January 20, 2021

UDM’s School of Architecture & NOMA Detroit Join Forces

From Dan Pitera, FAIA | Dean, Detroit Mercy School of Architecture:

NOMA Detroit and the Detroit Mercy School of Architecture have worked together to sponsor a studio that focuses on the annual NOMA National competition that will be judged at NOMA’s annual convention in October 2021. This year marks the 50th anniversary of NOMA, which makes this studio even more interesting because the site and the convention are in Detroit. The NOMA Studio is more than a class. It is in its second year and becoming a tradition at the School of Architecture. In many ways, it intentionally broadens the faculty that have a commitment and passion to the education of our students. We are truly excited to have Imani Day and Pierre Roberson teach the studio. They bring a wonderful energy and insight to the course content and the School at large. Thank you to NOMA’s leadership for having the vision to collaborate to make this studio come to life.

“Truly looking forward to engaging UDM students in the development of the 2021 NOMA Student Competition submission. I feel that it is important for underrepresented students to encounter significant and meaningful contact with professors of the same background throughout their education.  It is my goal to help to jumpstart some careers and spark some long-term mentorship relationships, and also help to give these students early access into their professional network.”

~ Pierre Roberson

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