June 21, 2017

WittigRecently, Will Wittig, dean of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, was named to the Detroit City of Design Stewardship Board to serve in an advisory capacity to the Detroit Creative Corridor Center. This is the local organization that applied for designation by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO). Wittig is a well-known architect and current president of the American Institute of Architect (AIA) Michigan.

In December 2015, the organization named Detroit as the first Official “City of Design” in the United States, joining a worldwide network of cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy.

Detroit skylineUNESCO is a designation that recognizes Detroit as a place that has a big influence on design of all kinds and it is meant to help the cities with this designation to build on that reputation. The board is being organized to help guide the successful development and achievement of the unified vision for the Detroit City of Design initiative.

Will Wittig’s ultimate plan is to help with these activities and projects to boost the city’s reputation as a place you would want to be if you are interested in studying design.