SACD Lectures

Thursday, Nov. 18, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Noir Design Parti: McNichols Panel Discussion

Noir Design Parti documents the work of Detroit’s African American architects. Join us Nov. 18, 6 p.m. for an online panel discussion with Noir Design Parti leaders and the architect and owner teams of three properties on McNichols to learn about their design thinking and Detroit's design legacy.

Noir Design Parti Exhibit

Noir Design Parti documents the work of Detroit’s African American architects. Check out the indoor/outdoor Noir Design Parti exhibit this month featuring Detroit's rich architectural legacy.Outdoors: McNichols at Prairie (7326 W. McNichols)Indoors: Neighborhood HomeBase (7426 W. McNichols) T/Th 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 at 5 p.m.


  • Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA,  author of When Ivory Towers were Black
  • Leslie Kanes Weisman, author of Discrimination by Design

Building upon our over 55-year heritage and our unique urban context, the Detroit Mercy School of Architecture + Community Development (SACD) has been undergoing a dramatic shift over the past 28 years. The recent publication Teaching and Designing in Detroit: Ten Women on Pedagogy and Practice highlights one critical cross section of this transition—10 women who have actively shaped the pedagogy and practice of our discipline while working in Detroit and at SACD.

This first lecture of SACD’s 2021-22 academic year focuses on this publication and its effect on the larger issues of our discipline. Leslie Kanes Weisman, author of Discrimination by Design, and Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA, author of When Ivory Towers were Black, who provide a framework for the book, will be the keynote speakers. Many of the authors will also be present for a panel discussion after the speakers. Associated with the lecture is a mounted exhibit that spans the breadth of ideas covered in the publication.

The Lecture + Exhibit are free and open to the public. 
Lecture: Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit:  Oct. 24-29, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

View in-person at the Detroit Mercy Loranger Exhibit Hall.

Justin Garrett Moore – POSTPONED

Please stay tuned for the rescheduled date.

Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center, Warren Loranger Architecture Building, McNichols Campus

Justin Moore

Justin Garrett Moore, AICP, LEED AP, is an urban designer and co-founder of Urban Patch, a social enterprise focused on community design and development. He has extensive experience in urban design and city planning—from large-scale urban systems, policies, and projects to grassroots and community-focused planning, design, and arts initiatives.

Moore is the former Senior Urban Designer for the NYC Department of City Planning where for over a decade he was responsible for conducting complex urban design plans and studies of the physical design and utilization of sites including infrastructure, public spaces, land use patterns, and neighborhood character. His projects included the Greenpoint and Williamsburg Waterfront, Hunter’s Point South, and the Brooklyn Cultural District.

He received degrees in both architecture and urban design from Columbia University, where he is now an adjunct associate professor of architecture, planning and preservation. His professional affiliations include the American Planning Association, the Urban Design Forum, and Next City’s Vanguard. He is one of the founding members of the Black urbanist collective, BlackSpace, and serves as a member of the American Planning Association’s AICP Commission, on the boards of and Made in Brownsville, and on advisory groups for the Van Alen Institute, MoMA, and Dumbarton Oaks.

Detroit Mercy SOA Lecture Series is presented by the Great Lakes Fabricators and Erectors Association with additional support from our generous sponsors.

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