Van Tine wins LTU’s architecture alumni award

Northville architect Gina Van Tine, BSAr’89, BAr’94, is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award presented annually by the Architecture and Design Cabinet of the Lawrence Technological University Alumni Association.

The award will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Architecture Building auditorium where Van Tine will also give a presentation about her practice entitled “Quality and Pricing” as part of the Taubman Lecture Series of the College of Architecture and Design. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. in the Architecture Building gallery. The program is free and open to the public.

To RSVP, go to www.lawrencetech.net/DAA.

Van Tine is a founding principal of inFORM studio, which she formed with her husband, Kenneth Van Tine, BSAr’85, BAr’86, and Michael Guthrie, BSAr’95, in 2000. inFORM studio also has offices in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and New York City.

Van Tine’s practice has included retail and interiors projects in New York, Texas and throughout the Midwest. She has been involved in the application of new technology to architecture and media, such as the design and development of v-gstudio.com and divergemedia.com.

Van Tine led the design, development and implementation of the touch-screen display in the Biomorphic exhibit at the Detroit Public Schools Children’s Museum. This required investigation into new software and hardware implementation in order to coordinate the physical and virtual aspects of the display.

She and her firm also provided architectural services for the redesign of LTU’s Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium, another project that required detailed knowledge of media hardware and software.

inFORM studio designed the Bagley Street Pedestrian Bridge as part of the Ambassador Gateway Project in Detroit.

The firm has received numerous state, national, and international awards for design excellence and was named the firm of the year for 2011 by the American Institute of Architects Michigan.

In 2003, the firm was selected as one of eight international finalists out of 1,557 entries to present at the Grand Egyptian Museum Competition Symposium in Cairo. In 2004, the firm was one of 30 firms from around the world invited to participate in the prestigious Canadian Museum of Human Rights competition. It recently received an honorable mention in the worldwide competition for the Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen, China.

The Lawrence Technological University Distinguished Architectural Alumni Award is given annually in recognition of the recipient’s professional, academic, and personal achievements. These achievements include local, national, and international status; charitable, volunteer, and community service; academic achievements; and support of LTU’s College of Architecture and Design.

Van Tine has given back to LTU in many ways. She is a generous donor and a member of the capital campaign’s steering committee. She is a former member of the Architecture Alumni Cabinet and has supported numerous activities of LTU’s College of Architecture and Design.

About LTU:
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.

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