If you’ve been following along, we’re working to keep Detroit’s creative community connected during this trying time. Today, we’re honored to be @ Home with… Karl Daubmann, dean of Lawrence Technological University’s College of Architecture and Design. And we’re pretty jealous of his black-on-black limited edition Eames lounge chair and ottoman, too.
@ Home with Karl Daubmann
Karl Daubmann describes himself as a designer, educator and architect. He began teaching at Lawrence Technological University in 2016 and is currently the school’s dean of the College of Architecture and Design. Daubmann is a registered architect. He established his own practice, DAUB (for Design Architecture, Urbanism, Building) Research Studio in 2012. In 2015 he earned the prestigious Founders Prize from the American Academy in Rome and spent 11 months in Italy investigating baroque architecture and its application to robotic technologies. Here’s how Karl’s making the most of work during self-quarantine:
DCDT: Where are working from these days?
KD: “I set up a big table in the main space of my apartment adjacent to the kitchen and dining table. This is where all the tech is collected. I wish I could say I was doing more from my couch but everything seems to be happening from my desk these days including most meals. I have a great chair and really wonderful natural light from the big east facing windows.”
DCDT: What’s the best part about working from home?
KD: “The best part has been the opportunity to devote a bit of time to some creative projects. The time gained by not commuting or travelling has made a space for some of this work. Also learning some new software in support of these projects. A bit of reading and a bit of writing is happening now too. This has me energized and excited and can almost distract from everything that is happening in the world outside.”
DCDT: What’s the hardest part?
KD: “Many non-essential meetings seem to have dropped away but the loss of impromptu office interactions will limit the communication and possibilities for improvements and innovation. The toughest part has been having to schedule and structure those previously informal interactions. The one hour zoom meetings have already been reduced to 45 minutes so that my team doesn't spend their time in back to back Zoom sessions.”
DCDT: What digital platforms are you using most at this time?
KD: “There is a ton of zooming these days. The Zoom sessions are interspersed with calls, texts, and FaceTimes - there is no lack of interaction.”
DCDT: What’s your favorite option for delivery or carry-out?
KD: “Michigan & Trumbull Pizza”
DCDT: How are you spending extra time?
KD: “Spotify is keeping the space from feeling too empty when I need to concentrate. I'm revisiting some old shows that are all stream-able now like Parks & Rec and House.
“Creative professions are often the first impacted during economic uncertainty. Historically these periods have often been the time that creatives explore new ideas and develop the concepts and projects that lead to big trajectory shifts. We process current realities through future proposals in hopes of making things better. “
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