Catie Newell has brought groups of students to install light-based work in the Spencer Art House and for the 2013 Free City Public Art Festival. Newell is the founding principal of Alibi Studio, Detroit and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. Her work and research captures spaces and material effects, focusing on the development of atmospheres through the exploration of textures, volumes, and the effects of light or lack thereof. The work often reconfigures existing domestic spaces. Newell’s creative practice has been widely recognized for exploring design construction and materiality in relationship to location and geography, and cultural contingencies.