Team - Jo

JO ALTER

MA, AIA Associate

Senior Project Manager • Designer



Certifications

State of Michigan Notary Public

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Associate
Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN)

Education

Bachelor of Science in Architecture / Lawrence Technological University

Completion of Architectural Experience Program AXP

Master of Architecture / Lawrence Technological University

Honors

Dean’s Honor Roll / Magna cum laude

Graduate with Distinction

Publications

Roseville-East Pointe East Sider Newspaper / Student Places and Design Contest
North Macomb Voice / Student Designs Benefit Habitat for Humanity

As a child, Jo Alter could often be found renovating, using cardboard to make additions to play houses, and drawing chalk houses on her driveway. She also loved visiting her mother who worked in the awe-inspiring Albert Kahn-designed Chase Tower.

Fast forward to her college years at Macomb Community College (MCC), and Jo’s professors noticed she had a knack for reading plans, and understanding three-dimensional spaces while looking at two-dimensional designs.

One professor recommended Jo transfer to Lawrence Technical University (LTU), and to pursue a career in architecture, a field once dominated by men. Despite her hesitation at being in the minority in her classes, Jo persevered, developing the strength to advocate for herself, and even correct her more experienced classmates. She received her B.A. from LTU in 2014, and was promoted at the Eastpointe civil engineering firm where she had worked at since high school.

While there, she sat on the Advisory Board for Civil Engineering, Surveying and Architectural Curriculum at MCC, where she became reacquainted with DesignTeam Plus (DTP) partner Harold Remligner, with whom she had worked as an undergraduate on a project for a Warren park design.

Today, Jo is a DTP Senior Project Manager, and she received her M.A. in architecture in December 2020 from LTU. “As a full service architecture and interior design firm, I love bringing initial ideas to fruition,” she says. “With every project, clients become part of the family, and it becomes a great collaboration. Conversations influence iterations of drawing until there is consensus, and everyone’s ideas are valued as the process unfolds.”

Jo is proud to be a member of the DTP team, where she is taken seriously as a female architectural designer, surrounded by strong women, including owner/partner Shari Stein. “Shari loves her work, and she shares that love with everyone - she has a lot of positive energy,” Jo says. “Just as she passes her passion on to me, I hope to mentor younger women coming up in the field.”