Commerce Design: Detroit is an awards program that honors and recognizes commercial projects where business owners have hired professional designers to help them in the design or renovation of their space. This program aims to increase investment and growth in Detroit’s commercial corridors, promote accessibility, and preserve local identity. Licensed from Montreal City of Design, Commerce Design will recognize projects submitted jointly by the business owner and design team, completed within the last five years within the City of Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck. Commerce Design: Detroit is presented by Design Core Detroit and AIA Detroit.


Commerce Design: Detroit celebrates the impact of commercial design projects in neighborhoods while also:

From Eastside to West, every neighborhood in Detroit has a commercial thoroughfare that is home to shops, restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses open to the public. These districts are veins in the heart of the city, serving as gathering places for the local community and creating memorable experiences for visitors from near and far. Design has the power to make these spaces welcoming, attractive, and unique – inside and out.

Generously supported by: Bank of America, Hudson-Webber Foundation, New Economy Initiative of Southeast Michigan


Don’t forget to vote in this years People’s Choice Award.  The winner will be announced at the September drinks x design.


2019 Commerce Design: Detroit Winners


(North End, Detroit)
Submitted by owners Carlo Liburdi & Ashley Davidson,
and Design Team Citizen Brand & Story Lab

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(Eastern Market, Detroit)
Submitted by owners Kyle Hoff & Alex O’Dell,
and Design Team M1DTW

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(Eastern Market, Detroit)
Submitted by owner Gary Wasserman,
and Design Team Steven C. Flum

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Detroit Denim

(Rivertown, Detroit)
Submitted by owners Eric and Brenna Lane,
and Design Team Ware Mfg

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Meta Physica

(Corktown, Detroit)
Submitted by owners Anahi Hollis, Jenaveve Biernat,
and Design Team Anahi Hollis Design

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1701 Bespoke

(Midtown, Detroit)
Submitted by owners Max Schmidt,
and Design Team Patrick Thompson Design

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Central Kitchen & Bar

(Downtown – Campus Martius, Detroit)
Submitted by owners Dennis Archer Jr.,
and Design Team Ron And Roman

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Maru Sushi & Grill

(Downtown – Campus Martius, Detroit)
Submitted by owner Robert Song,
and Design Team ROSSETTI

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Detroit is the New Black

(Downtown, Detroit)
Submitted by owner Roslyn Karamoko with interior design by Gensler,
furniture and displays designed and fabricated by Donut Shop

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Ochre Bakery

(Woodbridge, Detroit)
Submitted by owners Jessica Hicks, Daisuke Hughes,
and Design Team Et al Collaborative of Detroit Llc

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2018 Commerce Design: Detroit Winners

AIA Detroit and Design Core Detroit announced the 10 businesses selected as the winners of the first Commerce Design: Detroit Awards. The winners were selected from a highly competitive group of 37 submissions and 18 finalists, representing a broad range of businesses, scales, neighborhoods, and business types.

Advance Plumbing and Heating Supply Company

(Midtown, Detroit)
Submitted by owners Jeffrey, Joshua, and Justin Moss,
and Design Team D-Met Studio

View the Advance Plumbing and Heating Supply Co. Video here!



Detroit Foundation Hotel

(Downtown, Detroit)
Submitted by owners Aparium Hotel Group and 250 Larned LLC,
and Design Team McIntosh Poris Architects

View the Detroit Foundation Hotel video here!



FOLK Detroit

(Corktown, Detroit)
Submitted by owners Kiki Louya and Rohani Foulkes,
and Designer Chris Stefani of CL Stefani Co., with Jessica Janda Design, CH Architects, and Donut Shop

View the FOLK Detroit video here!



House of Pure Vin

(Merchant’s Row, Detroit)
Submitted by owners Regina Gaines, Andrea Dunbar, and Terry Mullins,
and Designer Christian Unverzagt of M1/DTW

View the House of Pure Vin video here!



Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles

(University District)
Submitted by owner Ron Bartell,
and Designers Joshua Smith of Who’s That? and Jessica Janda of Jessica Janda Design,
with Fonath Architects and Shari Gamlin

View the Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles video here!



Lumen Detroit

(Beacon Park, Detroit)
Submitted by owners DTE Energy and Lumen Detroit,
and Design Team Touloukian Touloukian Inc
with Saroki Architecture, LivingLAB, Illuminart, and Republic

View the Lumen Detroit video here!


New Order Coffee Roasters

(Brush Park, Detroit)
Submitted by owner Elizabeth Rose,
and Design Team Et al Collaborative and Unsold Studio

View the New Order video here!



Sfumato Fragrances

(Midtown, Detroit)
Submitted by owners Jane Larson and Kevin Peterson,
and Designer Paul Karas of Ware MFG

View the Sfumato video here!




(Corktown, Detroit)
Submitted by owners Philip Kafka and Chef Brad Greenhill,
and Designer Ishtiaq Rafiuddin of Undecorated

View the TAKOI video here!



The Commons

(Islandview, Detroit)
Submitted by owners Ezekiel Harris of MACC Development,
and Design Team Laavu Studio,
with Ndubisi Okoye and BohoModern

View the Commons video here!




Commerce Design has been globally recognized as an innovative and effective tool for encouraging investment in commercial corridors. A collaborative project between UNESCO Cities of Design Detroit and Montreal, the initiative is built around a competition developed by Montréal in 1995 to promote the benefits of investing in the design and working with design professionals to local merchants and restaurant owners.