Lisa Sauve

Lisa Sauve

Ann Arbor, MI, US



Principal and Co-founder of Synecdoche a small design-make studio in Ann Arbor, MI. Previously an adjunct professor at Lawrence Technological University and University of Detroit Mercy.Received her M. Arch from the University of Michigan with her thesis, Contingent Design Theory, a methodological approach to the retroactive manifesto of the single industry city, Masters of Science in Conservation from 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

Thesis "Contingent Design Theory: A Retroactive Manifesto of the Single Industry City"
graduate with high distinction

Sep 2009 - May 2011

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

Sep 2004 - May 2009



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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