We believe that quality design can improve quality of life in a city, and we are dedicated to building neighborhood based projects.


Laavu is a Detroit-based architectural design practice rooted in city building. We believe the quality of life for people is grounded in building culturally based neighborhoods with strong identities, respect for the past and innovative ideas for the future, all through a framework of quality design.



Pink Zoning Detroit, now called MIX TAPE, is a research project for the Detroit’s Planning&Development Department, that targets three commercial corridors in the city, for which the selected firms worked to create a vision for redevelopment. Those ideas were tested against existing codes to identify how regulations may be changed to make redevelopment simpler. Maurice Cox, Director of PDD, selected three partners to help the city: Farr Associates/PlaceMakers/CHA, SmithGroupJJR and Laavu.

Kaija Wuollet
2810 Vernor West, Detroit, Michigan 48216