Lisa Sauvé is the Co-Founding Principal and CEO of Synecdoche, an award winning interdisciplinary architecture and creative practice with studios in Ann Arbor and Detroit. The studio has set precedent as a woman-owned ﬁrm that integrates fabrication and real estate development into the operations and investments of the studio. The studio is launching a product line this year from their bespoke designs from their in-house fabrication shop.
She recently founded Do Good Work, a 501c3 non-proﬁt whose mission is to strengthen the community of creators and artists with positive changes in resources and placemaking towards a strong and inclusive social, economic, and cultural fabric of our community. The goal is to translate many of the pro-bono eﬀorts done at Synecdoche into a new program that others may be able to also support.
She is also the Co-founder of StudioStudio, a modern venue and co-working space for creatives and photographers and Partner at IVEY, a non-binary gender neutral salon in Ann Arbor. Both are examples of Lisa’s ability to utilize a diverse range of skills for business development, space design, and collaborations with other woman-owned small business owners.
Lisa is a licensed architect in the State of Michigan and currently serves as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Ann Arbor, including on the Ordinance Revisions Committee. She holds degrees for Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Conservation from Taubman College at the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University.
Her career highlights a framework of distributing succinct contributions toward several roles to create impact in the diverse range of construction, architecture, and design industries. Rather than focusing on growing a sole enterprise, the career objective is to showcase how broadly the architectural expertise can reach from policy, philanthropy, academics, fabrication, investment, development, partnership, and design.
This week at EntreArchitect Podcast, Entrepreneurial Success Through Community-Driven Design with Lisa Sauvé.
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