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2016 Architecture News

DCDC added to Curry Stone Design Prizes Social Design Circle

January 18, 2017

The School of Architecture's Detroit Collaborative Design Center was acknowledged as one of 100 of the "most influential socially engaged practices" according to the Curry Stone Design Prize, and was added to the organization's Social Design Circle.

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Master of Community Development grant concludes with major success

December 20, 2016

This month marks the conclusion of the $750,000, three-year grant awarded to the University of Detroit Mercy by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support the Master of Community Development (MCD) program. The grant was designed to create a pipeline of leaders committed to strengthening local neighborhoods and to increase capacity of local non-profit organizations through Capstone scholarships, internship placements for students, and fellowships for recent graduates.

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Kresge, Detroit Collaborative Design Center to team up on childhood development initiative

December 14, 2016

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) is partnering with the Kresge Early Years for Success Initiative: Detroit thanks to a $200,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation.

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

December 08, 2016

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.

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Preserving Volterra

October 28, 2016

School of Architecture's public non-profit Volterra Detroit Foundation was highlighted in the International Business Times article, "Preserving Volterra: How drones and lasers are documenting 3,000 years of Italian history," Oct. 28.

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Alumnus speaks on how music can influence people

October 20, 2016

Architecture alumnnus Michael Ford '06, the "Hip-Hope Architect," was interviewd in the Curbed article, "The hip-hop architect on how music and the environment can influence one another," Oct. 18.

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Detroit Mercy participated in 27th Annual Safety Street

October 19, 2016

Approximately 1,400 pounds of Twix bars, Three Musketeers, Hershey’s and other candy were passed out to little princesses and ghosts during University of Detroit Mercy’s 27th annual Safety Street celebration, Oct. 28. More than 550 children from all over the Detroit area came dressed in their favorite Halloween costume.

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Challenge Detroit alumna interviewed

October 19, 2016

Architecture alumna Julia Kowalski '15 was interviewed by WWJ-AM and spoke on her work with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center and the importance of architecture and engineering co-ops. Kowalski will participate in the yearlong fellowship program, Challenge Detroit, helping to revitalize Detroit. Listen to the full interview online.

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Alumni highlighted in article on Live6 Alliance headquarters

October 12, 2016

Several School of Architecture alumni were featured in the ModelD article, "New Live6 Alliance headquarters and its homegrown director bring energy to neighborhood," Oct. 10.

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Alumnus Klima makes Crain's 40 Under 40 list

October 12, 2016

Congratulations to Zach Klima '12, who recently made the Crain's Detroit Business 40 Under 40 list as Founder and CEO of WaitTime LLC.

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Architecture Lecturers: Elizabeth Mossop and Detroit Innovators

September 14, 2016

As part of the 2016-17 Lecture Series, University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture welcomes Elizabeth Mossop of Spackman Mossop and Michaels on Monday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. as well as a discussion panel featuring “Detroit Innovators,” showcasing the impact on Detroit’s resurgence completed by 25 alumni, on Friday Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. Both events will be taking place in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building’s Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center on Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus.

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Alumna Kowalski selected to participate inChallenge Detroit

September 02, 2016

Alumna Julia Kowalski ’15 will participate in the yearlong fellowship program, Challenge Detroit, helping to revitalize Detroit. Kowalski was highlighted in the Daily Tribune article, “Orion Township resident selected as one of 43 across country to participate in Challenge Detroit,” Aug. 19.

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Alumnus discusses hip hop and urban planning

September 02, 2016

Alumnus and expert on “Hip Hop Inspired Architecture” Michael Ford '06 was highlighted in the Detroit Metro Times article, “How architecture and shitty urban planning created hip-hop,” Aug. 25.

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DCDC continues progress in Denby neighborhood

August 11, 2016

Progress continues near Denby High School in northeast Detroit as the School of Architecture's Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), the Denby Neighborhood Alliance and redevelopment organization Life Remodeled work with thousands of volunteers to renovate the neighborhood.

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$250,000 Kresge Foundation grant designed to promote collaboration with Detroit Collaborative Design Center at University of Detroit Mercy

July 11, 2016

The Kresge Foundation has approved a three-year grant totaling $250,000 for operating support for University of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) to aid in its mission of helping community development organizations strengthen Detroit’s neighborhoods, June 29.

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SOA hosts 2016 Design Summer Camp

July 06, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture hosted its SOA Design Summer Camp, June 20-24. Eight high school students spent the week learning about design and digital software while using their skills and imagination to create a site model on Detroit’s Riverwalk, east of Chene Park.

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SOA helps LGBT Detroit move to new headquarters

July 01, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture was recognized in the Crain’s Detroit Business article for its work in designing a new LGBT Detroit headquarters in Northwest Detroit, June 29.

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Rising star alumna selected for fellowships

June 17, 2016

Rising star in the Detroit Collaborative Design Center Rebecca "Bucky" Willis '12 has been selected for three different and equally impressive fellowships.

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School of Architecture nationally ranked

June 16, 2016

The School of Architecture has received a Graduate Smart Rank (GSR) of #25 out of the best 100 graduate architecture schools in the nation, according to StartClass.

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Challenge Detroit Fellowship continues to succeed

June 15, 2016

Recently, the School of Architecture has shared some major highlights regarding its participation in the Challenge Detroit Fellowship program.

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School of Architecture recognized in design blog

May 31, 2016

Detroit Mercy School of Architecture was recognized, amongst other notable art and design institutions of Detroit, in the blog, Preservation of Community Assets, May 31.

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Associate professor consulted for Jesuit high school chapel construction

May 20, 2016

Associate Professor of Architecture Gilbert Sunghera, S.J. recently served as a consultant in the construction of a Jesuit high school chapel in California by firm Hodgetts + Fung. Acclaimed Architectural Critic Aaron Betsky reflected on the project in the Architect magazine article, “The Quiet Architecture of Hodgetts and Fung's Jesuit High School Chapel,” May 9.

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Alumnus named chief strategy officer at TechTown Detroit

April 20, 2016

Architecture alumnus Graig Donnelly ’03 was named assistant vice president for economic development at Wayne State University and chief strategy officer at TechTown Detroit and was featured in the DBusiness article, “WSU names chief strategy officer for TechTown Detroit,” April 20.

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SOA 2015/2016 Lecture Series: Maurice Cox (video)

March 30, 2016

As part of the annual lecture series hosted by the Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, City of Detroit Director of Planning and Development Maurice Cox gave a presentation, March 23, 2016.

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Alumnus named senior project manager at Stantec

March 23, 2016

Alumnus Matthew Prince '98 has been named senior project manager at Stantec and was mentioned in the DBusiness article, “Stantec adds new senior project manager, technical designer,” March 1.

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Detroit Director of Planning and Development to Speak at UDM

March 16, 2016

UDM's School of Architecture welcomes Director of Planning and Development for the City of Detroit Maurice Cox to speak on Wednesday, March 23 at 5 p.m. There will be a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. and will take place in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on the McNichols Campus.

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SOA 2015/2016 Lecture Series: Craig Hodgetts and Hsinming Fung (video)

February 27, 2016

Architects Craig Hodgetts and Hsinming Fung of Hodgetts + Fung, Los Angeles, gave a presentation as part of the Detroit Mercy School of Architecture's annual lecture series, Feb. 24, 2016.

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SOA 2015/2016 Lecture Series: Takashi Yanai (video)

February 19, 2016

Architect Takashi Yanai of Ehrlich Architects (Culver City, Calif.) gave a presentation at UDM's School of Architecture, Oct. 21, 2015. Yanai was the recipient of the 2015 AIA National Architecture Firm Award.

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Alumna receives 3M Teaching Fellowship award

February 10, 2016

Alumna Veronika A. Mogyorody '88 has been selected as one of the recipients for the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship award. This is the highest university teaching award that one can receive in Canada. 

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Alumnus creates tabletop models of Detroit for Bedrock Real Estate Services

January 02, 2016

Alumnus Dean Zoyes '94, and wife Aimee Zoyes, of Zoyes Creative Group spent more than 3,500 hours creating large tabletop models of a fictional downtown Detroit for Bedrock Real Estate Services and were recognized for their contributions to the city in the Crain's Detroit Business article, "Couple create tabletop tableau of Detroit today...and tomorrow," Jan. 2.

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