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Saturday, Sept. 17

Tour de Troit

6 a.m., Meet at Corktown Campus parking lot
The 15th Annual Tour de Troit, presented by Flagstar Bank on Sept. 17, is a bike ride that explores some of the city's historic areas, takes in many of its most breathtaking sights and provides bicyclists a unique opportunity to legally "take over" the streets of Motown.
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Saturday, March 25

Accepted Students Day

9 a.m., McNichols Campus
Learn more about your major by spending time with deans, faculty, staff and students from your school or college.
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Saturday, April 22

College Prep 101

9 a.m., Ballroom and Fountain Lounge, Student Center, McNichols Campus
High school seniors, gain the tools you need for the college selection process!
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Current News

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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$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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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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Alumnus recognized in new hire, promotion list

December 08, 2015

Alumnus Donald Kaupp ’96 was recognized in the Richmond Biz article, “The Herd: New hires, promotions and departures,” Dec. 8.

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Alumnus interviewed on architecture career

November 13, 2015

Alumnus David Charette '03 was interviewed on his architecture career in the Academic Troll Blog article, “Designer Interview: Jay Britto and David Charette,” Nov. 9.

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SOA students primed for Brush Park Architectural Competition

October 01, 2015

UDM SOA students as well as students from Lawrence Technological University and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago will each dedicate one studio with about 15 students each, to explore future urban housing. At the end of the fall semester, each university will submit about six different proposals. See media coverage below for more information.

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SOA students reflect on summer in Italy

October 01, 2015

UDM School of Architecture (SOA) faculty and students who participated in last summer's study abroad program at the Volterra International Residential College in Volterra, Italy, have shared their experiences on the SOA Volterra program website.

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SOA participates in NCARB Integrated Path Initiative

September 01, 2015

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has announced UDM School of Architecture as one of the first 13 accredited architectural programs to be accepted for participation in the NCARB Integrated Path Initiative.

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Associate Professor interviewed on architectural community

August 14, 2015

Associate Professor of Architecture Noah Resnick was featured in the My Jewish Detroit article, “On Building Community Brick-by-Brick, Block-by-Block.”

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Alumna receives 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award

August 13, 2015

Director of Interpretation and Research for the Chicago Architecture Foundation Jennifer Masengarb '96 was named the 2015 Distinguished Alumni from the University of Virginia's School of Architecture. Masengarb serves on the School of Architecture advisory board. She will speak at the university and receive her award at a reception in Charlottesville on September 26.

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Alumnus designs and opens Detroit doughnut shop

July 30, 2015

Alumnus Brian Dubois '99 collaborated with co-owners Herman Hayes and Ken Moody to design and open Dilla's Delights Detroit Doughnut Shop and were featured in the Daily Detroit article, "Check out what the inside of Dilla’s Delights Detroit Doughnut Shop is going to look like," July 30.

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SOA holds regional transit development meeting

July 29, 2015

UDM will host the transit development meeting, Transit for the 21st Century Campus, on Wednesday, July 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center of the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on UDM's McNichols Campus. The Regional Transit Authority is developing a Regional Transit Master Plan to improve current transit and introduce new transit for the four-county Southeast Michigan region.

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Alumna selected for 2015 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship

July 21, 2015

Alumna Elizabeth Grabowski was selected as one of the recipients of the 2015 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship. Grabowski was featured in The American Institute of Architecture article, "The American Institute of Architects selects the 2015 recipients of the Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship," July 21.

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DCDC designer discusses city park improvements

June 30, 2015

UDM's Detroit Collaborative Design Center Senior Landscape Designer Charles Cross discusses city park improvements in the Model D article, "Despite Detroit's troubled history with parks, some spots shine for youth," June 30.

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SOA faculty spoke at Detroit-Berlin Connection conference

May 26, 2015

Assistant Professor of Architecture Tadd Heidgerken and Associate Professor of Architecture Noah Resnick spoke at the Detroit-Berlin Connection Conference in May and were featured in the Model D article, “'Keep Detroit Weird' and other takeaways from second Detroit-Berlin Connection Conference,” May 26.

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Alumna promoted for SmithGroupJJR

April 29, 2015

Alumna Laura Matter was promoted to principal for firm SmithGroupJJR and recognized in the DBusiness article, "SmithGroupJJR Promotes Principals In Detroit, Ann Arbor," April 23.

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Female alumni, students, faculty earn honors

April 10, 2015

It has been an exceptional year of recognition for female students and alumni of the School of Architecture. The following women were acknowledged for their work and contributions to the profession.

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DCDC wins SEED award

April 10, 2015

The School of Architecture’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center is one of only six winners globally in the fourth annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design,

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Alumna interviewed on Howard University radio station

April 06, 2015

Alumna Lori Allan was interviewed by Howard University President Wayne Frederick on WHUR, Howard University's FM radio station.

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Alumnus featured on Milwaukee radio

February 12, 2015

Alumnus Michael Ford '06 of Flad Architects was featured in the 88Nine Radio Milwaukee article, "Did Architecture help give birth to hip hop? The topic of UWM lecture today," Feb. 12.

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MCD Student highlighted in Crain's Detroit Business

February 02, 2015

Master of Community Development student Tiffany Tononi was highlighted in the Crain's Detroit Business article, "Detroit Mercy program trains leaders in HOPE," Feb. 1.

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Student wins WIA Emerging Professional Inspiration Award

January 25, 2015

Student and Fellow in the Challenge Detroit Urban Revitalization Program Samantha Szeszulski has been awarded the ninth annual WIA Emerging Professional Inspiration Award.

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Alumnus named one of 14 National AIA Young Architects of the year

January 23, 2015

Alumnus Andrew Dunlap has been recognized as one of 14 National AIA Young Architects of the year. See his profile featured on the AIA website.

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Former DCDC intern qualifies as finalist for Knight Cities Challenge

January 21, 2015

2010 Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) intern Erin Kelly was featured in the Detroit Free Press article, "Detroit Knight finalists think outside the box," Jan. 18.

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SOA Lecture Series featured

January 14, 2015

The School of Architecture's 2014-2015 Lecture Series and poster has been featured on Archinect's "Get Lectured" website. "Get Lectured" is an ongoing series featuring school lecture series for the current term.

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Alumnus designs U.S. Embassy in London

January 11, 2015

Alumnus James Timberlake '76 was acknowledged in the Detroit Free Press article, "Being safe doesn't mean it has to be ugly," Jan. 11. Timberlake is commended for his design of a U.S. Embassy in set to open in London, balancing aesthetically pleasing curb appeal with adequate security.

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DCDC partners to facilitate use of urban livestock

January 02, 2015

SOA's Detroit Collaborative Design Center partners with the city of Detroit to help facilitate public education about urban livestock. Read the full Detroit Metro Times article, "News Hits: Detroit proposes timetable for urban livestock policy", Dec. 23.

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Alumnus uses degree as a golf club fitter

January 01, 2015

Alumnus Bryan Carpenter has been recognized in The A Position article, "A fitting gift for any occasion," commending him for his quality of work as a golf club fitter. Putting his knowledge of math and physics from his Architectural Design degree to good use, Carpenter has been part of the staff at Miles of Golf near Ann Arbor for over six years.

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Alumnus featured in Model D on startup architecture firm

December 16, 2014

Alumnus Mark Klimkowski ’09 was featured in the Model D article, “Virtuoso Design + Build expands staff to five, looks for own workspace,” for founding his own architecture startup firm, Dec. 16.  The downtown Detroit-based venture specializes in everything from interior design to construction build outs.

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Tenure Track Position in Architecture, Assistant or Associate Professor

October 30, 2014

The School of Architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy is seeking applicants to join our faculty community in a full time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.  Several areas of interest/expertise will be seriously considered during this search, so a broad range of applicants are encouraged to apply.

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School of Architecture Welcome Min | Day Architects

October 15, 2014

University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture welcomes E.B. Min and Jeffrey L. Day of Min | Day Architects to speak as part of the SOA's 2014-15 Lecture Series. The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Exhibition Center in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on the McNichols Campus.

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UDM Hosts 25th Annual Safety Street

October 10, 2014

Pounds of Snickers, Reese’s, Hershey and Twix bars were handed out to brave little goblins and ghouls visiting University of Detroit Mercy for the 25th annual Safety Street.

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UDM Offers High School Visit Day on Saturday, Oct. 4

September 30, 2014

High school students are invited to attend University of Detroit Mercy’s "Visit Day" on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon. Events will be held in the Fountain Lounge of the Student Center Building on the University’s McNichols Campus.

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Hip-Hop Inspired Architect Michael Ford Returns to Alma Mater

September 24, 2014

Highland Park native and University of Detroit Mercy graduate Michael Ford '06 will speak at the School of Architecture to discuss his hip-hop influenced exhibit.

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UDM Ranked Again in Top Tier of U.S.News & World Report

September 09, 2014

For the 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” rankings. UDM was also featured this year in the publication’s “A-Plus Schools for B Students” category.

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UDM Students, Faculty and Staff Celebrate Spirit!

September 03, 2014

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy faculty, staff and students gather in Calihan Hall for the annual "Celebrate Spirit!" event. This longstanding tradition is a symbol of the beginning of the new academic year for students, faculty and staff and will include a worship service for all faiths, picnic lunch and student organization fair.

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UDM to Award $20,000 and $10,000 Catholic Education University Grants to Catholic School Graduates

August 05, 2014

University of Detroit Mercy, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Detroit, will award a new Catholic Education University Grant of $5,000 annually for four years to qualified graduating seniors who enroll at UDM and attended Catholic schools from first grade through high school.

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'Celebrate Spirit!' at UDM

July 30, 2014

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy faculty, staff and students gather in Calihan Hall for the annual "Celebrate Spirit!" event. This longstanding tradition symbolizes the beginning of the new academic year for students, faculty and staff and will include a worship service for all faiths, picnic lunch and student organization fair.

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UDM Welcomes Detroit Future City's Chris Dorle

July 22, 2014

University of Detroit Mercy will welcome Chris Dorle, of the City Systems Working Group for Detroit Future City, on July 22 at 6 p.m. in the Engineering Building, room E-212. Dorle will be discussing "Transit and Community Development" for the city of Detroit.

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University of Detroit Mercy Joins Michigan Colleges Alliance

June 12, 2014

SOUTHFIELD, MI – University of Detroit Mercy will become the 15th campus member of the longstanding private college collaborative, Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA). Founded in 1949, MCA is recognized nationally for its collective programming to support Michigan independent higher education in areas such as student access, enrollment, scholarships and career opportunities including partnerships with key employers across the state. As a group, the 15 college and university members represent more than 40,000 students, collectively the state’s “third largest university”.

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2014 Commencement Ceremonies set for May 9 & 10

April 30, 2014

University of Detroit Mercy will hold its annual commencement ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students on Saturday, May 10, at 1:30 p.m. in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus.

The day before, on Friday, May 9, the UDM School of Dentistry will hold commencement at 9:30 a.m., and the School of Law will hold commencement at 5 p.m. Both ceremonies will also take place at Calihan Hall. In total, the University will graduate more than 1,500 students during the three commencement ceremonies.

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2014 Architecture / Digital Media Summer Camp

April 28, 2014

Exciting, educational, and innovative summer programs for high school students interested in gaining exposure to the worlds of Architecture Design or Digital Media.  These are one-week commuter camps.

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UDM Honored Alumni With Achievement Awards

April 10, 2014

University of Detroit Mercy honored seven distinguished alumni on April 11, 2014, when it hosted the inaugural Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards in the Student Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus.

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Livernois Avenue Kicks Off 'Third Thursdays' April 17

April 08, 2014

Enjoy a spring evening on the Avenue of Fashion when Art Detroit Now’s “Third Thursday” program, which aims to draw patrons to Detroit’s many art galleries and venues, extends to Livernois Avenue on Thursday, April 17.

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Scholarship Opportunity

April 01, 2014

Upon admission to the Architecture program at University of Detroit Mercy you may eligible for the Loranger Nautilus Endowed Scholarship. Officially announced in 2014, this scholarship is worth approximately $3,000 per year, renewable each year of the 5-year Architecture program. The name is in honor of our benefactor, Mr. Warren L. Loranger who donated the funds, and the nautilus shell is the symbol of the School or Architecture.

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UDM Accepted Students Day is a Success

March 30, 2014

Nearly 500 people joined University faculty, staff, students and alumni on Saturday, March 29 for Accepted Students Day on the University’s McNichols campus. Almost 200 high school students joined their parents and families for a day exploring campus life, Student Fitness Center activities and nearly every academic building, learning about the University’s strong academic experiences and individual attention at UDM.

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UDM’s DCDC Celebrates 20 Years of Rebuilding Communities

February 17, 2014

University of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) in the School of Architecture is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. With a portfolio ranging from award-winning homeless shelters and graffiti galleries to neighborhood master plans and green infrastructure visions, the University has long collaborated with many community-based clients.

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UDM Visit Day on Feb. 15

February 14, 2014

High school students are invited to attend University of Detroit Mercy’s “Visit Day” on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, from 9 a.m. to noon.  It will be held in the Fountain Lounge of the Student Center Building on the University’s McNichols Campus.

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