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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October 30, 2023

Meet this year’s CKLDP Co-chairs!

AIA Detroit is pleased to announce the 2024 Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Co-chairs, Cynthia Saadeh and Rutali Joshi! Cynthia and Rutali were part of the 2023 CKLDP Cohort, and we are excited to have them onboard, guiding this year’s group of Scholars. 

About the Co-chairs:

Dr. Rutali Joshi is a Sr. Design Researcher at HKS. Her strong foundation in research methodology positions her to support the health practice by developing evidence-based design solutions that impact human experience, behavior, and safety. She has extensively conducted research in a variety of healthcare settings ranging from domestic violence shelter homes and homes for the aging population to emergency departments, inpatient settings, operating rooms, and ambulatory surgery centers. She is extremely passionate about translating complex research concepts and findings to actionable design strategies using visual means. She is a speaker at several national and international conferences and actively publishes in scholarly journals.


Cynthia Saadeh, a designer at Quinn Evans, brings a blend of architectural and interior design expertise to her work. She believes in the seamless fusion of these disciplines to craft innovative and sustainable structures and environments, paving the way for a brighter future.

Cynthia’s leadership philosophy revolves around collaboration and support. She knows that our field thrives when we work together. Cynthia firmly believes that personal and professional growth go hand in hand, which is why she is committed to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle alongside her career pursuits.

She lives by Heraclitus’ timeless wisdom: “Change is the only constant in life.” This reflects her adaptability and her unwavering dedication to progress and evolution.

Interested in the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program? Visit to learn more!

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2024 AIA Detroit Board Nominees

Please join the AIA Detroit Board and membership at our 2023 Annual Meeting, taking place on Tuesday, November 14th, at AECOM in Detroit, beginning at 6:00pm.

This meeting will include the annual report to the membership and the election of the 2024 AIA Detroit Board of Directors. We will discuss what the AIA Detroit Board has been working on internally this year and reveal our new Annual Sponsor Package.  The Annual Meeting is one of the few times throughout the year that AIA Detroit can reflect on our progress and discuss the future of the organization with our members.

Food and beverages will be provided. We hope you will attend!

Those unable to attend the 2023 Annual Meeting may request an absentee ballot by emailing with your name and AIA Member number by November 13, 5:00pm.  Absentee ballots must be completed by 12:00pm on November 14th. (You must be an AIA Detroit Member in good standing to vote)

RSVP Here for the 2023 Annual Meeting



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