School of Architecture News

School of Architecture to host Community Design conference

"Emergence," the 2014 conference of the Association for Community Design (ACD), will bring together emerging and experienced community designers to discuss topics and highlight those who are leading the way to the future of community design.

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center, housed in UDM's School of Architecture, will host the ACD's 2014 conference in Detroit, June 12 - 15.

Presentations and breakout sessions will take place at the School on Saturday, June 14, and other events will occur around Detroit on the other days.

See the ACD 2014 site for details and registration information.

RSVP is required. Contact Virginia Stanard, Detroit Collaborative Design Center, at 313-993-1037 for more information.

UDM’s 2014 Valedictorian is an Archy!


Elizabeth Grabowski

At the March 23 Honors Convocation, UDM named Elizabeth C. Grabowski, an Architecture major from Sterling Heights, Mich., as Valedictorian for 2014. An intern at the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, Grabowski is described as an “aspiring architectural entrepreneur and social activist who sees design as a collective medium that can greatly impact the human condition through creativity, innovation and passion.”

DCDC celebrates 20 years of rebuilding communities

dcdc 20th anniversary

At the DCDC 20th Anniversary presentation at the Detroit  Public Library are (l to r): Professor of Architecture and  former Dean Stephen Vogel, Architecture Dean Will Wittig,   Director of ARISE!Detroit Luther Keith (who made remarks   at the event), UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi, and DCDC   Executive Director Dan Pitera.

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), in the School of Architecture, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. With a portfolio ranging from award-winning homeless shelters and graffiti galleries to neighborhood master plans and green infrastructure visions, the DCDC has long collaborated with many community-based clients.

One of DCDC’s most exciting ventures is an ongoing project on Livernois Avenue in northwest Detroit. The Livernois Community Storefront is a pop-up community space that occupies a formerly vacant storefront along the historic Avenue of Fashion, a struggling commercial corridor with a rich history and strong building stock. The storefront was a product of many local partners and coincided with an event that further met the community’s collective goals. Overall, the storefront created a new type of pop-up focusing on community activities and spurred additional attention and investment along the Avenue.

To celebrate DCDC’s 20th anniversary, the Design Center displayed an exhibit about its work and projects at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library in March. In addition, on Feb. 12, Dan Pitera, DCDC executive director, and Virginia Stanard, DCDC design fellow, gave a presentation on DCDC philosophies, projects and achievements during its 20 years in conjunction with the exhibit at the Library’s Strohm Hall.

Visit the DCDC 20th anniversary website to see videos of the presentations, as well as a photo gallery of the DCDC’s projects over the past 20 years.

Detroit Collaborative Design Center featured in Model D

A reporter from Model D recently visited the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), housed in UDM's School of Architecture, and interviewed several of the staff during the Center's 20th anniversary for a feature article. Read the Model D feature, "Designing with Detroiters: DCDC turns 20."

Architectural Design and Digital Media Summer Camps 2014

The School of Architecture is offering two exciting summer camps for high school students:
Digital Media Design Camp for high school students There are two separate tracks: Digital Media OR Architecture. This is a great opportunity for high school students to have fun with digital media and graphic design! Call 313-993-1532 or email for more information.  Apply by June 3, 2014.
Architecture Design Camp This exciting, educational, and innovative summer program is a one-week commuter camp for high school students interested in gaining exposure to the world of Architecture. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts of architecture, design and engineering through a variety of hands-on projects while working within a university studio environment. Participants must be currently enrolled in the 9th-12th grades during the 2013-2014 academic year. Apply by June 3rd, 2014.

Visit the camp website for more information.

DCDC wins public interest design award

DCDC is one of only six winners globally in the fourth Annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design, sponsored by Design Corps . The awards recognize design projects with exceptional social, economic, and environmental impact. The SEED Awards represent the forces needed to create truly sustainable projects and positive change in the world.

For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to

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