Tiffany Brown

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 extensive experience in architectural design, construction management, and construction administration. She is currently employed at national architecture and engineering firm SmithGroupJJR, and is also faculty at her alma mater’s College of Architecture and Design. At LTU, Tiffany has taught senior design studios with a focus on encouraging the graduating students to also be community activists as architects. Tiffany serves on the K-12 Working Group with the American Institute of Architects.  

Tiffany recently launched a program to support the education and career development of the next 400 women architects, with an underlying focus on African American girls an initiative called 400 Forward. Through a multi-point of contact starting at k-12 levels through licensure, this initiative received a $50,000 matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation via its Knight Arts Challenge, which picked 29 programs focused on Detroit of nearly 2,000 entries. Rethinking architecture education for the traditionally underserved already plays a large role in her career. The architectural designer co-founded Urban Arts Collective, which runs programs that promote alternative science and engineering education for underrepresented groups.

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 college 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 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. She frequently participates in panels and seminars in an effort to bring light to this and related issues.

Tiffany is representing the American Institute of Architects on the National Girls Collaborative Project's National Champions Board, where she is working closely with the AIA's new Director of K-12 Initiatives Del Ruff serving on the K-12 Working Group. More information regarding the AIA's K-12 Working Group curriculum can be found at