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Community Education


Initial support for The Detroit Studio was provided by the General Motors Corporation and The New Center Council. Additionally, individual projects are funded by community organizations.

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Master Plan


Project Selection Criteria and Guidelines

Organizations interested in working with students and faculty at The Detroit Studio should submit a letter if interest that describes the project and the sponsoring organization(s).

The project selection criteria is as follows:

  • The project should fit the educational standards and mission of The Detroit Studio
  • The sponsoring organization should be a non-profit and tax-exempt under the IRS designation
  • There should be evidence of civic and community support for the proposed project.
  • The project should clearly establish the financial need for service. Projects which benefit distressed and economically disadvantaged communities are preferred and may include: planning and urban design, housing, business and economic development, parks and natural habitats, and historic preservation
  • There should be the desire and ability to work collaboratively in a process that invites community participation
  • For funded projects, the budget should be clearly established and funding in place before the beginning of the project
  • Projects budgets fund materials, publication costs, a contribution to The Detroit Studio fun, and honoraria for guest critics and project director
  • The project needs to fit into The Detroit Studio's academic schedule.





The Detroit Studio Fund is used to fund educational activities and initiatives associated with The Detroit Studio. These may include publications, lectures, outreach and scholarships.



The Detroit Studio is run by a Coordinator who is a full-time faculty member and reports to the Dean and Chair of the college of Architecture and Design. The Detroit Studio is guided by an Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from the city, county, profession and academia and by the College's Advisory Council to Architecture.


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Exploring Community


The Detroit Studio provides facilities for 34 Junior, Senior and Graduate students. The studio is fully equipped with dedicated workstations, two in-studio computer labs, meeting and classroom spaces, an exhibition area, and a darkroom. Six full and part-time faculty are based in the studio. Courses offered at The Detroit Studio include: Integrated Design Studios 3&4 (a Junior year, team -taught studio comprising architectural design, urban planning, and landscape architecture); the collaborative Design Studio (a Senior-Graduate urban design studio); and photography. Courses completed there satisfy requirements for the Area of Concentration in Collaborative Urban Design, and thesis students may also utilize the facilities.

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