Great Things at UDM
Great Things at the School of Architecture
- For the third year in a row, UDM Architecture graduates have the highest pass rate on the Architect Registration Exam in the state of Michigan, leading in 3 of 7 categories and overall in 2011. They have also surpassed the national pass rate average.
- In May 2012, approximately half of the graduating class already had positions in the field in place prior to graduation.
The UDM Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (our central extra curricular student organization) won the Chapter Honor Award for 2011 –recognized as the best AIAS Chapter in North America.
UDM’s School of Architecture received the full 6-year accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) with 100 percent of student performance criteria met.
Design Center Makes a Difference in Detroit
The School of Architecture's Detroit Collaborative Design Center is recognized worldwide for its exemplary work in community-based design. Their current work as leaders of the community engagement process for the Detroit Future City project for the city of Detroit received excellent feedback and promises to be groundbreaking in the field of urban design for post-industrial cities.
Architecture Magazines Recognize SOA
In 2012, Architectural Record magazine listed UDM SOA as one of 9 universities in the country with outstanding community design programs. In 2010 Architect magazine named UDM SOA one of 6 schools in the country committed to social justice.
Only Accredited Program
UDM’s School of Architecture is the only accredited architecture program at any Jesuit or Mercy university in North America.
SOA Study Abroad
The School of Architecture has two great study abroad programs that allow students to complete a full semester in Europe. This year the School opened a newly renovated private facility in Volterra, Italy that gives students the chance to study for a full semester in Italy in a world class learning environment.
$750,000 Grant to Support Community Development Program
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded UDM a $750,000 grant to support the Master of Community Development (MCD) Program. The grant will provide students from diverse backgrounds with scholarships, co-op placements and fellowships as they learn to become leaders in sustainable community development. The MCD program is a graduate degree in UDM's School of Architecture, which prepares students for careers in real estate development, business management and municipal planning and development. Read the UDM news release for more.