In 2010, founding director James Stevens, AIA along with a group of Lawrence Tech students, faculty, and administration established makeLab. The lab was founded in the belief that design cannot be separated from making. makeLab has now progressed beyond teaching and includes research, industry sponsored projects, and international workshops.
Jim Stevens is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University, College of Architecture and Design, where he is the founding and acting Director of makeLab, a digital fabrication and design studio. As director, Jim oversees research, publication and industry-sponsored design projects. Additionally, Jim conducts frequent makeLab workshops and lectures across the U.S. and internationally in China, Europe and India. Jim is coauthor of the book Digital Vernacular, Architectural Principles, Tools and Processes (Routledge 2015). Prior to his appointment to the faculty at Lawrence Tech, Jim was the founding principal of a North Carolina Architecture firm.
Jim is a Licensed Architect in the State of Michigan, certified by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) and is a professional member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is the recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Medal for Excellence in the Study of Architecture and is a Coleman Foundation Fellow. Jim was the 2016 Fulbright Scholar in Albania where he frequently teaches and conducts research. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University (M.Arch. 2007) and a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from The Savannah College of Art and Design (BFA 1994). He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Ferrara, Italy at the Polis University campus in Tirana, Albania.