Karl Daubmann, B.Arch. ’95, becomes Dean at Lawrence Technological University

Karl Daubmann, a 1995 RWU B.Arch. graduate

Karl Daubmann, a 1995 RWU B.Arch. graduate, has been named dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University, after serving as a Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. In recent years at Michigan, Daubmann also served and associate dean of post-professional degrees and technology engagement. He is a registered architect with a record of projects in design technology, manufacturing, and multidisciplinary design. Daubmann is the recipient of the 2015 Founders Prize from the American Academy in Rome, where he spent nearly a year in Italy investigating fabrication and assembly techniques of stone and concrete construction utilizing robotic technologies.

Daubmann in recent years established his own practice, DAUB (for Design Architecture, Urbanism, Building) Research Studio, focusing on expanding the relationship between design and technology, digital/robotic fabrication and building. Prior to this he served as Vice President of Design and Creative Director for Blu Homes, overseeing product development and project design from offices in Boston, San Francisco, and Ann Arbor. In this capacity he led a team that developed modern, green, prefab houses that fold for shipping across North America. Daubmann was also a partner of PLY Architecture, where the firm won awards for both built and speculative projects include the 2010 and 2011 Architect Magazine R+D Award for architectural research; a national AIA 2010 Small Project Practitioners Award; a commendation from Architectural Review; and seven Michigan AIA Awards.

After completing his B.Arch. from Roger Williams, Daubmann received a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Karl has come back to lecture at RWU in recent years, and is a frequent participant in design studio reviews at the school over many years.