Virginia Stanard is the Senior Urban Designer at the DCDC. Through practice and teaching, she advocates community development through the collaborative design process.

At the DCDC, Virginia has developed economic and physical revitalization strategies at a range of scales and for a range of clients - including cities, philanthropic foundations, neighborhood groups, and developers. Recent projects and initiatives include the Livernois Community Storefront, the Bloody Run Creek Greenway Redevelopment Project, the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework Plan, and Impact Detroit.

Virginia is Co-Director of the Master of Community Development Program at the University of Detroit Mercy. She teaches courses on urban design and community development, including a DCDC-sponsored urban design studio and seminars on real estate development and physical development. Virginia also coordinated the International Honors Program (IHP) "Cities in the 21st Century" Program from 2009-2011.

Virginia serves on the Advisory Board for Practice · Space, a residency and incubator program in Detroit, and on the Design Committee of the Southwest Detroit Business Association. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Community Design. Virginia holds master’s degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia.



contact: stanarvi@udmercy.edu