U-M Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning unveils NEW Michigan Architecture Prep Program for DPS students

Participating students will spend half-day at local school and half-day on architecture work at locations including Michigan Research Studio, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, City of Detroit, professional workspaces of architects and designers

DETROIT – The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban planning has partnered with Detroit Public Schools to offer the new Michigan Architecture Prep Program (MAPP) to expose students to collegiate coursework and careers in architecture. The program was officially unveiled on December 9 during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Michigan Research Studio.

During the 2015 winter semester, students from Cass Technical High School, Detroit School of Arts and Western International High School will take part in college-level, project-based learning on architecture, workshops focused on career counseling, and career exposure to the field through the Michigan Architecture Prep Program.

“Students who participate in the new Michigan Architecture Prep Program will utilize mathematics, visual arts and critical thinking through the lens of architecture,” said Dr. Irene Norde, Executive Director of the DPS Office of Mathematics. “DPS students are really looking forward to the opportunity to have hands-on experience with architecture projects and to engage professional architects in conversations about their work. This is an innovative academic enriching experience.”

The learning environment for students will consist of the Michigan Research Studio, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, City of Detroit, and the professional workspaces of architects and designers. Students will work in both studio and computer environments and will also participate in field trips to view buildings and examine their design.

There are two University of Michigan fellows who hold graduate degrees in Architecture who will be working directly with DPS students. Those selected to participate in the Michigan Architecture Prep Program will spend half of the school day on architecture work and the other half of the day in core academic classes at their home school.

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