Meet The Team

Laura Walker

Owner, 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 Styczynski

Owner, 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 Li

Architectural 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 Forgacs

Designer, 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.


     Motor City Match
    Artist Village
    Black Rose Gallery Inc.
    Blunden Residence
    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
    Sidewalk Detroit
    Southwest Detroit Business Association
    Steigerwalt Residence
    WISE Partnership

Creative Network

    Design Core Detroit
    Detroit Planning
    Mexicantown CDC
    The Artist Village


   Lauren Pedigo (Artist as Developer)
   Ujijji Davis of JIMA Studio
   Olivia Holt (Garden Novella)
   Love and Labor Botanicals

   Tony Whitfield
   Detroit Disability Power

We’re proud to be Motor City Match Service Providers!