News Release

Detroit Collaborative Design Center wins 2017 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award

The School of Architecture's Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) has been named the winner of the 2017 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award by the American Institute of Architects. Named for civil rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr., this award distinguishes an architect or architectural organization that embodies social responsibility and actively addresses a relevant issue, such as affordable housing, inclusiveness or universal access.

For the past 23 years, the DCDC has acted as a resource for more than 100 community-oriented organizations in both its hometown and across the country, working with residents and grassroots groups to make positive decisions for their communities that might otherwise get overlooked.

“The community-based work of the design center grounds our mission and demonstrates to every student that architecture is in fact a service profession – we are at our best when we recognize that we are blessed with the opportunity to impact our communities as a force for empowering others,” wrote Will Wittig, AIA, dean of the School of Architecture at University of Detroit Mercy, in a letter nominating DCDC for the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. Read the full press release online and watch the DCDC's 20th anniversary video.

Release date: December 08, 2016

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