Maurice Cox

 

PLANNING DIRECTOR

CITY OF DETROIT

 

Maurice Cox is an urban designer, architectural educator, and former mayor of the City of Charlottesville, VA. Before his appointment in Detroit, he served as Associate Dean for Community Engagement at Tulane University, strengthening the relationship between urban design and civic engagement in New Orleans. Maurice has taught at Syracuse University, the University of Virginia, and Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Between 2007 and 2010, he has also served as Design Director to the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2013, Design Intelligence named him one of the Most Admired Design Educators in America.

 

 

Melissa Dittmer

 

DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN

BEDROCK REAL ESTATE SERVICES

 

Melissa Dittmer leads the internal architecture studio at Bedrock Real Estate Services, the real estate and development company for Dan Gilbert’s Detroit properties. Her team undertakes the research, analysis, programming, and conceptual design for Bedrock’s projects, and oversees the selection of external architects appropriate for each project’s strategic vision. Melissa led the design of the 2014 Detroit Blight Removal Task Force Plan, and recently led the conceptual work for Bedrock’s “City Modern” project: a redevelopment of 8.4 acres in Detroit’s historic Brush Park community. The project received the Congress for New Urbanism’s 2016 Grand Prize at the 16th CNU Charter Awards.

 
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Doug Kelbaugh

 

PROFESSOR OF ARCHITECTURE + URBAN PLANNING

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAn

 

Doug Kelbaugh is a former Dean of the University of Michigan’s Taubman College, and the author, editor, or co-editor of several publications, including: The Pedestrian Pocket Book (1996), Common Place: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design (1997), Repairing the American Metropolis (2002), The Michigan Debates on Urbanism (2005), and Writing Urbanism (2008). As principal in Kelbaugh and Lee (1977-1985), Doug received numerous awards for his design work, including for innovations in passive solar design. The AIA and ACSA awarded Doug the 2016 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the highest award in the field.

 

 

Mitch McEwen

 

PRINCIPAL, MCEWeN STUDIO

PARTNER, A(N) OFFICE

 

Mitch McEwen works in architectural and urban design, focusing on the intersection of urban culture and global forces.  Her A(n) Office work was selected for exhibition in the U.S. pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, and McEwen Studio’s solo exhibition Methexis was recently presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. Mitch has worked as an urban designer for Bernard Tschumi Architects and New York City’s Department of City Planning. Her work has been featured in Architectural Record, the New York Times, and the New Museum. She has been Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College, University of Michigan, since 2014.

 
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Dan Pitera

 

executive director

detroit collaborative design center

 

Dan Pitera leads the DCDC at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. He oversaw the civic engagement process for the Detroit Works Project, initiated by Mayor Bing, which later became Detroit Future City’s Detroit Strategic Framework Plan. Dan’s work with DCDC has received two Dedalo Minosse International Prizes and was twice included in the U.S. pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. His practice is informed by strong political and social activism, and he sees design as an essential force in establishing human relationships. Dan was a 2005 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University.