Dan Pitera is the Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. The Design Center not only provides design services but also empowers residents to facilitate their own processes of urban regeneration.
Under his direction since 2000, the Design Center was included in the U.S. Pavilion of the 2008 Venice Biennale in Architecture, and awarded the 2009 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Design Excellence for the St. Joseph Rebuild Center in New Orleans. The Design Center 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. Dan Pitera was a 2004-2005 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. He likes “fallout shelter” yellow.