Architecture journal wins prestigious award

September 24, 2018

Cover of the magazine issueUniversity of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture's student journal Dichotomy won the 2018 Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals from the American Institute of Architects/Center for Architecture this past summer. The journal received an award of $2,000, which will help support publication costs in 2019.

Dichotomy is a student-published journal that focuses on social justice and critical thought concerning intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development issues occurring in and outside of Detroit. The aim of Dichotomy is to disseminate relevant investigations conducted by students, faculty, and professionals. Read the winning issue of Dichotomy.

Will Wittig, dean of the School of Architecture (SOA), said that this award speaks volumes about the dedication students have toward their discipline and the Detroit community.

"I have always been impressed by the depth and quality of our Dichotomy journal since we re-launched this long standing tradition for the School in 2011 with Issue 17. To see their talent and effort recognized with this significant national award, against very stiff competition from architecture programs across the country, is very gratifying, and helps to raise the stature of the program among our peers,” he explained.

Noah Resnick, associate professor of Architecture and director of Detroit Mercy’s Master of Architecture program, serves as a co-faculty advisor for Dichotomy. Tadd Heidgerken, who is an assistant professor of Architecture and coordinator of the second year foundational design studio, also advises the journal.

“This award recognizes not only the outstanding work of the student editors and staff of Issue #23: Hungry, but also the previous 40 years of our superb student journal of architecture and design,” Resnick said.

The Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals was founded to encourage student journalism on architecture, planning and related subjects, and to foster regard for intelligent criticism among future professionals. The award is named for architectural journalist and editor Douglas Haskell, an editor of Architectural Forum from 1949 to 1964, where he was influential in stopping the demolition of Grand Central Station. To learn more, please visit