Grants aid students and community work

Recent charitable grants totaling more than half a million dollars will support scholarships, programs, faculty research and community outreach at Detroit Mercy. The two largest grants, totaling $420,000, were made by the Kresge Foundation to the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), a nonprofit architecture and urban design firm within the …

School of Architecture achieves a No. 1 ranking in America’s Top Architecture Schools 2020 Report

Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture (SOA) achieved a No. 1 ranking in the America’s Top Architecture Schools 2020 report by DesignIntelligence (DI), an independent business dedicated to the business success of organizations in architecture, engineering, construction and design. Each year, DI conducts a survey of America’s top architecture schools, ranking …

Support Safety Street with sweets

Safety Street, Detroit Mercy’s annual community trick-or-treat event, is just around the corner, and we are hosting a donation drive to make it a success. Donate as many bags of candy as you can to the Student Life Office by Friday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. The department that donates …

School of Architecture course on Inclusive Placemaking & Planning for Equitable Cities seeks applications by Oct. 24

University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture in partnership with the Community Development Advocates of Detroit and the Knight Foundation will offer an exclusive course titled “Inclusive Placemaking & Planning for Equitable Cities” this fall. The course runs three full days on Nov. 1, Nov. 2 and Dec. 2, 2019, …

Detroit Mercy hosts global conference examining urban areas

Urban planners, designers, philosophers and other academics from around the world will visit Detroit when University of Detroit Mercy hosts “Philosophy of the City,” a global conference that examines cities through a variety of philosophical themes, on Oct. 3-5. Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture and Department of Philosophy are sponsoring …

SOA researchers document first amphitheater discovered in Europe in 150 Years

This spring, architecture students, professors, and volunteers associated with the School of Architecture and Volterra-Detroit Foundation were offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Volterra, Italy, to help digitally archive the first ancient amphitheater discovery in Europe in 150 years. 13 particiapnts settled into the Etruscan-era town to digitally scan …

School of Architecture Dean Dan Pitera was featured in the Archinect article, “Deans List: University of Detroit Mercy​’s Dan Pitera and the Three Questions That Drive His Career,” Aug. 30. Pitera was also highlighted in The Architect’s Newspaper article, “The country’s newest architecture deans share their visions, role models, and …

Welcome back, Titans!

Hope everyone had a relaxing and sun-filled summer! Detroit Mercy wants to welcome all students back to campus with a whirlwind of Welcome Week events! And don’t forget: all week, Aug. 26-30, treat yourself to 15% off small smoothies at Tommy’s in the Student Fitness Center! Saturday, Aug. 24 Come …

Detroit Mercy hosts first Community Development Education Symposium

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. “It brought together Community …

Detroit Collaborative Design Center Co-Executive Director Ceara O’Leary presented on the topic, “Social Connectivity for Design,” at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2019. Watch some highlights here.

Scholarship builds architecture student’s dream of helping Detroit

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. The Loranger Nautilus Endowed Scholarship is funded by School of Architecture alumnus Warren …

Associate Professor of Architecture Gilbert Sunghera, S.J. discussed with 101.9 FM WDET host Stephen Henderson how we mourn sacred spaces and historic buildings after they have been damaged or destroyed. Listen to the full interview here.

Alumni Achievement Spirit Awards 2019

On Friday, April 12, Detroit Mercy honored eight special alumni during the annual Alumni Achievement Spirit Awards. More than 280 people attended the awards gala and dinner celebration, which took place in the Ballroom of the Student Union on the McNichols campus. Each year, the University honors alumni from each …

Detroit Mercy realigns graduate tuition

Detroit Mercy announces an adjustment in graduate tuition for the institution’s MBA, Master of Community Development and graduate programs in Architecture, Nursing and Engineering. The new reduced tuitions now make Detroit Mercy’s high-quality, nationally-ranked graduate programs even more affordable choices than ever before. The new tuition prices are effective beginning …

Detroit Mercy education, opportunities lay groundwork for MCD alumna’s career with the city

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. “I wanted to work for the city, not just in the city,” she explained. As the former sales and programs manager …

MCD student in The New York Times

Cornetta Lane, a student in the School of Architecture’s Master of Community Development program, was recently highlighted in The New York Times article, “On the Front Porch, Black Life in Full View,” Dec. 4. Lane noted the importance of a house’s front porch, as it relates to community engagement and storytelling. Read the …

Architecture journal wins prestigious award

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. Dichotomy is a student-published journal …

School of Architecture Instructor Emily Kutil was quoted over the summer in the WDET article, “In Search of Solution to Detroit’s Water Shutoffs, Could Philly Hold the Answer?“

Professor of Architecture Dan Pitera was recognized as one of the top speakers to present this fall in a lecture series at University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture and mentioned in the Architects Newspaper article, “AN selects top architecture talks to hear this fall at Midwestern schools,” Aug. 28.

Professor of Architecture Dan Pitera was named winner of the 2018 American Institute of Architect Detroit Chapter’s Charles Blessing Award. This prestigious award is given to recognize an individual who shows leadership in planning and civic issues and exemplifies the vision, commitment and the accomplishments of Charles A. Blessing, FAIA, …