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.
Bam DavisArchitectural Designer
Bam Davis is an architectural designer with passion, curiosity, and dope-as-ever talent! He brings bold aspirations and a drive for artful innovation. Bam moved to Detroit last fall from the southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida, in hopes of experiencing the culture and creativity of Detroit.
He’s discovered the wonders of Microcenter for his 3D printing endeavors and enjoys the smoothies at Peaches and Greens Detroit. He also contributes to studio critiques at University of Detroit Mercy an Lawrence Tech University. H is the lead designer for Black Rose Gallery Inc’s new space. He’s brought a new and exciting flavor to Other Work!
Lauren ForgacsDesigner, Artist
Lauren Forgacs s 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’s earning 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