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School of Architecture

Mission Statement

The School of Architecture (SOA), as part of a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, exists to provide an excellent student-centered, accredited professional architectural education in an urban context. A Detroit Mercy SOA education seeks to develop architects who are sensitive designers; technically competent; exhibit the highest ethical and professional standards; are socially responsible and culturally aware; and are of service to the community and the profession.

Program Description

The School makes a strong commitment to a broad based liberal arts education that prepares architects to understand the spectrum of human endeavors. The School intentionally keeps its enrollment small to maintain an identifiable relationship with individual students. The SOA advocates an open dialogue about architectural issues and philosophies, but searches for deeper architectural meaning than that offered by trend, fad, or style. The curriculum provides a foundation in design excellence, but also addresses contemporary issues including a focus on urban revitalization. This foundation is provided through both in-class and out-of-class experiences that develop a student's understanding of societal concerns. The School is actively involved in the life of the community. Through its design studios, including design-build studios, and through the Detroit Collaborative Design Center—an out-reach arm of the School—the SOA serves the community of which it is a part. The ability to gain real world understanding is further enhanced through the mandatory cooperative education program and through the optional international studies programs.

Degree

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    Master of Architecture Degree

    The Master of Architecture degree typically culminates five years of study: four years of undergraduate and one of year graduate. The Master of Architecture degree program at the Detroit Mercy School of Architecture is a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

    "In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture and the Doctor of Architecture."

    "Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree." (NAAB)

    The University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture offers the following NAAB accredited degree program: Master of Architecture, 36 graduate credits. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture and the Master of Architecture degrees combined are 174 total credits.

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    Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPaL)

    IPaL is a concentration that students can elect in the Master of Architecture degree program. It is a six-year program that allows students to complete all three elements required for architecture licensure integrated into one program: The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) Intern Development Program documents professional experience (AXP), the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) professional degree, and completion of the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE). Professional experience begins at the end of second year with a term-long co-operative educational experience (600 hours). This is followed by a second term-long experience in the third year (600 hours).  After completion of their Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree, students will take four additional consecutive co-operative educational experiences for a total of 16 months of professional experience, totaling 2,560 hours. Students will take the ARE exams in the fifth-year, during their extended co-operative educational experience. In the sixth (Master's) year, students will complete their Thesis requirements. If all three components of licensure are successfully completed at the time of graduation with the Master of Architecture degree, the student will be eligible for licensure in the State of Michigan. 

    The IPaL Master of Architecture degree option is 42 graduate credits. The IPAL Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture degrees combined are 182 total credits.

    Not all students will be granted permission to participate in the program. Students are required to apply to participate in the IPaL program by August 15th prior to the start of their second year. In addition to submitting an application, students are required to achieve a 3.0 minimum overall GPA at the conclusion of the first year, and are also required to have maintained a 3.0 minimum overall GPA at the conclusion of the fourth year, and must be admitted to the Master's Program as of January of the fourth year to proceed with the extended co-operative educational experience sequence.

    * Students should also be aware that the licensing process in some states including Michigan allows for the integrated sequence of the three licensure components. However, not all states allow this integrated sequence for candidates for initial licensure, so students who may be considering seeking their initial license in another state should consult that state’s licensure regulations. Participation in the IPaL track in no way guarantees “licensure upon graduation.”  It is the responsibility of the student to pass all sections of the ARE exams, and complete all requirements of NCARB’s AXP program in order to attain that goal, which is beyond the purview of Detroit Mercy and the School of Architecture. The status of the student’s degree is not affected either way by the completion of those components.

    Students should also be aware that to maintain their status as full time students, they will be charged the standard Detroit Mercy Co-op Tuition (currently $1,073 for reference) for each of the four semester of Co-op during the “time-out-year.”

    Curriculum Adjustments 

    For a student who applies and is accepted to participate in the IPaL Track, the following curriculum adjustments are necessary in comparison to the standard curriculum path.  Please consult with your academic advisor for any additional adjustments that may be necessary in your case.  Refer also to the IPaL Track Curriculum Plan.

    • The primary difference is that IPaL students will take a “time-out-year” between the completion of the undergraduate program and the master's year.  Students will work full time during this 16-month time period in order to complete four additional Co-op placements.  During this time period, in order to complete this track, students are required to attempt all sections of the ARE licensure exam.  Failure to pass all the exams during this time period or failure to complete the requirements of the NCARB AXP program will of course fall short of the goal of being eligible to graduate as a licensed architect, but will have no impact on earning the M.Arch. degree. 
    • The required Professional Experience Prep. class must be taken in the second year instead of the third year in order to allow students to complete their first Co-op assignment during the summer following the second year.
    • To account for that additional class, it is recommended, but not required, that students delay ARCH 2190, Site Analysis and Design until third year to balance out their schedule.
    • To assist with preparing for the ARE exams, Professions of Architecture must be taken in fourth year (as an undergraduate course) and results in exchanging an undergraduate elective for one additional graduate elective.

    Application 

    Students are required to formally announce their desire to participate in the IPaL track by submitting an application essay to the dean of the School of Architecture, following the successful completion of the first year, and no later than August 15th prior to the beginning of the second year.

    The essay should be approximately 1,000 words and should address the student’s professional and academic goals that have led to the decision to seek the IPaL track, and should comment on the candidate’s maturity and prior employment experience that may contribute to their successful completion of the program.  

    Other factors including the student’s academic record will be considered in evaluating their application.  Candidates will receive an admission decision by August 25th or the last Friday of August preceding the beginning of the Fall term.

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    Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Pre-Professional

    Students receive a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree when they have successfully completed their first four years of study. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is 138 credits. During the fourth year, a student may apply for the fifth year of study which leads to a Master of Architecture degree; or they may leave the program with a pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree.

    This degree is useful for those individuals wishing to obtain a foundation in the field of architecture, as preparation for either continued education in a professional degree program or for employment options in architecturally related areas. We offer the non-accredited Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree to students who have successfully completed the first four years of study, including cooperative education.

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    Bachelor of Science in Architecture Joint Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and the Built Environment

    University of Detroit Mercy and the University of Windsor have a collaboration agreement that allows students to dual enroll at the University of Windsor and University of Detroit Mercy. Students earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and the Built Environment at the University of Windsor. Students with an acceptable portfolio and grade point average are permitted to complete their Bachelor of Science in Architecture at University of Detroit Mercy. This degree is 138 credits, a portion of which is taken at the University of Windsor. Qualified students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree may apply for admission to the Master of Architecture program at University of Detroit Mercy.

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    Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Second Degree

    Students who have a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Architecture program. If a student has met the prerequisite math requirements for Architecture in their previous degree, they can complete the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree with an additional 90 credits taken at University of Detroit Mercy. Qualified students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree may apply for admission to the Master of Architecture program at University of Detroit Mercy.

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    Bachelor of Architectural Engineering

    The University also offers a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering program, which is administered through the College of Engineering & Science. Some of the course work is shared with the Architecture program, but students interested in this program should refer to the College of Engineering & Science area of the catalog for additional information.

Admissions Requirements

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    Admission Criteria

    The School of Architecture limits its freshman enrollment based on competitive standards, which should be confirmed with the University Admissions office. However, additional criteria such as evidence of creativity, self-motivating characteristics, problem-solving abilities, and abilities for visual expression are also considered and may allow the minimums to be waived if the student has a positive interview with the dean or associate dean.

    Students apply to the Master of Architecture program in Term I of their fourth year. To be considered for admission, a minimum overall and design GPA of 3.0 is required along with submission of a substantive design portfolio, as well as an admissions essay. All three components are considered equally in the decision-making process for admission. The portfolio must demonstrate the student's ability and potential for success in all aspects of graduate design work and other studies. If the student is not accepted into the Master of Architecture program or chooses not to apply to the Master of Architecture program, they can earn a non-accredited, pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree upon successful completion of the four-year requirements.

    The admission requirements for transfer students, including students who already possess a degree, is a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Transfer students from an architectural program should also have at least a 3.0 GPA in all design studio courses. To receive transfer credit for design classes a portfolio of student work from the previous institution is required. Professional work may also be included in the portfolio. Transfer students and students with degrees must meet all requirements for our four-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture program, including cooperative education, prior to applying for admission into the fifth-year Master of Architecture program. Students who hold a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from another institution will likely be required to take some undergraduate coursework before being eligible to apply for the master's program.

     

Advising

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    Advising

    Students are assigned a specific faculty member who will remain their advisor until the Winter Term of their fourth-year. Transfer students are advised by the associate dean until the Winter Term of their final year in the undergraduate program. Beginning in the Winter Term of the fourth-year, through the completion of their degree, all students who have been accepted in the Master of Architecture Program are advised by the program director. The student and advisor each have access to the student's academic file which outlines the curriculum and all background information regarding the student. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that his or her record is up to date, that all agreements are noted, and signed by both parties involved, and that there is conformance with the requirements of the School and University. Each student should see his or her advisor minimally for registration and at mid-term. The advisor is also available at other times during the term at the request of the student. Additionally, students should meet with the associate dean at the beginning of the first term of their fourth-year and upon their acceptance into the Master of Architecture program (or one year prior to their anticipated date of graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree) to review a degree audit to verify that all degree requirements will be met. It is the student's responsibility to initiate a meeting with the associate dean for a graduation audit.

Program Requirements

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    The five-year curriculum in architecture is centered around the following areas:

    • Design
    • Visual Communications
    • Building Technology
    • History & Theory
    • Professional Practice
    • University Core Curriculum
    • Cooperative Education
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    Design

    Design is at the center of the curriculum spanning all five years of study. The Design Studios are organized into three parts: Foundation Studios (first-year and second-year), Upper Level Studios (third-year and fourth-year), and the Master's Thesis Studios (fifth-year).

    Foundation Studios meet three afternoons a week for a total of 12 hours per week and concentrate on developing basic technical, analytic, representational, and critical thinking skills necessary to deal with the complex social, psychological, and poetic issues of the built environment. The studios are "project" based and the development of the student's personal and individual philosophy of design is one of the School's primary aims.

    Upper Level Studios meet three times a week for a total of 14 hours per week and are comprised of a "mix" of students from both third-year and fourth-year together in investigations of complex architectural themes in more concentrated depth. The upper level studios consist of a sequence of four curriculum types that achieve a diversity of design experience: Design Thinking, Public Interest Design, Travel Studio and Integrated Design.

    The center piece of the graduate year is a two-semester Thesis Studio that allows students to establish their own objectives and project parameters for their final year of design.

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    Visual Communications

    Visual Communications includes courses in multi-media drawing, computer graphics, computer aided design, three-dimensional design, and electives that explore various media. The ability to represent and model architectural ideas is fundamental to the design process.

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    Building Technology

    Building Technology provides the technological background necessary to address the increasingly complex architectural themes of the studios. Included in this sequence are math, structures, construction, and environmental technology (heating, ventilating, air conditioning, lighting, electrical systems, and acoustics) courses.

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    History and Theory of Architecture

    History and Theory introduces the student to architectural tradition and precedent. It provides an understanding of the social, political, economic, ecological, technological, and philosophical forces that shape architecture. Through this foundation, students recognize their place in the architectural world and build their own work upon an understanding of the work of others.

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    Professional Practice

    Professional Practice introduces upper level students to the fundamentals of managing an architectural office, project delivery systems, construction contracts, construction documents, and legal and ethical issues concerning the profession. These courses, in concert with the cooperative education program, prepare students to enter the professional world.

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    University Core Curriculum

    The core curriculum provides courses in the sciences and the humanities that are necessary prerequisites for an educated person. The architect, faced continually with broad social issues, must have an awareness of the manifest activities of people to fulfill social and ethical responsibilities as a design professional.

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    Graduate Electives

    Candidates for the Master of Architecture degree select four graduate level courses from the colleges of the University as electives to complement their thesis design project. The purpose of these electives is to provide the opportunity for developing specialized knowledge in the student's interest area. Electives may also build upon the strengths of the University by establishing strong cross-disciplinary ties with other academic units. Some examples of areas of elective study are: urban history/theory, graphic design, media/fabrication technologies, building technology and tectonics, community development and service learning. In some cases, graduate level courses taken in the Master of Architecture program may in part satisfy requirements leading to a second master's degree in Community Development.

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    Cooperative Education

    The required Cooperative Education sequence is one of the unique aspects of the Detroit Mercy architecture program.

    It gives students direct experience in the real world of architecture through required work experiences at architectural offices of the student's choosing. Co-op students are paid competitive wages according to their skills and experience. They may co-op anywhere in the world.

    The co-op experience begins with the course ARCH 3000, Professional Experience Preparation. The program in architecture integrates two required terms of on-the-job educational experience, which occur during the Summer Semester of the third year (ARCH 3010) and the Summer Semester of the fourth year (ARCH 5020). Four additional co-ops are required for participation in the I-PAL Program. This sequence provides students with the opportunity to alternate their intellectual development in professional offices with academic studies. Co-op is valuable in developing practical skills prior to graduation and in being exposed to the profession of architecture and the realities of architectural practice. Each co-op term, students are required to keep a journal and write a report on their work experience, and submit representative samples of the work they produced. Co-op students may also be required to participate in community service during this time. A series of questions are also given to the students to stimulate reflection on the profession and their position within it. Students are evaluated by both the employer and the cooperative education coordinator. Master of Architecture students are required to take the following: ARCH 3000, Professional Experience Preparation, ARCH 3010, Professional Experience I, and ARCH 5020, Professional Experience II. Refer to the I-PAL requirements for additional four co-ops needed in that program. Only ARCH 3000 and ARCH 3010 are required for those students receiving the non-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree.  

Program Curriculum

The total credits required for the Master of Architecture are 174 (138 undergraduate credits and 36 graduate credits) and 138 for the Bachelor of Science in Architecture. An excess of credits from non-required courses cannot be applied toward satisfaction of a course requirement. Excess cooperative education credits may not substitute as electives.

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    First Year, Term I (17 credits)

    credits

    recitation

    studio

    ARCH 1100

    Architectural Design I

    4

    0

    12

    ARCH 1110

    Visual Communication I

    3

    0

    8

    ARCH 1190

    Introduction to Architecture I

    1

    2

    0

    ENL 1310

    Academic Writing (KAA2)

    3

    3

    0

    MTH 1400

    Elementary Functions (KAB1)

    3

    3

    0

    Physical Science (KAC1)

    3

    3

    0

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    First Year, Term II (17 credits)

    credits

    recitation

    studio

    ARCH 1200

    Architectural Design II

    4

    0

    12

    ARCH 1211

    Visual Communication II 

    3

    0

    8

    ARCH 1290

    Introduction to Architecture II (IT6)

    1

    2

    0

    ARCH 1840

    Structural Principles

    1

    1

    0

    ARCH 1860

    Environmental Principles

    1

    1

    0

    ARCH 1880

    Construction Principles

    1

    1

    0

    CST 1010

    Fundamentals of Speech (KAA1)

    3

    3

    0

    PHL 1000

    Introduction to Philosophy (KAD1)

    3

    3

    0

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    Second Year, Term I (18 credits)

    credits

    recitation

    studio

    ARCH 1300

    Architectural Design III

    4

    0

    12

    ARCH 2110

    Visual Communication III

    3

    0

    6

    ARCH 2120

    Architectural History and Theory I

    3

    3

    0

    ARCH 2190

    Site Analysis and Design

    2

    2

    0

    ARCH 2640

    Building Structures I

    1

    1

    0

    ARCH 2660

    Building Environment I

    1

    1

    0

    ARCH 2680

    Building Construction I

    1

    1

    0

    RELS

    Religious Knowledge (KAD2)

    3

    3

    0

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    Second Year, Term II (16 credits)

    credits

    recitation

    studio

    ARCH 1400

    Architectural Design IV

    4

    0

    12

    ARCH 2211

    Visual Communication IV

    3

    0

    6

    ARCH 2220

    Architectural History and Theory II (KAE3/IT1)

    3

    3

    0

    ARCH 2840

    Building Structures II

    1

    1

    0

    ARCH 2860

    Building Environment II

    1

    1

    0

    ARCH 2880

    Building Construction II

    1

    1

    0

    Statistical Reasoning (KAB2)

    3

    3

    0

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    Third Year, Term I (17 credits)

    credits

    recitation

    studio

    ARCH 2100

    Architectural Design V

    5

    0

    14

    ARCH 2520

    Architecture History and Theory III (IT2)

    3

    3

    0

    ARCH 3000

    Professional Experience Preparation

    1

    1

    0

    ARCH 3110

    Visual Communication V

    2

    0

    4

    ARCH 3650

    Technical Analysis

    2

    2

    0

    ARCH 3660

    Building Environment III

    2

    2

    0

    ARCH 3680

    Building Construction III

    2

    2

    0

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    Third Year, Term II (17 credits)

    credits

    recitation

    studio

    ARCH 2200

    Architectural Design VI

    5

    0

    14

    Historical Experience (KAE1)

    3

    3

    0

    Cultural Diversity (IT3)

    3

    3

    0

    Free Elective

    3

    3

    0

    Free Elective

    3

    3

    0

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    Third Year, Term III (2 credits)

    credits

    recitation

    studio

    ARCH 3010

    Professional Experience I

    2

    0

    0

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    Fourth Year, Term I (17 credits) [Apply to the Master's Program]

    credits

    recitation

    studio

    ARCH 4100

    Integrative Design Studio

    5

    0

    14

    ARCH 4640

    Integrated Technology A

    1

    1

    0

    ARCH 4660

    Integrated Technology B

    1

    1

    0

    ARCH 4680

    Integrated Technology C

    1

    1

    0

    Philosophy/Religious Studies Elective (KAD3)

    3

    3

    0

    Literary Experience (KAE2)

    3

    3

    0

    Personal Spiritual Development (IT5)

    3

    3

    0

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    Fourth Year, Term II (17 credits)

    credits

    recitation

    studio

    ARCH 3100

    Public Interest Design Studio

    5

    0

    14

    ARCH 4840

    Building Structures III

    3

    3

    0

    PYC 2650

    Psychology of Environment (KAC2/IT4)

    3

    3

    0

    Ethics and Social Responsibility (KAF1)

    3

    3

    0

    Free Elective

    3

    3

    0

    Receive Bachelor of Science in Architecture and acceptance into the Master's Program:

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    Fourth Year, Term III ( 2 credits)

    credits

    recitation

    studio

    ARCH 5020

    Professional Experience II

    2

    0

    0

    Required for the Master of Architecture degree only.

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    Fifth Year, Term I (17 credits)

    credits

    recitation

    studio

    ARCH 5100

    Master's Studio I

    5

    0

    14

    ARCH 5110

    Master's Studio I Supplement

    3

    3

    0

    ARCH 5190

    Profession of Architecture

    3

    3

    0

    Graduate Elective

    3

    3

    0

    Graduate Elective

    3

    3

    0

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    Fifth Year, Term II (17 credits)

    credits

    recitation

    studio

    ARCH 5200

    Master’s Studio II

    5

    0

    14

    ARCH 5210

    Master's Studio II Supplement

    3

    3

    0

    ARCH 5590

    Architecture and Construction Law

    3

    3

    0

    Graduate Elective

    3

    3

    0

    Graduate Elective

    3

    3

    0

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    Electives

    Elective courses are intended to provide students with the opportunity to take special interest classes which may be of value but are not necessarily related to the architectural program. Electives must be at least 3 credits in value and may be chosen from among any courses (1000 level or higher) offered as credit at the University.  Graduate electives must be 5000 level courses to count for graduate credit.

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    Architectural Electives

    Each term a limited number of architectural electives are offered to students in several of the following areas: visual communication, building technology, practice, sustainable building, advanced computer graphics, graphic design, history and theory, or urban planning as options for satisfying their elective requirements. These courses permit students to examine architectural topics of special interest in greater depth.

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    Laboratory Facilities

    Located in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building, the Ronald F. Titus Digital Studio is a fully equipped architecture computer graphics laboratory that introduces students to this important form of electronic technology. Software includes AutoCAD, Animator Pro, 3D Studio, Rhino, Revit, and Adobe Creative Suite as well as a variety of other programs which are used to support architectural as well as other academic courses. Students can access spreadsheet, database and word processing software, in addition to their University email accounts and the Internet, by linking into the University network. This laboratory is near the design studios to facilitate the use of computers as a design tool.

    A model shop equipped with a laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC milling machine, band saw, chop saw, drill press, and wire foam cutter is available for student use in conjunction with their design and visual communication studio classes.

    In addition, a wood shop containing a variety of power and hand tools is accessible to students for larger studio related projects.

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    Detroit Collaborative Design Center

    An essential human need is supportive and attractive physical surroundings. With this view that "good design" is an essential force in establishing human relations and cultural stability, the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) fosters university and community collaborations and partnerships that create inspired and sustainable neighborhoods and spaces for all people. The Center is dedicated to urban and community revitalization through an educational and participatory design process. The sustainability of any neighborhood lies in the hands of its residents. Thus, the Design Center provides not only design services but also it empowers residents to facilitate their own process of urban regeneration.

    The national and international award winning Detroit Collaborative Design Center provides architecture and urban design assistance exclusively to non-profit community organizations. It is the primary applied research arm of the School of Architecture in revitalization. It has a full-time staff of licensed architects, intern architects, and urban designers.

    The Center provides experiences to the students in three ways: in a classroom environment, through the Community Design Studio; cooperative education experience; and as an outlet for volunteer activities.

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    International Study Programs

    Warsaw Exchange

    Since 1980 the School of Architecture has conducted an exchange program with the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland. Ten to twelve students and one professor from each institution are exchanged for a full academic term. Detroit Mercy students are taught by WUT faculty in English.

    Volterra Study Abroad Program

    Since 1984 the School of Architecture has conducted a study abroad program in Italy during the Summer Semester (Term III). The program is based in the Tuscan hill town of Volterra and is limited to 15 third- and fourth-year students. It is taught by Detroit Mercy faculty in addition to faculty on site. Students take a full schedule of courses and are in residence in Volterra, Italy for approximately 13 weeks.

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    Lecture Series

    There is a sponsored lecture series which brings leading-edge architects and designers to the campus. These lectures are open to and attended by students, professionals, and the general public.

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    Dichotomy Student Journal

    Architectural students periodically publish an award winning journal of theory and criticism entitled Dichotomy. This journal is organized exclusively by the students in consultation with a faculty advisor. It is funded by subscriptions and a special fee charged to architecture students each term that they are enrolled.

Special Policies for the School of Architecture

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    Studio Placement for Transfer Students

    For transfer students from other architecture programs, a review of the student's transcript and portfolio of work by the dean or associate dean will be used to determine placement in ARCH 1100, ARCH 1200, ARCH 1300, ARCH 1400, ARCH 2100, or ARCH 2200. In most cases, at least ARCH 3100 and ARCH 4100 are required to be taken at Detroit Mercy.

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    Retention of Student Work

    The School reserves the right to retain and eventually dispose of any student work done in conjunction with class assignments for purposes of exhibition and accreditation needs. Students should document their work prior to its submission to the instructor. Additionally, the submission of a written thesis document is a requirement of the Master of Architecture degree. Thesis documents are submitted to the program in both hard copy and electronic format, and to the University in electronic format. As with other student work, the School and the University reserve the right to retain this work. In addition, University of Detroit Mercy reserves the right to make curriculum required theses/projects electronically available to the worldwide community.

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    Grading System

    The School of Architecture enforces standards of academic performance consistent with those of the University that may result in a student being placed on academic warning, academic probation or a student being dismissed from the program. The School of Architecture reserves the right to require a student to withdraw from the program even when the student has an overall grade point average of 2.00 or better if, in their judgment, the student does not possess the requisite skills and attitudes to succeed in the architectural profession.

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    Appeals

    Students have the right to appeal academic assessments with which they disagree. Two steps are followed. First, the student confers with the instructor involved. If this does not resolve the situation then the second step is the final appeal to the dean of the School of Architecture. It must be emphasized that the faculty member has full jurisdiction in terms of grading. The dean is acting strictly in an advisory capacity and can only recommend to the instructor that the grade in question be raised or lowered based on the evidence presented.

    Students may also appeal actions such as academic probation and academic dismissal. Appeals should be in written form to the dean or associate dean. The student is encouraged to be at the meeting when their appeal is being heard and make a verbal presentation of their case at that time.

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    Summer Design

    Each year during Term III, an undergraduate design studio is offered for those students who are out of phase.

    It is a multi-level studio and may be taken by any student who has completed the second-year studios and the technical courses in advance of his or her design level. This studio is not open to first or second year design students.

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    Laptop Computer Requirement

    The School of Architecture strongly encourages that all new students entering the Architecture program own a laptop of minimum required specifications and specific software. These requirements may be found on the University website. The University has a program with a vendor to assist the student in purchasing the hardware and or software if the student so desires. In addition, the financial aid office can provide low interest loans to cover the cost of the laptop.

Contact Information

Address

Warren Loranger Architecture Building LO 118
McNichols Campus
4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221-3038

Telephone: (313) 993-1532

Fax: (313) 993-1512

Email: architecture@udmercy.edu

Website


Dean: Daniel W. Pitera
Telephone: (313) 993-1532
Fax: (313) 993-1512
Email: piteradw@udmercy.edu

Associate Dean: Noah S. Resnick
Telephone: (313) 993-1531
Fax: (313) 993-1512
Email: resnicns@udmercy.edu
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