Christian Unverzagt is an associate professor of practice in architecture at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He also is the design director of the Detroit-based M1DTW, a nationally recognized, multidiscipinary studio that is engaged in expanding the boundaries of practice through the design of objects, artifacts, identities, and spaces.
M1DTW’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 more than 100 commissioned works; clients include Water Street Coffee, 6 Salon, FLOYD, Motor City Soap, The Platform, Cranbrook Art Museum, Samsung, House of Pure Vin, and Signal-Return.
Unverzagt has received numerous awards for his work, including the Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Honor Awards, I.D. Magazine’s Annual Design Review, a North American Hairstyling Award for Best Salon Design in North America, and a “50 Books/50 Covers” award from the American Institute of Graphic Arts for one of the best designed books of the year.
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.
He received a Master of Architecture with distinction from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan. He also studied at the California Institute of the Arts and at The Bartlett, University College London.