Two Great Students Receive 2021 Integrated Design Solutions Scholarship

Shawn Jones and Kymarria Rouser, have been selected as the recipients of the 2021 Integrated Design Solutions Scholarship with the School District of the City of Pontiac. The scholarship provides funds to students who plan to attend a college or university in Fall 2021. The students must also be pursuing engineering or post-secondary education in STEM. Integrated Design Solutions has proudly provided architecture and engineering services to the district for years and is committed to helping students succeed after high school. Congratulations Shawn and Kymarria!

Pontiac Scholarship
Pontiac Scholarship


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MAF Photo Contest

Do you love taking photos of Michigan architecture? Want the chance to see your photos (and photo credit) featured on MAF’s website and social media? What about the opportunity to win some prize money too? MAF announced its inaugural photography competition, “Architecture Inspires 2021” with an extended deadline due to popular demand! The new competition deadline has been extended through Wednesday, September 15, 2021!

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Jacob Klee

Jacob’s passion for architecture developed from being exposed at a young age to his family’s involvement in the construction industry and woodworking.  Going on home tours, like the Parade of Homes in Grand Rapids, further sparked his interest. During these tours, he met numerous architects that encouraged his intrigue in architecture. His passion continued to develop as his love for researching new design trends and drawing buildings grew, and this lead to Jacob deciding to become an architect.

Before his 25th birthday, Jacob got his architecture license; he did not initially plan to take the exams so soon, but he was inspired after having great conversations with some senior IDS members during a retreat up north. While studying for the exams, Jacob’s colleagues were very supportive, and helped him stay motivated. There are so many opportunities to expand your knowledge as you encounter new architecture designs, so having the strength and drive to learn new things is why Jacob will continue to grow into a fantastic architect.

Outside of work, Jacob enjoys traveling, be it road trips around the states, studying abroad in Europe, or visiting friends in Mexico. It gives him the opportunities to see how other people live, work, and play in different cultures. Jacob can also say that he has friends across the world. His sense of adventure continues to grow as he goes camping and explores Detroit. Jacob also has a fondness for playing volleyball; though he has yet to spike the ball, it is one of his goals, so if you are playing with him watch out, or his first spike might just be on you.

Continuing towards his goal of designing spaces that make life better, Jacob stays motivated by curiosity and learning from other people’s experiences. Jacob feels that through the design process, you can empower people to make a positive change in their environment. In the end, he says it is inspiring and fulfilling to see clients and users appreciate their spaces.

“The main tenet of design thinking is empathy for the people you’re designing for.” – David Kelley, Founder of IDEO