SOA 2019-20 Lecture Series

Justin Garrett Moore

Wednesday, March 25 – 5:30 p.m.

Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center, Warren Loranger Architecture Building, McNichols Campus

Justin Garrett Moore, AICP, LEED AP, is an urban designer and co-founder of Urban Patch, a social enterprise focused on community design and development. He has extensive experience in urban design and city planning—from large-scale urban systems, policies, and projects to grassroots and community-focused planning, design, and arts initiatives.

Moore is the former Senior Urban Designer for the NYC Department of City Planning where for over a decade he was responsible for conducting complex urban design plans and studies of the physical design and utilization of sites including infrastructure, public spaces, land use patterns, and neighborhood character. His projects included the Greenpoint and Williamsburg Waterfront, Hunter’s Point South, and the Brooklyn Cultural District.

He received degrees in both architecture and urban design from Columbia University, where he is now an adjunct associate professor of architecture, planning and preservation. His professional affiliations include the American Planning Association, the Urban Design Forum, and Next City’s Vanguard. He is one of the founding members of the Black urbanist collective, BlackSpace, and serves as a member of the American Planning Association’s AICP Commission, on the boards of ioby.org and Made in Brownsville, and on advisory groups for the Van Alen Institute, MoMA, and Dumbarton Oaks.


Detroit Mercy SOA Lecture Series is presented by the Great Lakes Fabricators and Erectors Association with additional support from our generous sponsors.

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    Julie Bargmann – SOIL D.I.R.T. cyclical landscapes

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    Along with a degree in fine arts from Carnegie-Mellon, Bargmann earned a Masters in landscape architecture at Harvard Design School. Honors include the American Academy in Rome Fellowship and the Smithsonian National Design Award. She has lectured widely, from New Jersey to New Zealand. TIME, CNN and Newsweek, national and international design publications distinguish Bargmann as leading the next generation in making a difference for design and the environment.

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    Empowering Urban Communities Through Sustainability: A Detroit-Denmark Conversation

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    Join us for a moderated panel discussion with leaders from Detroit and Denmark to discuss their work in strengthening their cities’ through sustainable planning, development, and building initiatives. The program, the second in a three-part Detroit-Denmark Conversation series, is made possible through a unique partnership between the City of Detroit, Detroit Design 139, Design Core Detroit, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Danish Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs, and the Danish Architecture Center. Our goal is to listen, learn, and inspire.

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    • Students using city scooters to get through Detroit. Photo Credit: Michele Brautnick (SmithGroup)Abir Ali, Special Projects Consultant and Director (Moderator)
    • Thomas Krarup, Project Director, COBE
    • Mads Birgens Kristensen, Head of Urbanism, COBE
    • Khalil Ligon, Lead Urban Planner, East Region, Planning & Development Department, City of Detroit
    • Janet Attarian, Senior Mobility Strategist, Principal, SmithGroup

    Photo Credit: Rasmus Hjortshøj (COAST), Michele Brautnick (SmithGroup)