• THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

    DCDC’s work on meaningful and productive methods of community participation stems from its nationally recognized Neighborhood Engagement Workshop Process (NEW) that empowers residents to renew their communities through design thinking and capacity building. Because of this work, members of the DCDC have given over 30 lectures and presentations nationwide discussing how great design can be achieved alongside meaningful stakeholder collaboration. A selection of these lectures is listed below.



    The DCDC has participiated on 10 thesis committees from universities around the country assisting students with similar questions.

    • Event Description Place Date
    • 56th National Mayor's Institute on City Design One of five resource team members chosen nationwide to advise five mayors on urban design and community development Sacramento, CA August 7-9, 2013
    • National Conference on Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Title: On Fire at the Frontiers: The Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education: UDM School of Architecture, Master of Community Development Program, and the Detroit Collaborative Design Center Omaha, NE August 2, 2013
    • FAZER CIDADE Organized 1.5 day series of workshops and presentations on community development and participation Lisbon, Portugal September 2011
    • 25th Anniversary of the National Mayor's Institute for City Design Facilitator Chicago April 2011
    • Patterns of Habitation 2 One of 6 people invited nationwide by the Surdna Foundation to continue advising the foundation in repositioning itself in the future New York City September 2010
    • Architecture for Change National Summit One of 10 people invited nationwide to participate on the Advisory and Planning Board Chicago September 2010
    • Archeworks (Chicago) Honorary Degree for Innovaitonin Urban Design Chicago May 2010
    • Patterns of Habitation 1 One of 12 people invited nationwide by the Surdna Foundation to continue advising the foundation in repositioning itself in the future New York City April 2010
    • 43rd National Mayor's Institute for City Design One of five resource team members chosen nationwide to advise five mayors on urban design and community development Philadelphia February 2009
    • 40th National Mayor's Institute for City Design One of five resource team members chosen nationwide to advise five mayors on urban design and community development Charleston October 2007
  • DESIGN EXCELLENCE

    DCDC’s work on meaningful and productive methods of community participation stems from its nationally recognized Neighborhood Engagement Workshop Process (NEW) that empowers residents to renew their communities through design thinking and capacity building. Because of this work, members of the DCDC have given over 30 lectures and presentations nationwide discussing how great design can be achieved alongside meaningful stakeholder collaboration. A selection of these lectures is listed below.

    Lecture = ± 60 minute solo speech
    Presentation = 20-30 minute talk

    • Location Type Dates
    • University of California at Berkeley Lecture April 2012
    • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Lecture February 2012
    • FAZER CIDADE (Lisbon, Portugal) Keynote Lecture September 2011
    • National ACSA Administrators Conference Keynote Presentation & Panel Discussion November 2010
    • National Architecture for Social Change Summit (Chicago) Keynote Lecture September 2010
    • Archeworks Honorary Degree Recipient (Chicago) Archeworks Graduation Lecture May 2010
    • Harvard University Lecture May 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
  • DESIGN CENTERS / COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

    The lectures in this category focus on the following issues using DCDC’s work as case studies: the achievement of great design alongside meaningful stakeholder collaboration; the role of design centers within the discipline of architecture; and university and community partnerships. A selection of these lectures is listed below.

    Lecture = ± 60 minute solo speech
    Presentation = 20-30 minute talk

    • Location Type - Title Dates
    • American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention (Philadelphia, PA) Pre-Convention Workshop Organizer - "Housing, Community Development & Design: Case Studies from Philadelphia" May 2016
    • Design Cents (Biloxi, MS) Presentation - "Plugging In and Piling On: Design and Development Lessons from Livernois Avenue" April 2016
    • ULI Real Estate Forum (Detroit, MI) Presentation - "Eastern Market Stormwater Management" November 2015
    • Model D Speaker Series (Detroit, MI) Presentation - "Designing Spaces Where Detroit Comes Together: What we can learn from Eastern Market and the Riverfront" November 2015
    • Structures for Inclusion (Detroit, MI) Presentation - "Create Your Own Community How To Guide" April 2015
    • Public Interest Design Institute (Detroit, MI) Presentation - "Livernois Community Storefront" April 2015
    • Public Interest Design Institute (Brownsville, TX) Presentation - "Engagement in Community Development:Livernois Community Storefront" January 2015
    • Bruner Loeb Forum (Boston, MA) Presentation - "Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship 2012-2014" November 2014
    • University of Detroit Mercy Lecture Series (Detroit, MI) Presentation - "Fellowships in Community Development" October 2014
    • AIA National Convention (Chicago, IL) Presentation and Panel Moderator - Making and Teaching Change: Design Centers in Detroit and New Orleans June 27, 2014
    • Livernois Community Storefront (Detroit) Presentation - "Livernois Community Storefront," Planning in Metro Detroit Event Series, Michigan Association of Planners May 2014
    • Detroit Public Library (Detroit, MI) Collaborative Lecture - "Syncopating Detroit: More People, More Programs, More Geographies," DCDC 20th Anniversary Lecture February 2014
    • Practice - Space (Detroit, MI) Presentation - "Current Work and Underpinnings," October 2013
    • AIA National Convention (Denver, CO) Presentation - Next Generation Leadership in Community Design: Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship June 21, 2013
    • Public Interest Design Student Forum (Austin, TX) Lecture May 29, 2013
    • Planning-ness Conference (Boston) Workshop - How to Build a City with the City May 9, 2013
    • Public Interest Design Institute (Portland, OR) Lecture - Leading from the Side : Civic Engagement, Leadership & Design Thinking May 3-4, 2013
    • Design Futures: Public Interest Design Student Forum (Austin, TX) Lecture - Charting a Course in Community Design May 2013
    • AIA Iowa Spring Meeting Keynote Address (Des Moines) Workshop - Leading from the Side : Civic Engagement, Leadership & Design Thinking April 4, 2013
    • AIA Iowa Spring Meeting Keynote Address (Des Moines) Keynote Lecture - Mosaics & Tapestries: Civic Engagement & Defining Detroit Future City April 4, 2013
    • Graham Foundation (Chicago) Lecture - Catalytic Converter August 22, 2013
    • AIA Florida Annual Conference (Orlando, FL) Keynote Lecture - Mosaics & Tapestries: Civic Engagement & Defining Detroit Future City August 10, 2013
    • Creighton University (Omaha, NE) Presentation-Educating Toward Solidarity: Co-Authorship & Community Development in Detroit August 2, 2013
    • Creative Activism Course UC Berkeley (Berkely, CA) Lecture-School to Fellowship by way of Community Design March 13, 2012
    • Association for Community Design (Salt Lake City,UT) Presentation-School to Fellowship by way of Community Design June 8, 2012
    • NeighborWorks Training Institute, Young Professionals Symposium (Cincinnati, OH) Presentation-New Ways of Doing Business:Emerging Designers in Community Development August 15, 2012
    • Association of Architectural Organizations National Convention (Philadelphia) Panel Moderator and Presentation October 2011
    • American Collegiate School of Planning National Convention (Salt Lake City) Presentation November 2011
    • Bruner Loeb Forum (Minneapolis) Presentation April 2011
    • Structures for Inclusion (Chicago) Presentation March 2011
    • National Convention: Planning Institute of Australia (Australia) Keynote Lecture March 2011
    • National ACSA Administrators Conference Keynote Panel Presentation and Discussion March 2010
    • University of Massachusetts at Amherst Lecture April 2009
    • AIA Omaha Lecture November 2008
    • National ACSA Administrators Conference (Savannah) Presentation and Panel Discussion November 2008
    • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Lecture January 2008
    • AIA Texas Annual Convention (Austin) Presentation and Panel Discussion October 2007
    • Catholic University (Washington, DC) Lecture July 2007
    • University of Illinois (Urbana, IL) Lecture March 2007
    • Arsenal Center for the Arts (Boston) Lecture March 2005
    • University of Massachusetts at Amherst Lecture February 2005
    • University of Michigan Lecture November 2003
    • Aspen Design Conference [Satellite] (New York City) Presentation and Panel Discussion July 2003
    • AIAS National Convention (Chicago) Lecture December 2002
    • Association for Community Design National Convention (Pittsburgh) Presentation June 2002
    • Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) Lecture March 2002
    • University of Michigan Lecture November 2001
    • Association for Community Design National Conference (Indianapolis) Presentation March 2001
  • SHRINKING CITIES / URBAN DESIGN

    The lectures in this category focus on the issues of cities with shrinking populations and the potential to realign their land use and economic strategies with current population demographics. The DCDC uses its work in Detroit as case studies for innovative and alternative approaches. A selection of these lectures is listed below.

    Lecture = ± 60 minute solo speech
    Presentation = 20-30 minute talk

    • Location Type Dates
    • Green Infrastructure Forum , SmithGroupJJR (Ann Arbor, MI.) Presentation and Panel Discussion - Sustainable Cities Design Academy and the Eastern Market Targeted Redevelopment Area October 2013
    • The New School (New York City) Keynote Panel Presentation and Discussion December 2010
    • Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit (MOCAD) Keynote Lecture as an opening to an exhibition September 2010
    • Just Metropolis Conference (University of California at Berkeley) Presentation and Panel Discussion June 2010
    • Harvard University Lecture October 2009
    • University of Pennsylvania Presentation and Panel Discussion February 2009
    • University of Michigan Lecture November 2007
    • DareDare (Montreal, Canada) Lecture May 2007
    • AIA Dallas Lecture February 2007
    • Structures for Inclusion (San Francisco) Presentation and Panel Discussion May 2006
    • Shrinking Cities Conference (Manchester, England) Presentation and Panel Discussion November 2003
    • German Cultural Foundation (Berlin, Germany) Lecture February 2003
    • WARM Conference on Affordable Housing (Detroit) Lecture June 1999
    • Structures for Inclusion 2 (Penn State) Presentation and Panel Discussion April 2002
    • Coalition for the Future of Cities (Wayne State University, Detroit) Presentation and Panel Moderator November 2001
  • RETOOLING DETROIT

    • Location Type Dates
    • St.Paul Open Idea Competition-Community Art in Detroit Presentation 2013
    • Lowering the Cost to Develop and Sustain Affordable Housing, Enterprise Community Partners & Deutsche Bank Presentation 2012
    • American Society of Landscape Architects National Convention Presentation 2011
    • University of Michigan Medical School Lecture 2010
    • Museum of Contemporary Art (Detroit) Presentation and Panel Moderator 2010
    • Detroit Forward (Detroit) Presentation and Panel Discussion 2010
    • Warren Connor Annual Meeting (Detroit) Presentation and Panel Discussion 2010
    • RogueHAA (Detroit) Presentation and Panel Discussion 2010
    • International Honors Program (Detroit) Lecture 2010
    • Financial Institutions Community Development Conference (Detroit) Presentation 2009
    • Financial Institutions Community Development Conference (Detroit) Presentation 2009
    • AIA Emerging Professionals (Detroit) Lecture 2009
    • Detroit Vacant Property Campaign (Detroit) Presentation 2009
    • Detroit Funders Luncheon (Detroit) Presentation 2009
    • Independent Sector National Conference (Detroit) Presentation 2009
    • BNG Fund (Detroit) Presentation 2009
    • Brightmoor Pastors Alliance (Detroit) Presentation 2009
    • Grandmont Rosedale Annual Meeting (Detroit) Presentation 2009
    • Mayor Bing’s Financial Summit (Detroit) Presentation 2009
  • EXHIBITIONS

    • Exhibition Dates
    • "DCDC's Anniversary Exhibit: 20 Years of the DCDC's Work," University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit, MI) March 2014 & June 2014
    • "DCDC's Anniversary Exhibit: 20 Years of the DCDC's Work," Detroit Public Library (Detroit, MI) February 2014
    • "Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up!," Exhibition of The Bloody Run Greenway Redevelopment Project (Philadelphia, PA) September 2012
    • "Ideas from Livernois!," Exhibition of Projects from Fall 2011 DCDC-Sponsored Studio (University of Detroit Mercy) May 2012
    • MAXXI—National Museum of XXI Century Arts (Rome, Italy) “RE-cycle: Strategies for Architecture, City, and Planet” November 2011 — April 2012
    • "Leverage," Exhibition of Woodbridge Neighborhood Development Strategy (4731 Gallery, Detroit) 2008
    • Venice Biennale, US Pavilion (Italy) 2008
    • Talking Cities (Germany) 2006
    • Harvard University 2005
    • Shrinking Cities (Germany) 2004
    • Archilab (France) 2004
    • Archilab (France) 2001