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Dan Pitera

Detroit Collaborative Design Center
Executive Director
Detroit, MI
Dan Pitera is a political and social activist masquerading as an architect. He is the Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. Mr. Pitera holds the position that the future and sustainability of any neighborhood lies in the hands of its residents and local organizations. He led the Civic Engagement process for the Detroit Works Project initiated by Mayor Bing, which released its decision-making framework titled: Detroit Future City. Mr. Pitera was a 2004-2005 Harvard University Loeb Fellow. Under his direction since 2000, the DCDC won two Dedalo Minosse International Prizes and was included twice in the Venice Biennale in Architecture, US Pavilion. The DCDC was awarded the 2009 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Design Excellence for the St. Joseph Rebuild Homeless Center in New Orleans. Mr. Pitera was a resource member for the 40th and 43rd Mayor’s Institute for City Design.