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Home Project by Alum, Board Member Receives Detroit Home Awards

A Detroit single-family residence designed by SCI-Arc alum and board member Michael Poris (M.Arch '90) was recognized by Detroit Home with three annual design awards. The two-story house was named the 2010 Best Overall Home and received the Best Contemporary Residential Architecture (less than 4,000 sq.ft.) and Best Kitchen (less than 200 sq.ft) awards offered by the magazine.

Detroit Home's spring issue is dedicated to its 2010 annual design awards.

Michael Poris, principal of McIntosh Poris Associates, is a native Detroiter who has spent much of his professional life championing the revitalization of his hometown.

After graduating with an M.Arch from SCI-Arc, Poris worked at renowned firms on both the East and West coasts, including Cesar Pelli & Associates, Morphosis Architects, Frank O. Gehry Associates, and Richard Meier and Associates. He then chose to return to Detroit in 1994 to found McIntosh Poris Associates with the late Douglas McIntosh, a friend since childhood. They each had a desire to make a positive and profound difference in their hometown, and a determination to renew Detroit's iconic buildings, neighborhoods, and downtown—as well as add to them with new projects.

A recent TIME magazine article, Taking Back Detroit, One Block at a Time, talks about Poris and his firm's role in the rehabilitation of Detroit's Garden Theatre.

Poris' firm helped save 20th–century landmarks including the Park Shelton tower—for which it did a residential conversion—the Eureka Building, which won his firm a Michigan Historical Preservation award for adaptive re-use of the mixed-use facility, and the Book Cadillac hotel. The firm developed master plans for Park Avenue, North Corktown, Broadway District, and Michigan Central Depot, and Poris remains vocal in rescue efforts.

Michael Poris has been serving on the board of trustees at SCI-Arc since 2001.

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