Dan Pitera is Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture in Detroit, MI, USA.
He views the design profession as an essential force in establishing human relationships and engagement.
The DCDC is dedicated to fostering university and community partnerships to create inspired and sustainable neighborhoods and spaces for all people. He is co-leading the civic engagement process for the Detroit Works Long Term Planning initiated by Mayor Bing in 2010.
Under his direction since 2000, the DCDC won the 2011 and 2002 Dedalo Minosse International Prize and was included in the US Pavilion of the 2008 Venice Biennale in Architecture. The DCDC was awarded the 2011 SEED Award, and the 2009 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Design Excellence for the St Joseph Rebuild Center in New Orleans. The DCDC was the recipient of the NCARB Prize in 2002 and 2009 and was included in the international exhibit/conference ArchiLab in 2001 and 2004 in Orleans, France.
He was a 2004-05 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, was the Hyde Chair of Excellence at the University of Nebraska in 1998, a finalist for both the 2008-09 Rafael Vinoly Architects Grants in Architecture, and the 2006-07 James Stirling Memorial Lectures on the City.
Dan Pitera was a mobile workshop expert at the 5th International Forum for Sustainable Construction dedicated to “Infrastructure Space” held April 7-9, 2016 in Detroit, USA.