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Lisa Sauve

J. Robert F. Swanson Visiting Professor of Architecture

Principal/CEO and Co-founder of Synecdoche (si-nek-duh-kee) an award winning design/make interdisciplinary studio in Ann Arbor and Detroit and also the Founder of Do Good Work, a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to support creatives with resources and placemaking strategies towards a strong and inclusive social, economic, and cultural fabric of our community.

Lisa co-founded StudioStudio, a modern venue and co-working space for creatives and photographers in Ann Arbor and teaches at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She was named Crain’s Detroit Notable Women in Design in 2020 and in 2021 was recognized by Forbes Next 1000, AIA Michigan Young Architect Award, and UM Taubman College Outstanding Recent Graduate.

A licensed architect in the State of Michigan and currently serves as a planning commissioner for the City of Ann Arbor. Holds degrees for M. Arch and MSc. in Conservation from Taubman College at the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University.

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