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Great Things at UDM

Great Things at the School of Architecture

Great Academics

  • arch studentsUDM’s School of Architectrue received an eight-year accredictation from the National Architecture Accrediting Board  (NAAB),  the new maximum term length.

  • The School of Architecture is a multiple national award winner from the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards for our innovative “integration of practice and the academy.”

  • School of Architecture faculty played a key role in the City of Detroit’s “Detroit Future City” project, which has established new cutting edge planning and development ideas for the city.

  • Associate Professor of Architectrue and Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center Dan Pitera was awarded the 2014 AIA Michigan President’s Award for contributions to the profession.

  • The School of Architecture is the only school in the area with its own private, custom designed facility in Italy, giving students the chance to spend a full semester in Tuscany for about the same cost as living on campus.

Great Student Experiences

  • The School of Architecture has its own full semester exchange program with Warsaw Institute of Technology, also giving students the opportunity to spend a semester in Poland.

  • The School of Architecture was recognized by Architect Magazine as one of six schools in the country committed to social justice.

  • The School of Architecture is the only school in the area with its own in-house architecture practice, giving students the opportunity to work on real projects while serving their local community. The Detroit Collaborative Design Center was recently named as one of the top 100 most influential organizations in the country for “public interest design.” Their work as leaders of the community engagement  process for the Detroit Future City  project received excellent  feedback and promises to be groundbreaking in the field of urban design for post-industrial cities.

  • UDM has the only accredited school of architecture anywhere in North America at a Jesuit or Mercy University, ensuring students a great, well-rounded education with an emphasis on leadership and service.

Great Outcomes

  • UDM’s School of Architecture has had the best overall passing rates in the state on the architecture license exams four years in a row.
  • At the time of graduation in May 2014, 75% of architecture graduates had at least one full-time job offer before graduation.
  • At the American Institute of Architecture’s Michigan Awards Banquet in June 2014, SOA alumni, students and faculty won several key awards, including the Young Architect of the Year award, the AIA Michigan Associate of the Year Award, the prestigious AIA Michigan President’s Award for service to the profession through contributions in the academic realm, and finally, one of our graduates won the state-wide award for the best student project of the year.
  • SOA alumnus James Timberlake, FAIA, ’74, was named by President Obama to the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors.
  • SOA alumnus Mickey Jacob, FAIA, ’81, ’82,  was the 2013 national president of the American Institute of Architects.
  • SOA alumni were named the “Best Young Architect of the Year” in Detroit for four of the past six years.
  • SOA alumni were also named “Best Young Architect of Year” for the entire State of Michigan (four  winners at this level in the past six years.)
  • UDM School of Architecture graduate students won the statewide award from AIA Michigan for the best student design project in Michigan in 2013 and 2014.
  • In the last two years, 11 of the 16 available scholarships awarded statewide by the Michigan Architecture Foundation went to UDM students.

DCDC Wins Public Interest Design Award

The School of Architecture’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center is one of only six winners globally in the fourth annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design, sponsored by Design Corps and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network. The Awards recognize design projects with exceptional social, economic and environmental impact and highlight efforts at creating sustainable projects and positive change in the world. See the winning projects on DesignCorps.org.

School of Architecture Participates in NCARB Integrated Path Initiative

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has announced UDM School of Architecture as one of the first 13 accredited architectural programs to be accepted for participation in the NCARB Integrated Path Initiative. The initiative encourages programs that are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) to propose a pre-graduation integration of education, experience requirements and the opportunity to take each of the six divisions of the new Architect Registration Examination 5.0.

When the program commences, UDM students will have the option to pursue a six-year course of study that will position them to complete all requirements for professional licensure at the time of graduation, reducing their time to licensure by as much as 33 percent.

SOA Faculty Participate in Detroit-Berlin Connection Conference

Detroit-Berlin ConnectionAssociate Professor of Architecture Noah Resnick and Instructor of Architecture Tadd Heidgerken were featured presenters at the second Detroit-Berlin Connection conference held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MoCAD) in midtown Detroit, May 20. The all-day conference focused on the possibilities of Detroit Techno to be a cultural catalyst through the transformation of the massive vacant Fisher Body Plant #21, just east of the New Center area. The subject of the presentation was Resnick's architecture studio, in which 13 students are proposing design visions for this iconic building. See media coverage for more information on the conference.