May 19, 2024

Introducing the 2024 AIA Detroit Scholarship Recipients!

AIA Detroit is pleased to announce the 2024 AIA Detroit Scholarship recipients, Faith Ten Eyck of Lawrence Technological University and Heather Soper of Lawrence Technological University! 

AIA Detroit awarded two annual scholarships, (1) $1,500 and (1) $3,000, with the intention to support and foster a diverse profession that is representative of our greater chapter community. This year’s efforts were made more special by the generous contribution of an AIA National Component Matching Scholarship Grant, which awarded $1,000 to students enrolled in a NAAB accredited program.

The AIA Detroit Scholarships were established to recognize deserving architecture students attending a NAAB-accredited institution within our chapter boundary (University of Detroit Mercy and Lawrence Technological University) or whose permanent residence is in the AIA Detroit chapter boundary (Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne counties) and is enrolled in a NAAB-accredited institution elsewhere. The goal is to support future BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and/or women architects as we aim to have our profession better reflects our diverse chapter community.

Congratulations, Faith Ten Eyck and Heather Soper! You are assets to the community and we can’t wait to see you flourish within the profession.

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March 25, 2024

When Detroit was imploding buildings, Michigan architects had another idea: Save them

JC Reindl | Detroit Free Press

Photo Credit: Ryan Garza


It was Oct. 24, 1998, and business partners Michael Poris and Douglas McIntosh of McIntosh Poris Architects weren’t feeling good about the controlled explosion that had just leveled the massive and empty J.L. Hudson store building in downtown Detroit.

Not simply for the resulting dust cloud that enveloped blocks, or the structural debris that rained down on the nearby People Mover track, forcing it out of commission for the rest of the year.

But rather for the loss of a unique and historic downtown building — once the largest department store in the world — that, in the young architects’ assessments, could have been preserved and adaptively reused with some design ingenuity and enough motivation.


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March 4, 2024

Michael Guthrie, FAIA Elevated to the College of Fellows!

A big “Congratulations!” to AIA Detroit’s own Michael Guthrie, FAIA of INFORM Studio, on his elevation to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. Michael Guthrie is the founding design principal of INFORM Studio, with offices in Detroit, Chicago, and Traverse City. Michael’s accomplishments range from professional to academic; and his commitment to the firm’s progressive work is illustrated by a broad range of projects including museums, libraries, a recording studio, residences, commercial, hospitality, and pedestrian bridges.

AIA Fellows are recognized with the AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Architects who have made significant contributions to the profession and society and who exemplify architectural excellence can become a member of the AIA College of Fellows. Only 3% of the AIA members have this distinction.

See the full list of Fellows here.

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December 18, 2023

Quinn Evans named 2024 winner of the AIA Architecture Firm Award

Daniel Roche | The Architect’s Newspaper

Photo by Justin Maconochie

“The greenest building is the one that is already built.” This mantra, alongside four decades of design excellence, earned Quinn Evans Architects the 2024 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The firm—with offices in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Detroit; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Richmond, Virginia; and Madison, Wisconsin—has been recognized by the AIA for demonstrating a commitment to sustainable design, adaptive reuse, and social empowerment.


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Kimberly Dowdell Set to Make History as the AIA’s First Black Woman and Millennial President

December 13, 2023 | HOK

With a slogan of ‘#MoreIn24,’ Dowdell brings new energy and a fresh perspective to the AIA.

Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, NOMAC, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, 2024 president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is the first Black woman and, at only 40, the first Millennial elected to this role. She’ll be inaugurated as the 100th AIA president in a ceremony on Friday, Dec. 15. In her current position as a principal and director of strategic relationships at HOK, Dowdell brings a diverse background encompassing architecture, public service, development, and academia. This Q&A offers insights into her experiences and ambitions as AIA president.


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November 27, 2023

Michigan Adopts New Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical Codes

The State of Michigan is formally adopting new mechanical, plumbing, and electrical codes effective March 12, 2024.

These include:

To learn more about these new codes, click the links above.

City of Detroit Project Wins 2023 National Planning Award

Lorynn Holloway | Quinn Evans

The Cody Rouge & Warrendale YOUTH-CENTRIC Neighborhood Framework Plan, with Quinn Evans’ Principal Saundra Little, FAIA, LEED AP, NOMA and Director of Diversity and Inclusion as Community Engagement Specialist, has been honored with the American Planning Association’s 2023 National Planning Award for Planning Excellence.

The annual awards are highly significant as they recognize and celebrate outstanding achievements in urban and regional planning, serving as a prestigious platform to showcase innovative approaches that improve communities and influence policy discussions. They inspire and promote excellence in the field, driving positive change and raising public awareness about the importance of responsible planning practices.


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