Meet The Team
Laura WalkerOwner, Co-founder, Registered Architect
Laura Walker is an architect and artist based in Detroit, Michigan. She received the 2019 AIA Detroit Young Architect of the Year Award and was featured in Crain’s 2020 Notable Women in Design. She is a Lecturer at University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture.
As a White, queer woman, she is interested in power struggle and alliance building in racialized territories and traditionally gendered spaces. Through inclusive collaboration, she designs participatory environments that radically affirm and celebrate marginalized human identities, expressions, and desires.
Michael StyczynskiOwner, Co-founder
Michael Styczynski is an architectural designer and city maker practicing in Detroit, Michigan. He is an adjunct faculty at Lawrence Technological University leading design studios focused on the spatial agency and role of the ‘Architect’ to construct social, cultural, and political change.
He is interested in revealing the complex mechanisms of city making that construct cultural, political, and economic spatial inequalities. His work envisions design as a tool for critical spatial discourse.
Tian LiArchitectural Designer
Tian Li is an architectural designer and recent graduate from RISD. Community oriented design is what drew her to Other Work. Not only is her snack game stellar, she crosses the Canadian border everyday, which makes her pretty cool.
She is currently working on both O’Hair Park Community Association and Garage Cultural. She always has a great attitude, gets along so well with others, and has taken the lead on several parts of the projects. Tian loves exploring Detroit, photography, and meeting new people! Her mom also makes really good bao buns that Tian brings to share ;) We love our Canadian!
Lauren ForgacsDesigner, Artist
Lauren Forgacs is an artist and designer, with a no holds barred attitude! She is fearless, determined, and has conquered every antique sewing machine we’ve put in front of her. She earned her Master’s of Fine arts from CCS Color and Materials Design, and she is interested in spatialized art and interior design.
She led the branding and identity effort for Design Core Detroit’s #shopandsee installation for Love and Labor Botanicals, and she’s the primary seamstress for our Street Shed installation in collaboration with JIMA Studio. We adore her sketch-form shop drawings, her enthusiasm, and her dedication to meaningful design.
ClientsMotor City Match
|Black Rose Gallery Inc.
|Dandy Acres and Shelter Bay Animal Care
|Design Core Detroit
|Detroit Planning and Development
|Detroit Department of Public Works
|E. Warren Development Corp
|E. Warren Farmers Market
|Jefferson East, Inc.
|Manistique Community Treehouse Center
|Marcia Spivey Law, PLLC
| Regent Park Community
|Southwest Detroit Business Association
Creative NetworkDesign Core Detroit
The Artist Village
CollaboratorsLauren Pedigo (Artist as Developer)
Ujijji Davis of JIMA Studio
Olivia Holt (Garden Novella)
Love and Labor Botanicals
Detroit Disability Power