UM To Give Architecture Program to Detroit PS High Schoolers


The University of Michigan (UM) Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning is opening an architecture class in midtown for Detroit Public Schools’ students in high schools next month, announced Tuesday night by the university and DPS.

One course – 3 hours

They are renting 3,700 square feet for this Michigan Architecture Prep, and will have 38 juniors taking one course each semester for college introductory on urbanism, architecture and united design studio practices each day for 3 hours.

Up to 50 students

This project has a goal to ultimately have as many as 50 students enrolled in this program, which will have a goal in the direction ofshowing young minority student’s careers in architecture and design.

Coming from

These students will come from the Detroit School of Arts, Cass Tech High School, and Western International high school. UM stated that, there are plans for students from other high schools can use this program in the future.
UM stated that a program like this is vitalbecause of the fact that 12-13 % of the national population is African-American, but it only makes up to 1.5% of American architects. In 2009, 87.9 % of DPS students were African-American while another 8.3 % were Latino/Hispanic.

Milton Curry, director of program and Taubman College associate dean said that “Architecture is woefully non-diverse; it’s not nearly as diverse as it needs to be. We have to get minoritiesunder-represented —African-American, Latinos, Hispanics, Native Americans, and those students at the lower end of the economic ladder. We have to change the intellectual complexion within the discipline”

The class will be taken for high school credits towards a diploma.

Making the announcement at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Michigan Research Studio were Taubman College Dean Monica Ponce de Leon,Curry,UM President Mark Schlissel, and DPS Administrator Jack Martin.

Other than the Taubman College and DPS, those offering support are the UM School of Education and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and additional funding is coming from the Andrew W. Mellow Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Troy-based Kresge Foundation.
A share of a $1.3 million grant from the Mellon Foundation will pay for the programs two teachers or instructors.

This is UM’s 2nd location in Detroit.
The university also has space in the Orchestra Place building at 3663 Woodward Ave. for the

UM Detroit Center.