Allen Gillers

Allen Gillers

Brooklyn, NY, US



Allen Gillers designs playfully transgressive, accessible civic engagements, with an eye towards the fluorescent and absurd. Gillers received an M.Arch. from University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and a B.A. in architecture from Columbia University. He is currently an inaugural Michigan- Mellon Design Fellow at the University of Michigan, and is working at a variety of scales to recalibrate the architect’s role in Detroit’s urban revitalization , as an agent of equitable and mischievous design for change.



University of Michigan, Detroit, MI, US, Michigan-Mellon Design Fellow

Design Research and Teaching Fellow :
- Michigan-Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis
- Architecture Prep Studio

Aug 2014 - current

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Teaching Assistant

Provided teaching assistance to Assistant Professor Anya Sirota
Lille Design For Change, Graduate Propositions Studio

Sep 2014 - Dec 2014

Flint Public Art Project, Flint, MI, US, Designer-in-Residence, Co-Director of Programs

Co-Directed the 2014 summer season of Flint Public Art Project's arts programming, including monthly art parades, and the annual Free City Festival which curated more than 50 projects from across the world and dispersed them throughout the carriage town district of Flint, MI for a 24 hour festival extravaganza. Additionally managed the architectural planning and permitting process of a small scale rehabilitation project aimed at transforming a dilapidated historic mortuary into an arts production and performance space.

May 2014 - Aug 2014

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Graduate Student Instructor

Ran discussion sections and wrote and graded exams and essays for Associate Professor Andrew Herscher's History of Architecture II undergraduate lecture course. [Winter semester 2013, Winter semester 2014

Jan 2013 - May 2014

Akoaki, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Research Collaborator and Graduate Student Intern

Research, Project Management, Design and Fabrication for:

Pop it Up!

Adore Me Wild

My Love For You Burns All the Time

Jul 2012 - May 2014

Metropolitan Observatory for Digital Culture and Representation, Detroit, MI, US, Project Manager

Research, Project Management, Design and Fabrication for:

Imaging Detroit

Jul 2012 - May 2014

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Graduate Student Instructor

Ran discussion sections and wrote and graded exams and essays for Assistant Professor Anca Trandafirescu's Understanding Architecture undergraduate lecture. [Fall Semester 2013]

Sep 2013 - Dec 2013

Gary Paul Design Incorporated Consulting, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

Project management for high end Single Family residential projects in New York, Martha's Vineyard, and Aspen, CO.

Brought a 6500 SF single family house in Aspen from SDs through permitting and CDs.

Sep 2010 - May 2011

Viridian Energy & Environmental, New York, NY, US, Sustainable Building Analyst

Managed the LEED certification process for a range of high profile government, public and private development projects in New York City and throughout the country, including the World Trade Center Memorial projects, Museum Pavilion and transportation hub.

Handled construction administration responsibilities including consultant coordination, submittal reviews, and basic project sequencing related to documenting sustainable practices for LEED submission.

Feb 2008 - Jun 2010


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, 3G

Sep 2011 - May 2014

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Arts

Sep 2002 - May 2006

Denmark International Study Program, Copenhagen, DK, Intro to Architecture

Jan 2004 - May 2004


DERBY Architecture Student Exhibition, Honorable Mention


Lausanne Jardins 2014: Landing, Honorable Mention


Gaylord A. and Roberta C. Watts Scholar, Scholarship


Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Nomination


Taubman Scholar, Scholarship


Areas of Specialization