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Christian Unverzagt

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Christian Unverzagt (oon-fair-zot) is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture at Taubman College, where his teaching focuses on visual communication and interdisciplinary design methodologies. He teaches graduate design studio and serves as the faculty advisor for the student journal Dimensions.

Unverzagt’s is the co-founder and Design Director of M1/DTW, a nationally recognized, Detroitbased, multi-discipinary studio operating at the intersection of design and cultural production. M1/DTW’s clients range from emerging entrepreneurs to established cultural and educational institutions, with projects ranging from environments and adaptive reuse to business strategy and branding. Since its founding in 2000, the studio has completed over one-hundred commissioned works. Recent projects include House of Pure Vin, JB Cutting Offices, Signal–Return Press, and Mills Pharmacy + Apothecary. Selected clients include the 6 Salon, Cranbrook Art Museum, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, University of Kentucky College of Design, and Shim-Sutcliffe Architects.

Unverzagt has received numerous awards for his work including AIA Michigan Honor Awards, I.D. Magazine’s Annual Design Review, a NAHA for Best Salon Design in North America, and a ‘50 Books’ award from the AIGA for one of the best designed books of the year. M1/DTW’s work has been published in Architectural Record, American-Architects, Salon Today, City Lab, I.D. Magazine, Print Magazine, and the AIGA Year in Design.

Unverzagt received an M.Arch with distinction from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles, studied at the California Institute of the Arts (Cal-Arts) and in Unit 12 at The Bartlett, University College London. Unverzagt is a long-time resident of Lafayette Park, Detroit, where he is an active member of the community, helping steward the neighborhood’s legacy of design while fostering awareness and discussion of its contemporary condition.