Will Wittig is named new dean of ArchitectureProfessor Will Wittig has been named dean of the School of Architecture. He has been a full-time faculty member at University of Detroit Mercy since 2001 where he has served as co-director of the Master of Community Development and director of the Master of Architecture Program. Wittig has been director of the Architecture program since 2009.
A registered architect, whose areas of expertise include community-based urban development, material research, design-build methods and ecological design, he is a United States Green Building Council LEED accredited professional as well as a member of the American Institute of Architects. He has published numerous articles and delivered lectures on each of these subjects.
During his tenure, Wittig has served as a founding co-director of the Master of Community Development program from 2005-2009, and as director of the Master of Architecture Program from 2008-2009. Since 2009, he has been director of the Architecture Program (graduate and undergraduate).
Additionally, Wittig’s work as well as the work of his students has been exhibited in galleries and museums regionally, nationally, and internationally, including the Detroit Institute of Art and the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
Prior to his faculty appointment at UDM, Wittig taught for two years at the University of Michigan, where he was the William A. Oberdick Fellow in 1997-98, and for one year as an adjunct at University of Detroit Mercy. His professional experience also includes five years of professional practice in New York City.
Wittig also co-founded a professional practice in Detroit called Crossings Architecture, which encompassed a number of design/build projects as well as projects for a variety of non-profit organizations. He continues to offer consultation services primarily through UDM’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center.
He earned a Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1996 and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas in 1989.
Wittig’s appointment as dean provides a smooth transition of leadership for the School, ensuring it continues its mission of academic excellence and commitment to building sustainable communities and service to the community.