Dean of the School of Architecture Dan Pitera addresses action of change.

Dean of the School of Architecture Dan Pitera addresses the current state of the world.

The School of Architecture (SOA) ranked #1 in the America’s Top Architecture Schools "Most Hired" 2020 report by DesignIntelligence (DI).

This unique course is designed by Jay Pitter, MES, an award-nominated author and placemaker whose practice mitigates growing divides in urban centers.

The conference consists of three keynote events and 58 presentations, featuring speakers from across the world.

The state of community development education is a hot topic among educators in the relatively new field. It’s a major reason why the University of Detroit Mercy’s Master in Community Development program recently brought together top educators for the 2019 Community Development Education Symposium in Detroit.

Incoming Dean of the School of Architecture Dan Pitera writes about the School's past, present and future.

It was a memorable night for the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture at the recent AIA Michigan Honor Awards.

University of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) will celebrate its 25th birthday with new leadership. Christina Heximer and Ceara O’Leary, AIA, are now the new co-executive directors of the DCDC.

University of Detroit Mercy announces the appointment of Dan Pitera, FAIA, as the fourth dean of the School of Architecture (SOA) effective Aug. 1, 2019.

Detroit Mercy’s commencement ceremonies on the McNichols Campus for the School of Dentistry, School of Law, graduate and undergraduate students wrapped up May 11 and faculty, staff and leadership could not be more proud of our graduates. This year marked the first time that the University held separate ceremonies for the graduate and undergraduate programs.

Matthew Northcott knew early in high school that he wanted to study architecture in college. Thanks to the Loranger Nautilus Endowed Scholarship, he was able to achieve his dream at University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture.

University of Detroit Mercy’s Master of Community Development (MCD) program through the School of Architecture will host an open house on Saturday, March 23, from 1-3 p.m. The special event takes place in the Peter Peirce Room of the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on the McNichols Campus.

As a student in Detroit Mercy’s Master of Community Development program, Annie Mendoza ’14, ’16 knew she wanted to put her degree to use benefitting the city of Detroit.

University of Detroit Mercy’s Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., created the University of Detroit Mercy Liturgical Space Consulting Service, a national service that has been involved with a number of award-winning projects.

Grants totaling $1.45 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Kresge Foundation will support the work of the Impact Detroit Network, of which the University of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) is one of the leaders. These grants will support a major initiative designed to improve the lives of Detroit’s youngest residents.

On Thursday, Sept. 13, the entire Detroit Mercy community came together for Celebrate Spirit! “Be the Joy” in the Fitness Center. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and friends of the University celebrated this annual event to welcome everyone to the fall semester and set our spiritual path for the year.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture's student journal Dichotomy won the 2018 Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals from the American Institute of Architects/Center for Architecture this past summer. The journal received an award of $2,000, which will help support publication costs in 2019.

Detroit Mercy’s Dan Pitera was named winner of the 2018 American Institute of Architect Detroit Chapter’s Charles Blessing Award. Pitera is executive director of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC).

Zachary Klima ’12 was standing in line to use the restroom at a Detroit Red Wings game when he heard the crowd erupt with cheers, indicating that the Wings had scored the game-winning goal. “If only,” he thought, “there were a way to know how long the lines were, I might not have missed that goal.” That was in 2012 and it was one of those proverbial light bulb moments that lead to innovations and new discoveries. For Klima, it led away from his full-time job and into the world of technology startups. WaitTime, which entertainment venues use to let fans know how long they’d have to wait in line at restrooms or concessions, is the result.

University of Detroit Mercy held commencement ceremonies on May 11 and 12, 2018, and welcomed more than 1,500 students to the University’s alumni ranks. Congratulations to all graduates for achieving your academic goals!

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center at University of Detroit Mercy recently won a $35,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the 2018 Design Futures Public Interest Design Student Leadership Forum. This forum takes place from May 21-25 on the University’s McNichols campus.

More than 250 alumni and friends gathered on the McNichols Campus for the annual Titan tradition: Detroit Mercy’s Alumni Chili Cook-off, Feb. 24. Taste buds were sent into overdrive with pots of delicious chili created by representative teams of the University’s colleges/schools, as well as the Titan Club.

As the son of an Episcopalian minister, the last place James Timberlake thought he would find himself was a Jesuit university. But it’s his education at University of Detroit he credits with giving him the skills and confidence to build a successful career in architecture helping design significant projects like, most recently, the U.S. Embassy in London with his Philadelphia-based firm KieranTimberlake.

Detroit Mercy Master of Community Development student Eric Lofquist likes a good challenge, so what better way to challenge himself than becoming a Challenge Detroit fellow? “A friend of mine from the MCD program, Caroline Dobbins, works for Challenge Detroit, and she had been a fellow herself, so she told me about it,” Lofquist said. “I went to check it out, and I felt it not only went along with my degree but also some of the things I’m really interested in doing.”

The Volterra Reality Capture Workshop run by University of Detroit Mercy professors won the 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Innovation People’s Choice Award. The Reality Capture Workshop (located in the city of Volterra, Italy) is a long-term collaborative project to create a complete digital documentation of a historical city and a methodology for the information dissemination.

Madhavi Reddy considered herself lucky. She moved to Detroit from Toronto and landed a community development job with Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD). It was Reddy’s dream to continue her work in community development after moving to Detroit, but when she wanted to take the next step in her career, it led her to University of Detroit Mercy’s Master of Community Development (MCD) program.

On Nov. 10, Crain’s Detroit Business announced that The Kresge and Kellogg foundations would invest $50 million toward an early childhood system in Detroit. The effort is called "Hope Starts Here" and focuses on strengthening Detroit’s early childhood education.

To enhance the experience of Master of Community Development (MCD) students, University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture has formed an MCD advisory board.

Join the party at University of Detroit Mercy's 2017 Homecoming on Sept. 29 & 30, as we fill our campus with food, fun and community activities. The celebration is open to all; young and old, students and alumni, neighbors and out-of-towners, we want everyone to feel at home. Let's build this Titan tradition together!

Detroit Mercy is the only Michigan School in top 25 for Midwest Best Regional Universities. The university also ranks #12 in Best of the Midwest for Veterans; #32 nationally for Best Value Schools; and #13 in the nation for Best Undergraduate Business Management Programs.

The School of Architecture will host the nationally renowned Hip Hop Architecture Camp, Aug. 7-11, on the McNichols Campus.

The national reputation of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) continues to rise. The DCDC is currently advising community development and economic engine groups in Memphis and Milwaukee as part of a grant by the Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Practice.

Recently, Will Wittig, dean of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, was named to the Detroit City of Design Stewardship Board to serve in an advisory capacity to the Detroit Creative Corridor Center. This is the local organization that applied for designation by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).

University of Detroit Mercy’s 2017 Homecoming will kick off the weekend of September 29-30 with lots of fun and exciting events on the McNichols, Corktown (Dental) and Riverfront (Law) campuses.

University of Detroit Mercy will hold its annual commencement ceremonies on May 12 and 13, 2017. All three commencement ceremonies will take place in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus.

Each year, University of Detroit Mercy honors one alumnus from each school and college during the Alumni Achievement Spirit Awards. This year, the 2017 Spirit Awards were held Student Center Ballroom on the McNichols Campus, April 28.

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) will take its design philosophy to community leaders in Memphis, Tenn., and Milwaukee, Wisc., thanks to a $39,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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".

Alumna Julia Kowalski ’15 will participate in the yearlong fellowship program, Challenge Detroit, helping to revitalize Detroit.

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.