Warren Loranger and GM Foundation recognized

The Nautilus, Fall 2003

Photo (top right): This photo of the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architect Center by Laszlo Regos was presented to Warren Loranger at the recognition event in October.

Photo (middle right): The Fisk Loranger Architect center offers exhibition and conference space for UDM events.

Photo (bottom right): The Dedalo Minosse prize projects were on display during the recognition cemermony.


On Wednesday, October 8, 2003, more than 125 alumni, friends, donors, faculty and students gathered to honor Warren Loranger ’51, and the GM Foundation for their significant contributions to the School of Architecture. UDM President Maureen A. Fay, O.P., opened the event, which took place in the new Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center.

Dean Stephen Vogel introduced Loranger and assisted Jenna Murphy, vice president of the AIAS, in presenting him with a framed photograph from the students, faculty, and staff. The photo, taken by Laszlo Regos, was a thank you for Loranger’s generosity in transforming the architecture building into the beautiful, state-of-the-art facility it is today. The photo featured a view of the "pit" area and the signage that prominently recognizes Loranger’s mother. Also attending the event were several members of the Fisk family who were deeply touched by the honor afforded their aunt. The Center includes a new exhibition hall, critique spaces and a student lounge.

Dan Pitera, director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, introduced and recognized Laurna Utley, president of the GM Foundation. Utley presented the School of Architecture with a $300,000 check to represent its support of the Design Center.

Also present for the evening was Gionvanni Vincato of Vincenza, Italy, who represented the Dedalo Minosse International Prize. The winning 2002 Dedalo Minosse prize projects were on display in the exhibition hall for the evening and included a prize for Homeboy Industries, a job training center for former gang members in Los Angeles, Calif. Homeboy Industries, designed by the Design Center, was the only winner of this coveted prize from the United States.