Dan Pitera Gives Next Hyde Lecture

Dan Pitera Gives Next Hyde Lecture

By Kerry McCulloug...

October 1, 2018


The College of Architecture is presenting notable political and social activist and architect Dan Pitera, FAIA as the next Hyde lecture speaker. Pitera, who serves as executive director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture will be presenting a lecture entitled "Syncopating the Urban Landscape” at 4 p.m., October 5th, at Richards Hall, room 15.

For this lecture, Pitera will explore employing the practice of intentional syncopating of the urban landscape to strengthen communities.

In music, to syncopate means to take the stronger, more dominant musical notes/beats and make them weaker, and at the same time the weaker notes/beats are made stronger. In Detroit as well as many other communities around the world, something akin to this process has been happening organically over decades, if not longer. Syncopating the urban landscape works to direct this shift, and not let it simply happen. In the eyes of the DCDC, the goal of syncopating an urban landscape is to amplify the weaker notes, give them room to grow and to reinforce a new dynamically balanced city that is equitable, ecological and inspirational.

Pitera, widely recognized for his social justice architectural work, received the National AIA’s 2017 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award and was included in the 2017 Curry Stone Design Award’s Social Design Circle. Pitera co-led the civic engagement process for the Detroit Works Project Long-Term Planning in 2010. On January 9, 2013, the Long-Term Planning team released its decision-making framework titled “Detroit Future City”. DCDC’s engagement process was included in the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum’s exhibition “By The People” and the “DCDC’s Roaming Table” has been added to the Smithsonian Institute’s permanent collection.

Pitera was a 2004-2005 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University and was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2010, an honor bestowed to only 3% of all American architects.

The College’s Hyde Lecture Series is a long-standing, endowed, public program. Each year the college hosts compelling speakers in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning that enrich the ongoing dialog around agendas which are paramount to the design disciplines and our graduates.

For questions, email Kerry McCullough-Vondrak at kerry.vondrak@unl.edu.