Allegra Pitera

Allegra  Pitera

Professor of Architecture and Community Development

Allegra Pitera
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Loranger Architecture
Room: LO - 2nd Floor Director's Offices
Phone: 313-993-1479
Allegra Pitera
Areas of Expertise:
Architecture Design
Architecture Drawing
Digital Media


  • Master of Fine Arts, Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Kansas
  • 5-year professional Architecture degree, California College of Arts


Allegra Pitera is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture & Community Development (SACD) at University of Detroit Mercy. Formerly the Director of the Digital Media Studies program for 12 years, she has been teaching in the SACD since 2001 and brings to the University active research, teaching and community service. Her work specializes in design, art and technology; fostering student engagement and academic exploration through a heuristic mode of teaching. Ms. Pitera’s pedagogy is rooted in teaching students to learn to think by challenging them to solve problems & engage critical thinking through multi-faceted and energetic project processes: through the doing and making of architectonic form. In the spirit of the student-centered mission, students are engaged in doing what they love as a vehicle for reaching their fullest potential.

Ms. Pitera was for many years the 1st Year Studio Coordinator, and serves as a representative and/or Chair on numerous University committees. Her education background in design and art include: a Master of Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (Student President), a Bachelor of Fine Art with Highest Distinction from the University of Kansas as well as a 5-year professional Architecture degree with Distinction from the California College of Arts in the Bay Area. Her work has been exhibited and has received awards across the U.S. She has lectured, taught, and/or reviewed projects at Harvard University, Lawrence Technological University, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), Oakland Community College and the Paint Creek Center for the Arts.