Detroit Collaborative Design Center wins prestigious architecture award


The Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) has worked on several innovative projects since its inception in 1994. The University of Detroit Mercy’s architecture and urban planning office, which is partly made up of undergraduate students, has worked on larger neighborhood strategies like RecoveryPark and specific designs like The Alley project.

And now they have been recognized for that effort. The DCDC was named the 2017 winner of the prestigious Whitney M. Young Jr. Award from the American Institute of Architects. Named after the civil rights leader, the honor is given to an architectural organization that “embodies social responsibility and actively deals with a relevant topic such as affordable housing, inclusivity or universal access”.

“For any architect or organization devoted to design of public interest, this is undoubtedly the highest honor one can hope for,” said Will Wittig, AIA, dean of the School of Architecture, in a press release.

The award will be officially presented at the AIA National Convention in Orlando, Florida, in April.


Dusty Kennedy