Design Collaboratives: A Campus-Community Nexus for Deepening Engagement

by Raymond Barclay

In this podcast, we hear from Ceara O’Leary about how the Detroit Collaborative works with community partners citywide on various projects at different scales, prioritizing participation in the planning and design process with the belief that local expertise leads to the best ideas. The DCDC is a model for campus civic engagement, neighborhood planning, and community development via participatory planning and design models engaging faculty, staff, and students.

Ceara O’Leary, AIA, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon. She continues her work with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, where she was most recently Co-Executive Director and a Professor of Practice at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture and Community Development, teaching public interest design and community development courses. Ceara’s professional work, teaching, research and speaking focus on inclusive design of community spaces, ranging from building renovations and open space design to neighborhood plans and citywide infrastructure strategy.

About DCDC:
DCDC is a program of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture and Comm...

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