Lisa Sauve

Lisa Sauve

Ann Arbor, MI, US



Principal and co-founder of Synecdoche a design-make architecture studio in Ann Arbor, MI. She has led the alternative practice through a diverse range of projects from furniture, interiors, installations, commercial design, and community engagement with an effort to elevate design in the midwest and engage architecture as a craft. Previously an adjunct professor at Lawrence Technological University and University of Detroit Mercy she received her M. Arch and Master of Science in Conservation from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University.



Synecdoche Design Studio, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Principal + Co-Founder

May 2009 - current

Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, US, Adjunct Professor

Aug 2011 - May 2014

rvtr, Ann Arbor, MI, US, design / research assistant

May 2011 - Feb 2013


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Masters, Conservation

Sep 2013 - Aug 2015

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2009 - May 2011

Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2004 - May 2009


Corp! Magazine Michigan's Most Valuable Millennial, Award

Everyone loves an MVP in sports. Corp! Magazine has taken this concept to the field of business, highlighting Michigan’s Most Valuable Professionals, Entrepreneurs, and Millennials with an exciting awards presentation and program. Through their careers, community involvement, and passion, these individuals are making our state a better place to live and work. MVP honorees are deserving members of the community who are creating job opportunities, driving economic growth, nurturing community advancements, or leading successful companies.


Marian Sarah Parker Memorial Award, Award

Sarah Drake Parker initiated this endowment, shared with the College of Engineering, in memory of her daughter, Marian Sarah Parker, C.E. 1895, the first woman to graduate with an engineering degree from the University of Michigan. As a member of Purdy & Henderson, Parker became a specialist in the design of the steel-framed skyscraper and helped to design such revolutionary buildings as New York’s Flat Iron Building and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The award is made annually to the outstanding woman senior in engineering and to the outstanding woman M.Arch. degree candidate.


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