Future Focus 2018 
Emerging Designer Exhibition


FuAIA Detroit recognizes the many important contributions of Emerging Professionals, both within the traditional bounds of architecture and design practice, and in unique and innovative exercises outside of our traditional concepts of the profession. By calling for both academic and professional works, this exhibition continues to shed light on critical research, important conversations, diverse portfolios, and impactful work that Emerging Professionals contribute both here in the city of Detroit and beyond. Selected work from the 2017 exhibition was displayed at the 2017 Celebration of Architecture during Eastern Market After Dark, at the Detroit venue for the 2017 AIA National Leadership Institute, and at CANstruction, held at Wayne State during Noel Night.

The 2018 exhibition will be featured again at the AIA Detroit Celebration of Architecture, in a new series of public-facing galleries highlighting not only AIA Detroit awards and programs, but also exhibits from a range of allied trade associations, nonprofits, and academic institutions across the AEC and Design industry in southeast Michigan.  

Projects are being solicited in three major categories:



 All forms must be completed and materials submitted digitally to no later than 5pm, MONDAY, JULY 30th, 2018.

Any difficulties in submitting work or other questions can be directed to:


The jury is comprised of members of the AIA Detroit Executive and Emerging Professionals Committees and has full discretion in reviewing projects to be included in the exhibition. Projects are judged in a blind format without consideration for author, affiliated academic institution or professional firm.


The 2018 Future Focus Emerging Designer Exhibition is presented by AIA Detroit, with generous support from Brightwood Architecture Education.


The following projects were featured in the 2018 exhibition. Click on the boards below to learn more about each submission.



The following projects were featured in the 2017 exhibition. Click on the boards below to learn more about each submission.