Stephen Vogel, FAIA, was Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy for 18 years. During that time he has focused the school's mission to be engaged in service to the urban community and to educate future architects committed to building sustainable communities. To that end he co-founded the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, a university-based center providing professional design services to non-profit civic and community organizations. The School and the Design Center have been recognized with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards 2002 Grand Prize and 2009 Prize for the Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy. The Design Center was co-curator for the Detroit portion of the international study on Shrinking Cities funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Dean Vogel wrote an essay on "DIY Public Services" for the resulting book on Shrinking Cities and has also authorized a chapter called Detroit [Re]Turns to Nature for the CDC Press. He lectures extensively throughout the United States as well as internationally on the subject of Detroit and shrinking cities most recently in Bernbau, Germany.
Dean Vogel is a founding principal of Schervish Vogel Consulting Architects, PLC. He has over thirty years of experience in architecture, urban design, interiors and historic preservation. He has directed projects that range from multi-family housing, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, urban design and master planning of large scale, mixed-income communities. One of these latter projects is Centennial Village in Atlanta, GA, a thousand-unit HUD HOPE VI mixed income community and national award winner. Among his other projects is the Harmonie Park/Madison Avenue Redevelopment Project in downtown Detroit. This project received a national American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design and a national Merit Award for Urban Design from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Dean Vogel was the Consulting Principal-in-Charge of the interior restoration of the Detroit Opera House, which received a national American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Design. Schervish Vogel Consulting Architects has additionally received over fifty design awards from local, state and national organizations for the excellence of its work.
Dean Vogel was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1994 and has been President of AIA Detroit and AIA Michigan, where he also received their highest award for individuals, the AIA Gold Medal. He received a Bachelor and Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit. He has been on the Board of Directors for the Detroit Institute of Arts and was a Commissioner for the Mackinac Island State Park Commission and Chair of the City of Detroit Historic District Commission.