Tiffany Brown

Co-Founder/Architectural Designer/Community Outreach Extraordinaire
Urban Arts Collective

Born and raised in Detroit, Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a Master of Architecture, and a Master of Business Administration all from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI. Tiffany has worked as an Architectural Designer in Detroit as well as construction management. She is currently employed at national architecture and engineering firm SmithGroupJJR, and adjunct professor at her alma matter.

Serving as University Liaison of all schools of architecture in the Midwest region of the United States for the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), Tiffany uses this position to connect with students of architecture across the country to help streamline minorities in the field. Tiffany is also currently serving as Vice president of NOMA’s Detroit Chapter, where she finds great joy in community engagement, mentoring inner-city youth, and striving to increase diversity in construction, architecture and design.

Tiffany has participated in panels and seminars discussing the challenges she has faced first-hand as a woman of color in the profession. She has lectured on this topic, as well as her experiences as an inner-city youth who became a design professional at schools such as University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign and University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Tiffany is dedicated to raising awareness on how planning and design makes a significant social impact in urban communities, and seeks to examine the influence of the built environment and its impacts on culture, behavior, and health.

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