Making Detroit Home

Timothy Flintoff, AIA, NCARB, is a project manager with Hamilton Anderson Associates. Tim received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Master of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University. Tim has been an active member of the AIA with the Emerging Professionals committee, the ARE prep committee and has been a member of the AIA Michigan Government Affairs.

Key Points:

• Comprised of many diverse neighborhoods, Detroit offers many opportunities for its own renaissance.

•  We must meet the continuing challenge to design for people and create places where a variety of individuals want to live, work and play

Read Tim's Perspective here. Originally published January 2017

Higher Education: 10 Strategies for the next Generation Campus

Mike Cooper, a Professional Affiliate Member of AIA Michigan, is President and Managing Principal of Harley Ellis Devereaux, a national architecture, engineering, planning and management firm. Mike has been involved in complex building projects for more than 25 years in both a design and management capacity.

Key Points:

• The higher education facilities we design must serve to educate our students 
• If we want students to be able to consume and create content, then they need the facilities to work for them.

Read Mike's Perspective here. Originally published May 2016

 Building Codes

Benedetto Tiseo, FAIA, Architect Benedetto (Ben) Tiseo, FAIA, NCARB, has had his own architecture practice since 1980 and has been an Adjunct Professor at Lawrence Technological University teaching architecture at his alma mater since 1980 as well.

Key Points:

• Codes are a set of rules and regulations intended to ensure a quality built environment.

• Each individual state and local governmental jurisdiction in the 54 US jurisdictions (which includes the 50 states, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico & Virgin Island) is required to adopt a “Building Code” for use within their jurisdiction.

Read Ben's Perspective here. Orignially published March 2016.

Thinking About Design Thinking

Tom Mathison, FAIA, is a co-founding principal of MATHISON | MATHISON ARCHITECTS and has been practicing architecture for over 35 years. Tom’s primary focus is early phase planning, programming, master planning, concept design, project management and firm management. His expertise ranges from complex renovation projects to challenging new construction for educational, housing, civic, commercial and institutional clients.

Key Points: 

• A closely held belief of mine is that it's easier to change things than it is to change people. People may want to exercise more, be more creative, or share more with others, but we have ingrained habits that make these things difficult.  Nowhere is aspiration greater than in the ideas and designs of our youngest architects and emerging professionals who are taking on social, environmental and physical barrier issues in fresh ways.

Read Tom's Perspective here. Originally published January 2016.

2015 Articles

Design & Construction is a Team Sport

Jeffrey Hausman, AIA, LEED AP, is senior vice president and Detroit office director of SmithGroupJJR. A practicing architect for over 30 years, Hausman served the AIA at the Chapter and State levels, including Detroit Chapter President in 2002 and Michigan Chapter president in 2006. He is currently the design representative to the AGC Michigan board and member of the executive committee for the CAM Boy Scouts Building Connections event.

Key Points:

• Design & construction requires a very similar level of execution in order to successfully complete projects. • It may be cliche, but I have found that the more I put into these types of activities, the more I get out of them.

Read Jeff's Perspective here. Originally published November 2015.

Sustainable Stewardship

Ann K. Dilcher, AIA, LEED AP is the Managing Principal of Quinn Evan Architects Michigan Offices located in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Ann is a founding member of the Association for Preservation Technology Eastern Great Lakes Chapter and invites tradesmen, contractors, engineers, conservators, and architects with an interest in preservation to join us at our events (

Key Points:

• Sustainable stewardship is the term  used to define construction projects  that meet two general standards. • Many studies have also looked at the local economic benefits of renovation work which is typically >more labor intensive than new construction leading to greater local job creation.

Read Ann's Perspective here.  Originally published September 2015.

Why Design Matters...To Education!

Timothy A. Casai, FAIA is President of TMP Architecture, Inc. of Bloomfield Hills with a branch office in Portage. He has over 40 years of professional architectural experience. In 2011, Tim was honoredwith the AIA Michigan Chapter Gold Medal Award, and in 1999 he was recognized as a Fellow in the AIA.

Key Points:

• Design is a key contributor to a sense of place and community vitality and should also be implemented to educational environments..
Features of teaching/learning environments include: flexibility, acoustics, technology, lighting, and comfort.

Read Tim's Perspective here.  Originally published May 2015.

Health is Not a Building Type
Tamara E. L. Burns, AIA, is cofounder and principal of HopkinsBurns Design Studio. She has been active in the profession through the American Institute of Architects, serving as president of AIA Huron Valley and AIA Michigan.

Key Points:

The architecture community is realizing more and more how our automobile-centric designed cities and suburbs have led to poor health and poor quality of life. 

•There is a critical need for multidisciplinary work, including contractors, architects and allied professionals to combat this public health crisis.

Read Tamara's Perspective here.  Originally published March 2015.

Why Design Matters
Dennis M. King, FAIA is the Public Policy Director for AIA Michigan leading Public Awareness, supporting Government Affairs and enriching Fund Development for the state-wide membership. He is also the Principal of DMKING Consulting LLC.

Key Points:

A Sense of Place: Good architectural design recognizes that the world is not made up of individual, isolated, or disconnected elements.  A Plan of Action: The AIA’s 10  Principles for Livable Communities  does a great job  consolidating a  meaningful plan.

Read Dennis's Perspective here.  Originally published January 2015.

Public Transportation can be key to Detroit’s revival
Theo Pappas, AIA is an associate/senior planner at Stantec. He is also a board member of the AIA Michigan and AIA Detroit.

Key Points:

As the construction of the M-1 Rail Line begins, it is important to examine the history of public transportation in Detroit. Public transportation can result in more sustainable cities, more efficient forms of transportation, less traffic congestion.

Read Theo's Perspective here.  Originally published November 2014.

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