I’ve always been artistic, so I just assumed a creative career would be in my future. Art was interesting, but I had a fascination for design—I enjoyed pairing function with aesthetics. While I was working in construction, I pursued my interest in , developing talents in technical illustration to help me share those concepts graphically. It’s rewarding to have my own creative ideas and also to be able to illustrate those of others.
Students undertake the Master of Arts in Interiors with either a Plan A and Plan B option. The thesis option (Plan A) requires 24 hours of course work, six hours of Master’s residence credit, and a written thesis with a research emphasis. Plan B requires completion of 30 credit hours, including six hours of ID 700, in which a student develops a design thesis project that engages in innovative problem-solving focusing on the student’s area of specialization. A common core of twelve hours, comprised of ID 650, ID 655, and ID 659, is required of all students. Students complete twelve credits of additional course work around concentration. Students must successfully complete a final examination in the form of a thesis defense, which is required for graduation. Students are admitted for fall and spring semesters. Application deadlines are July 15 for fall admission and November 15 for spring admission.
After launching her career in Toronto, Ontario, working primarily on automotive retail projects in Canada, Alissa joined Kraemer Design Group in February 2017. She graduated from Ryerson University with her Bachelor of Architectural Science degree and is excited to take part in the movement towards downtown Detroit’s revitalization. Both the adaptive reuse and hospitality specialties at Kraemer Design Group provide a challenging platform in which to learn and grow.
Since moving to Detroit he has accrued over 3 years of experience working on residential, commercial, and industrial architectural projects at a variety of scales. Before joining Kraemer Design Group, he worked for two small architectural firms in Southeast Michigan, gaining experience with all phases of project design and management. He has particular interests in urban infill architecture, multifamily residential design, and rehabilitation of historic buildings.
Drew joined Kraemer Design Group in 2014 and is looking forward to completing his National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and working with the rest of the KDG design family to further the revitalization of downtown Detroit.
KDG researches historical data through photo archives, databases, libraries and government plan rooms and fully investigates and documents the interior, both through field measurements and extensive photography. We also have experience dealing with hazardous materials remediation, common to all historic rehabilitation projects. Mechanical systems, incoming utilities, electrical components, structural analysis, vertical transportation, exiting requirements and overall building integrity are all examined.
Having completed more historic renovation projects in Detroit’s urban core than any other firm, Kraemer Design Group’s local expertise in adaptive reuse is unrivaled. Not only do we take the time to understand and research a building’s complete story, we even have a dedicated historian on staff to guide us through the process. We have successfully helped numerous clients apply for and receive critical historic tax credits and know the National Park Service requirements like the back of our hand.
One of the KDG team's favorite after-work bonding activities includes tapping into their inner Bob Ross at Painting with a Twist in Detroit. At this particular event, we had a blast making beautiful portraits of the grand Detroit skyline, which includes a number of projects we've worked or consulted on over the years.
A big “Thank You” to one of our favorite vendors, Interface, who invited KDG to go on an educational trip to the Interface carpet mill along with some other local designers. What a great way for us to understand the process behind carpet production and all that goes into this product – and meet some interesting new people.
Engaging customers through visual merchandising is a science that is supported by the underlying architecture and design. Every retailer, even those that are part of national or global chains, needs a space acutely attuned to its individual product offerings and style. KDG takes the time to understand the brand identity, target clientele and staff vision before commencing on retail projects—whether they are new construction or renovations of spaces in complex urban buildings. Our team’s collaborative and technical approach to retail design ensures a custom everyday masterpiece.
But even the grandest visions or unique design concepts are incomplete without the technical skill and precision needed to bring them to life. In addition to being inspired, passionate and creative individuals, our architects, designers, project managers and staff historian are also well-trained experts in their specialties and held accountable for clean execution and consistent communication.
Frank develops the construction documents and specifications necessary for the translation from conceptual design to physical reality. His exposure to a wide variety of project types puts him in a position to deliver a building of the highest quality.
We possess the creativity, energy, depth and talent to make every multi-family residential project a unique response to our clients’ needs. We identify with the owner, anticipate the needs of the resident, encourage social interaction between neighbors and respect the context of the building within a community. Our designs set the tone for the space, yet allow for the addition of personal touches that will make it a home.