The College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) is dedicated to a pedagogy of “theory and practice,” the motto of Lawrence Technological University. We advocate not one or the other, but both, integrated and coherent. Correspondingly, CoAD offers students insight into grounded design practice, crafted so that our students might enter thoughtfully into current modes of practice and, when appropriate, expand the conversations so that the practices of architecture and design might be more innovative, inclusive, and democratic.
The CoAD embraces a three-part statement of purpose:
Focused on Design – The CoAD focuses upon design, as an expanded practice: a “multi-disciplinary” approach that crosses in and between disciplines. This focus impacts not only our coursework, but all the co- and extra-curricular activities we offer as well as the community-based work and immersive international experiences we sponsor.
Immersed in Technology – The CoAD believes that technology is a human endeavor and a reflection of people at their best. We promote the advancement of practice through technology, so that our collective efforts and ideas enable us, as a culture, to make lives better.
Grounded in Practice – The CoAD pursues a grounded design practice, crafted so that we might thoughtfully expand current practices of architecture and design so that they might be more innovative, inclusive, and sustainable.
It is our belief that our graduates, so equipped, will not only thrive within their chosen field, but will be able to use their unique, professional voice as a designer to positively impact the world formed through their creative efforts. Not only upon graduation. But for decades to come.