Mission / Purpose
The Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) is a multi-disciplinary, nonprofit architecture and urban design firm at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture dedicated to creating sustainable spaces and communities through quality design and the collaborative process.
Since 1994, the DCDC has worked with over 80 Detroit nonprofit organizations, community groups, and philanthropic foundations towards fulfilling its mission. Its staff consists of seven full-time urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture professionals, and one to three student interns.
Who We Engage
The DCDC works with community-based development organizations, local governments, residents and stakeholders, private developers, students, and local design professionals to enhance local leadership capacity and to promote quality design. Utilizing broad-based community participation in conjunction with design technologies, the DCDC produces projects that respond to locally defined concerns while empowering residents and stakeholders to facilitate their own process of community planning, development, and building design. The DCDC uses its nationally recognized Neighborhood Engagement Workshop (NEW)
process which empowers stakeholders to renew their communities through collaboration and coalition building.
NEW CONSTRUCTION / ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
BUILDING RENOVATION / ADAPTIVE REUSE
STRATEGIC PLANNING / DEVELOPMENT FEASIBILITY STUDIES
COMMUNITY WORKSHOP FACILITATION
The DCDC is a mission-driven, non-profit organization supported in part by project fees that supplement direct and indirect overhead. The DCDC also seeks grants and contributions to offset the costs of its projects.