in their community, providing architecture and planning mentors to work with teams of students at the Center for Success Detroit (CFS). Over the 10-week course of the program, which will serve up to 80 K-8 students from CFS, students will

1) visit a community within the City of Detroit that is currently undergoing or scheduled to undergo planning and design work resulting in community driven neighborhood framework plans,
2) create, discuss, and refine their own design proposals for the community, and
3) present their ideas to a panel of invited community members, AIA Detroit leadership, professionals from architecture and planning, and public officials.

In consultation with the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department, the focus of the design project will be on the Islandview neighborhood, an area identified as a key neighborhood within the City’s strategic framework.

We are looking for a diverse and committed group of volunteers to lead and mentor groups of 4-5 students each over the 10-week run of the program. Volunteers will be selected for either Monday or Tuesday sessions, with one field trip to the project site scheduled for Friday, November 17th. Regular sessions will be held at the Center for Success Detroit, located at 1600 E. Grand Blvd., next to the historic Packard Plant.

Sessions: [ 3pm – 5pm ]
Week 1: Introduction + Brainstorming
Week 1 (FRIDAY): Field trip to site
Week 2: Case studies
Week 3: Designing community spaces
Week 4: Designing a gathering space
Week 5: Adaptive reuse
Week 6: Adaptive reuse project
Week 7: Proposing a new building
Week 8: Designing a new building
Week 9: Streetscape design
Week 10: Presentations
Final Presentation Day (Tentative):
Monday Sessions:
NOV 13
NOV 17
NOV 20
NOV 27
DEC 04
DEC 11
DEC 18
JAN 08
JAN 22
JAN 29
FEB 02
Tuesday Sessions:
NOV 14
NOV 17
NOV 21
NOV 28
DEC 05
DEC 12
DEC 19
JAN 09
JAN 16
JAN 23
JAN 30
FEB 02

* Monday, January 15th is MLK Day—school will not be in session


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August 15, 2017

EPC and CANstruction Host Successful Summer Social/KickOff

Special Thank You to our Sponsor, Brightwood Architecture, for making this evnt possible.

This July, over forty of our Detroit members gathered at the Emagine Royal Oak Theatre for the Emerging Professionals Committee’s Summer Mixer! Emerging and established architects alike came together to bowl, network, and learn about the many ways to get involved in the AIA Detroit Chapter. We were also able to view the “I Look Up” Film Challenge short films. They were selections from the 3rd installation of the series that invites architects and filmmakers to capture stories of how architecture is helping to change communities for the better. (more…)

August 8, 2017

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: AIAD to feature Emerging Professionals’ work in new Exhibition


Presented by the AIA Detroit Emerging Professionals Committee


AIA Detroit would like to recognize the contributions made by Emerging Professionals at this year’s Celebration of Architecture, and beyond. By calling for both academic and professional works, this exhibition hopes to shed light on critical research, important conversations, diverse portfolios, and impactful work that Emerging Professionals contribute to the profession both here in the city of Detroit and beyond. Selected work will be displayed at this year’s Celebration of Architecture, an event with over 3,000 attendees in 2016, and which coincides with the Detroit Design Festival and Eastern Market After Dark.  The exhibition will then be remounted at future AIA Detroit events, including the AIA National Leadership Institute and AIA Detroit Annual Meeting on November 16th. (more…)

February 27, 2017

Quinn Evans Architects Adds Four to Ann Arbor Office Staff

Design Firm Expands Architecture, Interiors Expertise:

Quinn Evans Architects, an award-winning planning and design practice, has added four new staff members in the firm’s Ann Arbor, Mich., office. Kristen Nyht, AIA, LEED AP, has been named a senior architect. Benjamin Telian, AIA, LEED AP, has been named an architect, Amy McNamara, AIA, LEED AP, has been named a designer, and Fatima Beacham is an interior designer. (more…)

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January 5, 2017

AIA Detroit’s New Hire Targets Member Value & New Programming

AIA Detroit is excited to announce that Charlie Klecha, Assoc. AIA, will join the AIAD staff in the role of Managing Director!  This new position will focus on driving improvements to member value across areas like programs and events, communications, and operations.  Klecha began working in early January alongside Executive Director Lauren Myrand, Assoc. AIA. (more…)

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