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UDM’s architecture faculty are not just your professors—they’re your coaches and mentors in a challenging, exciting program that will teach you everything from history and theory to urban environments, sustainable architecture and international trends. Check out our full list of faculty & staff.

indexArchitecture FacultyUDM School of Architecture FacultyUDM, architecture, redesign, buildings, faculty, professors, mastersSOA Faculty/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/indexStephen-LaGrassaStephen J. LaGrassaStephen J. LaGrassa Professor of Architecture Degrees Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude, University of Detroit Master of Architecture, University of Detroit Teaches Architectural Design Studio Sustainable Design Professional Practice Visual Communications Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy, detroit, education, graduate, jesuit, masters, mercy, udm, undergraduate, univeristy, university, Architecture, design, visual communicationsStephen LaGrassa/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/Stephen-LaGrassaStephen J. LaGrassaProfessor of ArchitectureBachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude, University of DetroitMaster of Architecture, University of DetroitArchitectural Design StudioSustainable DesignProfessional PracticeVisual Communications/Loranger 118313-993-1522lagrassj@udmercy.eduSchool of Architecturehttp://architecture.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/images/LaGrassa-lg.jpgLaGrassa-lg.jpgLaGrassa-lg.jpgWhy you are going to love my classMy graduate course, Professional Practice, is focused on the business side and procedural aspects of architectural practice. Although you may not love this dose of reality as a student, later as an alumnus, you will appreciate knowing the practical aspects of architecture.Great things for you at UDM

UDM's Architecture program provides you a unique educational experience. With its small size, a collegial faculty and an involved alumni network, you experience a supportive learning environment. Your co-op assignments and the School's urban location also enhance your skills and development as an architect.

From my classes, you will have a better understanding of what architecture encompasses — not just the pure creativity, but also the technical demands you will have to deal with if you want to be a successful practitioner. You will also gain a better understanding of "green," sustainable design issues, which I have been preaching since the 1970s.

Great things in store after UDMYou will appreciate the complexity of what architecture entails — the broad range of issues that you as an architect have to deal with. You will become engaged in these issues rather than ignore them.My favorite part about teaching youThat you are not afraid to jump in and get your feet wet in a project. Because you and your fellow Architecture students come from different backgrounds and with such different skill sets, these differences feed on one another as students share their skills and knowledge.You might like to knowI love music and have participated in eight Michigan Opera Theatre productions as a non-paid performer.
/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/images/LaGrassa-sm.jpgLaGrassa-sm.jpgLaGrassa-sm.jpgYou will have a better understanding of what architecture encompasses — not just the pure creativity, but also the technical demands.
John-MuellerJohn MuellerJohn Charles Mueller Professor of Architecture Degrees B.S.A., University of Detroit Teaches Applied Descriptive Geometry Master’s Design StudioMasters, Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy, detroit, education, graduate, jesuit, masters, mercy, udm, undergraduate, univeristy, university, Architecture, Design, GeometryJohn Mueller/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/John-MuellerJohn Charles MuellerProfessor of ArchitectureB.S.A., University of DetroitApplied Descriptive GeometryMaster’s Design Studio/LO 204B313-993-1512muellejc@udmercy.eduSchool of Architecturehttp://architecture.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/images/UDM-JohnMueller-lrg.jpgUDM-JohnMueller-lrg.jpgUDM-JohnMueller-lrg.jpgWhy you’re going to love my classYou’ll learn how to draw with your hands the old-fashioned way. And students share the opinion it’s an art worth preserving. Manual sketch is a good skill to have when you can’t rely on computers.Great things for you at UDMArchitecture is a high-quality program at a really good school. We work hard to maintain that reputation. So your experience will be worthwhile.“We want great things for you” meansWe want you to earn a great education. But more important than what UDM wants, it’s about what you want to accomplish.My favorite part about teaching you isIt’s fun and constantly satisfying. I feed off your energy. Teaching keeps me from drifting off into the generational gap and keeps me aware of what’s going on. I won’t retire until I’m forced to.You might also like to knowI’m an architect with my own practice, mainly designing small houses and cottages for clients.No other professor can say to youI’m the walking Wikipedia of the world at-large. One student even posted Wikipedia’s logo with my name on the studio door./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/images/UDM-JohnMueller-sm.jpgUDM-JohnMueller-sm.jpgUDM-JohnMueller-sm.jpgManual sketch is a good skill to have when you can’t rely on computers. And students share the opinion it’s an art worth preserving.Joe-OdoerferJoe OdoerferJoe Odoerfer Professor of Architecture Degrees Bachelor of Architecture, University of Detroit Master of Architecture, University of Detroit Teaches Design Studio on Technology Integration Environment Technology I & II Principles of Structural Behavior History of Architecture 1750-Present History of American Architecture 1865-1929Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy, detroit, education, graduate, jesuit, masters, mercy, udm, undergraduate, univeristy, university, Architecture, Design, Art, HistoryJoe Odoerfer/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/Joe-OdoerferJoe OdoerferProfessor of ArchitectureBachelor of Architecture, University of DetroitMaster of Architecture, University of DetroitDesign Studio on Technology IntegrationEnvironment Technology I & IIPrinciples of Structural BehaviorHistory of Architecture 1750-PresentHistory of American Architecture 1865-1929/Loranger 202313-573-0805odoerfej@udmercy.eduSchool of Architecturehttp://architecture.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/images/Odoerfer-lg.jpgOdoerfer-lg.jpgOdoerfer-lg.jpgWhy you are going to love my class

I prepare lectures in advance and send them to you to review before class, so if you have questions, you can raise them in class.

With the presentation loaded on your computer, you don't have to write as much in class — it's not only a more efficient way of taking notes, but also a better way to learn.

Great things for you at UDM

In our Architecture program, you will get the information that you need to apply in your career. I will try to present you with  information about great architects, so you can learn from their mistakes.

And in the Studio course, I have half-hour conversations with you each week so we have a one-on-one relationship. 

Great things in store after UDM

You will come away with knowledge of someone else's experience that becomes your beginning point, so you will enter the profession with 30 years of experience.

You will know all the problems someone else encountered so you won't make their mistakes.

My favorite part about teaching youSharing with you what I learn. I try to make the material as relevant to your life as an architect as I can. I draw on my own experience as an architect and give you that information so you are one step ahead of where I was when I began my career.You might like to knowThere's a lot more passion about architecture here than at other schools I've been.
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allegra-piteraAllegra PiteraAllegra Pitera Associate Professor of Architecture; Director of Digital Media Studies Degrees Master of Fine Art, Cranbrook Academy of Art Architecture degree, California College of Arts in San Francisco Teaches Introduction to Digital Media Introduction to Design Visual Communications Architecture Design StudiosMichigan, University of Detroit Mercy, detroit, education, graduate, jesuit, masters, mercy, udm, undergraduate, univeristy, university, Architecture, associate professor, Director, Digitial mediaAllegra Pitera/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/allegra-piteraAllegra PiteraAssociate Professor of Architecture; Director of Digital Media StudiesMaster of Fine Art, Cranbrook Academy of ArtArchitecture degree, California College of Arts in San FranciscoIntroduction to Digital MediaIntroduction to DesignVisual CommunicationsArchitecture Design Studios/piteraaj@udmercy.eduSchool of Architecturehttp://www.udmercy.edu/dms/index.htmhttp:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/images/PiteraAllegra.jpgPiteraAllegra.jpgPiteraAllegra.jpgMeet Allegra PiteraPlay the video above to hear Allegra Pitera discuss the Digital Media Studies program at UDM.
/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/images/PiteraAllegra-small.jpgPiteraAllegra-small.jpgPiteraAllegra-small.jpgIt's a hands-on opportunity to work with media theory, design and technology to explore what you love to do with digital media.
Dan-PiteraDan PiteraDaniel Pitera Associate Professor of Architecture; Director of Detroit Collaborative Design Center Degrees B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology M.Arch., Georgia Institute of Technology Teaches Architecture Design 4Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy, detroit, education, graduate, jesuit, masters, mercy, udm, undergraduate, univeristy, university, Associate Professor, Architecture, Director, Collaborative DesignDan Pitera/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/Dan-PiteraDaniel PiteraAssociate Professor of Architecture; Director of Detroit Collaborative Design CenterB.S., Georgia Institute of TechnologyM.Arch., Georgia Institute of TechnologyArchitecture Design 4/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/cv-pdf/DCDC_Dan-Pitera_CV-2007.pdfDCDC_Dan-Pitera_CV-2007.pdfDCDC_Dan-Pitera_CV-2007.pdfLO 104313-993-1037piteradw@udmercy.eduSchool of Architecturehttp://architecture.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/images/UDM-DanPitera-lrg.jpgUDM-DanPitera-lrg.jpgUDM-DanPitera-lrg.jpgWhy you’re going to love my classYour position as a student is more than just gaining information. You’re part of a process of making better architecture, and making better urban cities.Great things for you at UDMWe have a Design Center at UDM, which is basically like a teaching hospital for architects. So before you graduate, you’re working on real projects utilizing the knowledge you’ve gained in traditional classes.Great things in store after UDMI have architects from around the country calling me asking me to recommend students to come work for them. I have students now working in California, Alaska, all over the country—and it’s because they’ve been here at UDM.“We want great things for you” meansWe work together in this educational process. You’re not just sitting in a classroom learning in lectures. You’re working together with faculty and students to make better architecture.My favorite part about teaching you isImproving my music and video collection! Actually, the truth is, I do learn from you, and you learn from me, so it’s a two-way street./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/images/UDM-DanPitera-sm.jpgUDM-DanPitera-sm.jpgUDM-DanPitera-sm.jpgAs a student, you're not just gaining information. You're part of a process of making better architecture, and better cities.Noah-ResnickNoah ResnickNoah Resnick Associate Professor of Architecture; Director of Graduate Program Degrees B.Arch., Illinois Institute of Technology M.S. Arch. Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Teaches Master's Thesis Studio Urban Design and TheoryMasters, Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy, detroit, education, graduate, jesuit, masters, mercy, udm, undergraduate, univeristy, university, architecture, urban designNoah Resnick/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/Noah-ResnickNoah ResnickAssociate Professor of Architecture; Director of Graduate ProgramB.Arch., Illinois Institute of TechnologyM.S. Arch. Studies, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMaster's Thesis StudioUrban Design and Theory/Architecture 206313-993-1531resnicns@udmercy.eduSchool of Architecturehttp://architecture.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/images/Resnick.jpgResnick.jpgResnick.jpgWhat you'll take awayYou'll take away a respect and a desire for experimentation within the design studio, a realization that design and research are compatible, and that collaboration — not with just myself, the professor, but with your colleagues — is essential to producing great work.What I like about teaching youMy favorite part about teaching students, especially at University of Detroit Mercy, is how much I continue to learn from you. I hope that every discussion we have is a collaborative one, a back-and-forth of concepts and ideas that we feed each other to make your work better.I will be available to youThe UDM School of Architecture is a very small school and we pride ourselves on the close relationships that we have with our students. If you wanted to talk to me outside of class time, I would always make myself available. On the other hand, the way the studios are run is based on one-on-one communication between me and you, where I can critique your work and talk about other academic issues as well.We want great things for youWhat I want is for you to want great things for yourself. I'm there to push you, to challenge you and help shape you into a creative designer, architect and urban designer so that you can understand your role in the shaping of the city that you live in.You might like to knowYou may like to know that the way I teach architecture and urban design is the way I practice architecture and urban design. When I have a project — for instance, a design of a park in downtown Detroit — I bring that into the classroom so you can experience first-hand the process of design./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/images/Resnick-sm.jpgResnick-sm.jpgResnick-sm.jpgAt UDM, we strive to prepare not just great designers and great thinkers but great professionals.Fr.-Gilbert-SungheraFr. Gilbert Sunghera, S.J.Gilbert Sunghera, S.J. Assistant Professor of Architecture Degrees B.A., Environmental Psychology, University of California, Irvine M.Arch., University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee M.Div., Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley STM, Institute of Sacred Music, Worship and the Arts, Yale University Teaches Contemporary Sacred SpaceMichigan, University of Detroit Mercy, detroit, education, graduate, jesuit, masters, mercy, udm, undergraduate, univeristy, university, Assistant professor, architectureFr. Gilbert Sunghera, S.J./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/Fr.-Gilbert-SungheraGilbert Sunghera, S.J.Assistant Professor of ArchitectureB.A., Environmental Psychology, University of California, IrvineM.Arch., University of Wisconsin–MilwaukeeM.Div., Jesuit School of Theology at BerkeleySTM, Institute of Sacred Music, Worship and the Arts, Yale UniversityContemporary Sacred Space/L0313-993-1037sungheg@udmercy.eduSchool of Architecturehttp://architecture.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/images/UDM-FrGilbert-lrg.jpgUDM-FrGilbert-lrg.jpgUDM-FrGilbert-lrg.jpgWhy you’re going to love my classYou have a chance to explore how religious thought has informed public space or how certain buildings capture a sense of transcendence in their designs.Great things for you at UDMYou’ll get the chance to ask some deeper questions about what it means to acknowledge a power greater than yourself in contemporary times.Great things in store after UDMIt’s not so much that I’m trying to get you a great job as I am trying to help you continue to be a great person—and be genuine in what you do in the larger world.“We want great things for you” meansGetting to study at the only full architecture program at a Jesuit university in the U.S., and one located in a city that is famous for its ingenuity (from the auto to the music industry).My favorite part about teaching you isYou’re real, you know the complexity of life, you work hard, you rise to the occasion and you’re doing incredible work.No other professor can say to youI serve as a consultant on church architecture nationwide./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/images/UDM-FrGilbert-sm.jpgUDM-FrGilbert-sm.jpgUDM-FrGilbert-sm.jpgYou'll think about things you may never have thought of before about sacred architecture and public space.Will-WittigWill WittigWilliam S. Wittig Dean of the School of Architecture; Professor of Architecture Degrees B.A., Architecture, University of Kansas M.A., Architecture, Cranbrook Academy of Art Teaches Ecological Design Master’s Thesis Studio Masters, Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy, detroit, education, graduate, jesuit, masters, mercy, udm, undergraduate, university, university, Dean, Architecture, DesignWill Wittig/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/Will-WittigWilliam S. WittigDean of the School of Architecture; Professor of ArchitectureB.A., Architecture, University of KansasM.A., Architecture, Cranbrook Academy of ArtEcological DesignMaster’s Thesis Studio/www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/cv-pdf/WW25.pdfWW25.pdfWW25.pdfLO313-993-1532wittigw@udmercy.eduSchool of Architecturehttp://architecture.udmercy.edu/http:///www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/images/UDM-WillWittig-2-lrg.jpgUDM-WillWittig-2-lrg.jpgUDM-WillWittig-2-lrg.jpgWhy you’re going to love my classYou’re going to learn what it means to design a green building. You’ll understand the implications of the environmental movement for a designer—and you’ll feel empowered to see how a designer has an impact on the environment.Great things for you at UDMWe are a fairly small program and our students receive more personal attention than at larger programs. When you graduate, you’ll know all the faculty, and we’ll know you quite well.Great things in store after UDMMy overall objective is to put you in a situation that allows you to think for yourself. I’m thinking about you 10 years down the road, and how your experiences here will help you develop as a thinker and a problem solver.My favorite part about teaching you isInteracting with you one on one. It’s enjoyable to see you develop as you grapple with the process of learning how to design, which is not easy. It requires hard work and soul-searching. But you’ll be incredibly passionate about what you’re doing or you wouldn't’t be here.You might like to knowI am working as a consultant on the design for sustainable, affordable house prototype. It’s a single-family affordable house in an urban context./www.udmercy.edu/about/meet_faculty/soa/images/UDM-WillWittig-2-sm.jpgUDM-WillWittig-2-sm.jpgUDM-WillWittig-2-sm.jpgYou’re going to learn what it means to design a green building.
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