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Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan. January 3, 2024—In a move that unites the creative energies of two Michigan-based architecture firms, Lott3Metz Architecture and Crutcher Studio, Inc., are joining forces to deliver greater creativity, insights and project types in Detroit and Grand Rapids. This combination creates a new architecture firm with shared values, vibrant design and complementary expertise—enabling it to positively contribute to urban evolution in Detroit and Grand Rapids. The new union will be known as Lott3Metz Crutcher Architecture (L3MC).

Established in 2001, Lott3Metz Architecture earned its reputation for positively shaping the future of Western Michigan by evaluating client needs within the context of the community. Beyond architectural design, the firm’s extensive experience includes preserving historic resources, finding new uses for urban land, and policy, planning and municipal collaboration.

Ken Crutcher, a past Associate Professor and adjunct faculty at Lawrence Technological University and Eastern Michigan University, founded Detroit-based Crutcher Studio, Inc., in 1998. The firm facilitated many challenging design projects while the principal, Mr. Crutcher, engaged in multifaceted professional and academic activities, including serving as the Vice President of the National Organization of Minority Architects–Detroit Chapter and as Chairman of the City of Farmington, Michigan Planning Commission.

“We’re extremely proud to join forces with Ken Crutcher, a prominent architect who brings an impressive, experienced portfolio and a deep, personalized knowledge of the Detroit community,” said Ted Lott, Principal of Lott3Metz Architecture. “This strategic union is indicative of our shared philosophies and solid foundations. Together, we’ll create designs that enrich people’s lives while emphasizing the exceptional historical aspects of Western and Southeast Michigan.”

L3MC will take a fresh approach to design solutions within a context of high environmental consciousness, citizen awareness and community participation. The partnership will offer design and planning services for new construction, renovations, and historic preservation of commercial and residential projects—balancing the best use of space with the diverse needs of the Detroit and Grand Rapids communities and beyond.


About Lott3Metz Crutcher Architecture

As architects and urban designers, Lott3Metz Crutcher Architecture (L3MC) evaluates client needs within the context of the community and provides uniquely tailored services: architecture, interior design, urban design and planning, historic preservation, landscape design and strategic facility planning. Its mission is to provide personal service to every client, designing solutions tailored to each project’s specific requirements. L3MC helps clients anticipate what’s next and navigate complex approval and construction processes.


Ken Crutcher, RA, AIA, NCARB

Ted Lott, AIA, LEED AP


607 Shelby Street, Suite 747
Detroit, MI 48226
(616) 454-5175

645 Cherry Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(313) 937-6008

Opening Day at the GRPS Museum High School

Happy New year from all of us at Lott3Metz!

2018 was a big year for us. We opened the doors on transformative projects like The GRPS Museum High School and WMCAT and we continued our work designing housing of all types for our modern city. We advocated for design and neighbors in our community. We argued about paint on our streets, the water in our river, and the policies of our governments. 

Thanks to all our clients and partners and friends who shared work and raised glasses with us in 2018. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year!


Here's to 2019!

Happy May Day!

Fulton Street Farmers Market was hopping on last Saturday with folks getting the shed and market building ready for opening day. The shed was about a third full of farmers of the last day of the off-season suggesting that we'll have a full house for 2017's opening day on May 6th. Be sure to check out our old friends The Rakowski's and S&S Lamb as well as our new friends, People's Cider. I will see you there!

Fulton Street Farmers Market is one of our all time favorites that is standing the test of time. On busy Saturday's in the summer more than 10,000 people will stop at the market for food and a unique community experience.

Recently, our friend and partner Christine sat down with our friends at Regan Marketing + Design to talk about our work with the Midtown Neighborhood Association to make Fulton Street Farmers Market the community space that it is today.

Thanks to Christine for taking the time and thanks to Giant Brain for our mood music.

Check it out!

Jeff and Tami VandenBerg recently sat down with our friends at Reagan Marketing + Design to talk about our work together on The Pyramid Scheme. Click on the player below to watch their interview.

The Pyramid Scheme is one of the best live music rooms around - noted by musicians far and wide as a great sounding concert hall. If you haven't seen a show there yet, your new favorite band will be coming through soon: get there.

Thanks to Jeff and Tami for taking the time and thanks to Andy Sutton et al. for the robot music.

2016 Alley Cat 6On May 26th more than 60 cyclists were cut loose in the City of Grand Rapids visiting locally owned and operated businesses. A small card containing eight logos and a vague map was the only information participants received before being sent off on a caper that would not disappoint.

IMG 8849Welcome to our new digital home! is back with a fresh new look thanks to our friends at Reagan Marketing + Design!

Mary, Nauman, & Brenda have coaxed us through the web-birthing process with great patience and skill given our solicitude and inconsistency regarding the professional exhibition of our work. They are expert translators and communicators that have moved us to a better place. We hope you'll agree.

So, please browse around the new digs. Take a look at some of the pretty pictures. Let us know what you think. We promise to keep you up to date on our ongoing work in the community.

See you on the street!

MiBiz's Business leaders statewide remain ‘cautiously optimistic’ for 2016 takes a look at the industry's year ahead:

In West Michigan, 52 percent of respondents expect the state economy to improve next year, 39 percent believe it will stay the same, and only 7 percent expect things to get worse.

“Everything is humming right now,” said Greg Metz, a partner at Lott3Metz Architecture LLC in Grand Rapids.

Metz reports higher revenue and customer contacts for his firm as well, “and I just see it continuing.”

Read the full article at MiBiz

Read about Lott3Metz's involvement with redevelopments planned for the East Hills neighborhood: MiBiz: Stakeholder collaboration helps East Hills neighborhood grow.

death flyer smallWe've been awfully quiet - noses to our grindstones and all - here on our blog at Lott3Metz. We'll have more news, very soon, on all the big things demanding our time. Keep your eyes on the sky.

Until then, and in our tradition of supporting our friends & neighbors in the production and display of great art - tonight is the first night of a two night event of which we're very proud to be a small part. Lott3Metz is to helping UICA & The Pyramid Scheme bring a screening of A Band Called Death at UICA & the band Death, itself, to rock out at The Pyramid Scheme.