School News Archive

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Detroit Mercy ranks No. 455 out of 4,500 colleges and universities nationwide for salary earned over the 40-year length of a career according to research published by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce in 2022.

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Detroit Mercy was ranked among the top national universities by U.S. News & World Report for a fifth year in a row, earning a No. 185 rank in the National Universities category.

A rendering of Timber Integrative Means + Biophilic Resilience, showing its building and neighboring areas in Detroit's Rivertown district, including the General Motors Renaissance Center in the far background.

A project that started out with a simple L-shaped building led to international recognition for three Detroit Mercy students in the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE) Top Ten for Students Competition. 

Students and others during the 2022 Bioneers conference, working outside on logs.

Detroit Mercy will host the 18th annual Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 12-13. The theme of this year’s conference is “Revolution from the Heart of Nature: Take Action in Detroit.”

An outdoor photo on the McNichols Campus, featuring students sitting on benches, the Memorial clock tower, water fountain, trees, flowers and buildings during a sunny summer day.

Detroit Mercy was ranked No. 52 nationally and second in Michigan, according to results released Sept. 6 by WSJ/College Pulse. UDM was the third-highest ranked Jesuit university and only Mercy institution ranked.

Two photos of students outdoors, on the left two students push carts past the Shiple Hall sign and on the right, three students wearing red University of Detroit Mercy t-shirts pose and smile in front of a colorful brick wall.

Students from Detroit Mercy's largest freshman class on the McNichols Campus in 14 years participated in Prologues, Transitions and Viewpoints (PTV) during the final part of orientation, Aug. 22-25.

Dan Pitera poses for a portrait.

UDM School of Architecture & Community Development Dean Dan Pitera was recently awarded with what is considered to be AIA Detroit’s highest honor.

A graphic featuring the text 2023 Alumni Achievement Awards, with photos of the seven winners and their names below.

Each year, Detroit Mercy honors an alumnus from each of its seven schools or colleges for the way they have excelled in their professions and demonstrated leadership and service to the larger community.

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As many of you know, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn affirmative action on June 29, 2023, will have a significant impact on institutions of higher education throughout our country. We pray for all of our friends and member institutions who will experience an array of challenges due to this decision, but most importantly for all students who will be directly affected by the court’s actions.

Students sit inside of a classroom and listen to a teacher who sits on a higher chair, with three television screens around them.

For more than a decade, the Leadership minor has been an important part of the college education for hundreds of UDM graduates. More than 500 students are enrolled in the minor each semester.

Graduates walk outdoors on the McNichols Campus near the Jesus statue.

More than 1,000 graduates participated in four ceremonies during 2023 Commencement at University of Detroit Mercy on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13.

Angel Mangham wears a graduation cap and gown and speaks from a podium inside of a classroom.

Angel Mangham has made her mark at Detroit Mercy and within the School of Architecture & Community Development. As president of the school’s chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students, she works to amplify the voices of Black architects.

Michael Ford stands outdoors in front of an iconic statue in downtown Detroit, surrounded by more than a dozen children in sweatshirts and coats.

Michael Ford’s love for music and community inspired him to found The Hip-Hop Architecture Camp, which blends his passions, while also empowering underrepresented youth to explore architecture.

January 2023 Letter from the Dean

Building on our 58-year heritage and our unique relationship with Detroit, we have completed a major transition. Beginning in the 2021-22 academic year, we are now known as the: School of Architecture + Community Development (SACD). But this is more than a name change.

Christmas greetings from University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit Mercy wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season! Find University closure hours here.

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Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., will be inaugurated as University of Detroit Mercy's 26th president Friday, March 24 at 3 p.m. in Calihan Hall on the McNichols Campus.

An ofrenda is shown with bowls of plastic fruit, a plate of plastic peppers, fake candles and skulls sit on top an yellow, white, black and tan ornamental sheet indoors.

The Detroit Institute of Arts has its own tradition of displaying ofrendas, and one of them included in this year’s display was created by Detroit Mercy Architecture student Arianna Carrera.

A Happy Thanksgiving graphic with a cartoon turkey on it, as well as the University of Detroit Mercy logo at the top.

Detroit Mercy wishes everyone a happy Thanksgiving! The University will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 27 in observation of the holiday.

The exterior of a building is seen with a sign reading Warren Loranger Architecture Building

Thanks to a grant received from The Kresge Foundation and mutual partnerships with Grow Detroit’s Young Talent and Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, the Detroit Mercy School of Architecture & Community Development’s nonprofit community design organization, DCDC, was able to host a six-week high school summer internship program.

SACD, DCDC to host Black Landscape Architects exhibit at Detroit Mercy

Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture & Community Development along with Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) will host an exhibition, “Their Untold Stories: Black Landscape Architects Michigan Connection” as part of Detroit's Month of Design from Sept. 19-30.

Image on the left features colorfully painted buildings and children playing in Cuba. On the right, members of the trip smile for the camera in Cuba.

Detroit Mercy students find more similarities than differences during the University's short-term study abroad program to Cuba.

Joseph Silveira kneels in front of spectators while giving his architecture presentation.

Joseph Silveira has always been interested in what makes buildings special; in fact, it’s what brought him to Detroit Mercy.

Suchi Reddy, smiling, stands in front of the "me + you" design inside the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of bright lights shine on the sculpture in the background.

Suchi Reddy, a 1991 graduate from the School of Architecture & Community Development, is receiving wide acclaim for two very different high-profile design projects – both developed during the pandemic – that have earned her praise and showcase in the New York Times for the innovative way they blend art, design and technology.

A portrait photograph of Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D.

Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., brings nearly three decades of higher education leadership in the areas of program development, accreditation, alumni relations, community partnership development, corporate and philanthropic fundraising success and commitment to adult/post-traditional students, international/global and online education, following decades as a researcher and educator at Catholic institutions.  

Letter from the Dean

Beginning this 2021-22 academic year, we are now known as the: School of Architecture + Community Development (SACD). This is more than a name change. It marks years of work that centers on amplifying our social, economic and environmental justice-driven and student-centered approach.

Detroit Mercy to require COVID-19 vaccine for fall 2021

After careful review and consideration of guidance from medical and public health experts, all University of Detroit Mercy students, faculty and staff will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated on or before August 16, 2021.

From left to right: Taylor Kile, pictured giving an architecture presentation, walking near a fountain in New York during a conference, standing with friends in front of a church in Cuba during a study abroad experience, holding a pair of lawn tools while volunteering in the surrounding community during PTV, and sitting on a table in New York during a trip for a conference.

Taylor Kile came to University of Detroit Mercy wanting to become an architect. After four years, she completes her undergraduate career knowing exactly how she can impact the world.