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Weiser Center Speaker Series: The Hudson’s Site: Building a New Detroit Landmark

Detroit’s J.L. Hudson’s department store once occupied a full city block and stood as the tallest retail building in the world. Its closure in 1983 and demolition in 1998 left a physical and commercial void in the heart of the city’s central business district. Bold vision and collaboration have been essential to the reimagination of the site as a new Detroit landmark for the 21st century. Join us for a presentation and moderated discussion of Detroit’s Hudson’s site with Michelle Kleinman, senior associate at SHoP Architects, and Ryan Schell, senior development manager at Bedrock Detroit. Michelle and Ryan will share more about their career journeys, their organizations, and their experience in making this transformational mixed-use project a reality.

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About our Speakers

Michelle Kleinman, senior associate, SHoP Architects

Kleinman is senior associate at SHoP Architects and has been a member of the Hudson’s design team for five years. While on Hudson’s, Kleinman has led enclosure design from concept through execution. Now based in Detroit, she oversees Hudson’s construction and is spearheading SHoP’s continued efforts and commitment to Detroit. Kleinman has additionally worked on diverse project types at SHoP, including adaptive re-use and public space on New York’s East River Waterfront. She received her M. Arch from Columbia University’s GSAPP and B.A. in Art History from Emory University.

Ryan Schell, senior development manager, Bedrock Detroit

Schell is a graduate of U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and senior development manager at Bedrock Detroit. Since joining the company in 2019, he has managed its flagship redevelopment of the site of the former J.L. Hudson’s department store. This project will include over 1.5 million square feet of retail, event space, office, hotel, residential, public space, and parking, and will be the second tallest building in the State of Michigan and the first skyscraper built in Detroit in a generation. In his role, he oversees the project’s strategic direction and partners with internal teams and external consultants to plan, program, design, and deliver a world class product. Ryan has an MBA and Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan's Taubman College, and B.A. in Economics from Harvard University.

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