Program Partners


Public Design Corps seeks non-profit organizations with public missions ranging in scale and scope.

The program connects students in architecture, urban design, and planning with organizations to tackle pressing economic, environmental, social, and spatial challenges. Food access and distribution, health-inflected design, public space activation, civic engagement, and virtual experience design are a few of the issues teams have addressed in the past. Student-faculty teams and community partners engage in structured conversations, collaborative workshops, and co-design processes to explore ways design can produce community-focused outcomes.


2021 Engagements


Art Reach of Mid-Michigan
Block Island Housing Board
Carr Center Detroit
Communities First, Inc.
Detroit Historical Society & Museum
Detroit Housing Commission
Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
The Great Lakes Way
Huron Clinton Metroparks / City of Detroit


2020 Engagements
Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels

Brilliant Detroit
Carr Center Detroit
Sage Metro Detroit
Shylo Arts
Zimbabwe Cultural Center