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Architecture furniture campaign to update studios

Architecture studios

Architecture students spend 14-15 hours a week each semester in the Architecture studios, but that time often doubles as they work to complete projects.

During the past 10 years, the Warren Loranger Architecture Building has undergone a major transformation with renovated space, new faculty offices, and updated technology.  However, the studio environment has not changed much in the past 25 years. Today’s students are using the same workstations that students from the 1980's used. Upon visiting the building, many alumni recognize the same tables and chairs they used when they were in school. And while these worn pieces of furniture generate nostalgia for alumni, they are less comfortable and functional for our current students. It is time to replace these pieces of furniture with workstations that will enable students to work in a more comfortable and inspirational environment.

Through the Studios for Scholars Campaign, the School of Architecture intends to raise funds to purchase new tables and chairs and provide needed improvements for each of the building’s 17 studios.

“Inside the studios is where our students spend countless hours forging their critical thinking skills, developing as designers and leaders, and also forming many friendships that will last a lifetime,” says School of Architecture Dean Will Wittig.  “The work that happens in the studio is without a doubt the hallmark of our program, and the spaces where that work takes place are in need of our renewed attention.” 

The campaign includes a variety of giving levels – from an individual stool or desk to a full workstation – by which donors can make a difference.  Due to a generous gift of $30,000, donor gifts to the School of Architecture’s furniture campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar, thereby doubling the impact of each gift.

Donor gifts will have a direct impact that translates immediately and directly to an enhanced learning environment for every individual student in the program.  It also represents an opportunity to reimagine the studio spaces in order to help foster new ways of working and increasing collaboration in the studios, and to help prepare our students to become productive leaders in the workplace of the 21st Century.

For more information about the campaign or to make a gift, please contact Enid Grauer, director of Development, at 313-993-1548 or email:

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