Press release: GRCC sponsors presentation on ‘The Expanded Practice of Architecture’


Kathy Mullins
Executive Deputy to the President and Board Liaison

April 15, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The chairman of Lawrence Technological University’s Department of Architecture, Mr. Scott Shall, will talk to Grand Rapids Community College students about “The Expanded Practice of Architecture” on April 19.

Mr. Shall is founding director of the International Design Clinic (IDC), a nonprofit organization that performs much-needed design work with communities in need around the world. Since founding the IDC in 2006, he has worked through it to complete more than a dozen projects on four continents, including; an urban tent for the homeless made of reclaimed water bottles, a school system based upon the vending architectures of Bolivia that is tailored to the lives of the kids working the streets of La Paz, and a two dollar water filtration system. His research and creative work in this arena has been disseminated widely, including presentations at the Third International Symposium on Service Learning in Higher Education. Mr. Shall has exhibited his work in solo shows at the San Francisco Museum of Art in La Paz, Bolivia and the AIA Center for Architecture in Philadelphia.

Mr. Shall will also discuss his university’s programs during his April 19th presentation, including the Integrated Design Studio offered in conjunction with GRCC’s Architectural Design Associate Degree. This partnership allows a GRCC student, who completes the Integrated Design Studio program and the Architectural Design Associate Degree at GRCC, to enter Lawrence Tech as a junior to complete the Lawrence Tech Master of Architecture program.

“In five-plus years a student can start an architecture program at Grand Rapids Community College and complete a Master of Architecture Degree at Lawrence Tech - an excellent opportunity,” said Professor David Dye, of GRCC’s Mechanical and Architectural Design Department.

Mr. Shall’s presentation starts at 1 p.m. in room 234 of Wisner-Botrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St NE. It is free and open to the public. For more information on Mr. Shall and the IDC, go to For more information about the presentation or GRCC’s architecture programs, contact Professor Dye at (616) 234-3658 or

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.