GRCC architecture talk to focus on ‘Pretty Ugly’



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

(616) 234-4213

Feb. 2, 2015 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The head of Lawrence Technological University’s architecture department will look at the value of the homely, accidental, risky and inconvenient in a Feb. 11 talk at Grand Rapids Community College.

Scott Shall, chairman of LTU’s architecture department, will deliver a talk entitled “Pretty Ugly” at 6:30 p.m. in room 124 of GRCC’s Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE. The public is welcome to attend.

David Dye, a GRCC professor of mechanical and architectural design, will host the event. Additionally, he and Shall will talk about a recently signed articulation agreement between LTU and GRCC. This latest agreement is an evolution of a partnership dating to 2011 that allows a student to start the first two years of LTU’s Master of Architecture program at GRCC.

“This is a unique opportunity for students to start a Master of Architecture degree at a community college,” Dye said. “You can use this degree to become a professional architect.”

The new five-year articulation agreement includes changes to align the degree and the courses to guidelines of the new Michigan Transfer Agreement. Also, Integrated Design Studios 1 and 2 will now be offered at Lawrence Tech in Southfield during the summer semesters, instead of on GRCC’s campus.

Students who complete their associate degree at GRCC and the Integrated Design Studios can transfer as a junior into LTU’s Master of Architecture program.

Shall and Dye will be available for questions about the program before and after the lecture. You can also contact Dye at (616) 234-3658 or

Shall is founding director of the nonprofit International Design Clinic, which performs design work with communities in need around the world. Since it was founded in 2006, the IDC has completed 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 meet the needs of the street children of La Paz, and a $2 water filtration system.

Dye has taught architecture classes at GRCC for more than 15 years. Since 2009, students in his Sustainable Residential Design class have worked with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County to create houses. A student-designed home recently was built for Habitat by GRCC’s Residential Construction class.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.