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Joel Schmidt

Lecturer in Architecture

Joel Schmidt, a licensed architect and Detroit resident, is a lecturer in architecture at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Design. His teaching focuses on integrated building design and construction.

Schmidt has practiced architecture at award-winning design firms in Massachusetts and Michigan. His background includes employment at Brian Healy Architects in Boston, and Kyu Sung Woo Architect and Bruner/Cott Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Currently, Schmidt practices as a sole proprietor, as a partner in D MET design in Detroit, and in collaboration with Von Staden Architects in Birmingham, Michigan. His professional work— which shifts frequently between interior design, architecture, and community planning—probes issues related to metropolitan growth, disinvestment, and reinvestment. It explores design parameters that bring about a richer understanding of the connections between people, places, materials, and cultures. He has taught design at the Boston Architectural Center and was a graduate teaching assistant at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. 

Schmidt received a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Michigan and a Master in Architecture from Harvard University.