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James Stevens

James Stevens
Interim Department Chair

College of Architecture and Design

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Background + Expertise

Jim Stevens is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University, College of Architecture and Design, where he is the founding and acting Director of makeLab™, a digital fabrication and design studio. As director, Jim oversees research, publication and industry-sponsored design projects. Additionally, Jim conducts frequent makeLab workshops and lectures across the U.S., China, and Europe. Prior to his appointment to the faculty at Lawrence Tech, Jim was the founding principle of a North Carolina design firm and more recently a principle with Peterson, Eure and Associates, P.A Jim is a Licensed Architect in the State of Michigan, certified by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) and is a professional member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is the recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Medal for Excellence in the Study of Architecture and is currently a Coleman Foundation Fellow. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University (M.arch. 2007) and a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from The Savannah College of Art and Design (BFA 1994). Jim is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, but currently lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan with his wife and two children.


Digital Shingling – Romania 2015
Post by: Andreea Vasile There is a rich and tested way of designing and building structures evident in vernacular buildings in every region of the world.  These buildings have been built for hundreds of years and are still built with the knowledge of craft from their predecessors. However, in the post-digital world these traditions have been […]
Tools that Stay – Albania 2015
Post by: Brendon Veldboom The objective of my research project was to better understand the tools used in digital fabrication, and to build a digital tool at LTU to take to Polis University in Albania. Once I received the Presidential Undergraduate Research Award, I began to educate myself on the many different ways I could go […]
Concrete + rubber bands
By Josh Thornton, Brandon Pawloske, Marc Hopkins and Eric Meyers Initiating the concrete + rubber band project, the group decided to look at concrete flexibility based on changes to the mix; such as replacing water with liquid latex, and casting rubber bands within the concrete. After allowing the concrete to cure, the casts were subjected […]
Tools That Stay
It was only a couple of years ago when we built our first suitcase CNC and took it to Albania.  Since then, we have shifted our focus to tools that stay, as apposed to tools that travel.  Our second CNC machine is now in Kosovo with a third installed in January at Sushant School of […]
UTLC Ceiling
UTLC Ceiling By Elliott Disner, Shannon Iafrate and Anthony Kadzban When approaching the design for the ceiling, the group immediately set forth the rule that the existing space needed to inform the design; the ceiling needed to complement the space, not fight it or simply occupy it. Recognizing it is underdeveloped and intruded by surrounding […]
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