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Michigan Architecture Prep

What is ArcPrep?

ArcPrep is a program hosted by Taubman College introducing high school juniors from Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) to the multi-faceted discipline of architecture through an immersive, semester-long college preparatory course on architecture, urbanism, and integrated design studio practices.

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About the ArcPrep Program

Started January 2015, ArcPrep is a one semester college-level architecture course curriculum on architecture, urbanism, and design-related fields. Students meet for three hours per day, five days a week over the course of a semester. The course is taken for high school credit. The ArcPrep program focuses on three major components:

  1. Architecture Studio: a college-level course for high school credit focused on architecture and includes robust assignments in mathematics and visual art
  2. Career Exposure Module (CEM): career-focused exposure to professional architecture and design practices, the places of work, and direct engagement with practitioners
  3. Career Counseling Module (CCM): individual and collective career counseling that includes workshops on post-secondary education, financing college, and producing an effective college application essay and portfolio

The ArcPrep program is located in the Michigan Research Studio, a 3,700 square foot space in midtown Detroit. The space address is 3901 Woodward Avenue, two blocks from U-M’s Detroit Center. The space accommodates teaching, job-shadowing, and other activities that promote exposure to architecture and design-related career paths.

Application Information

Any student from a participating DPSCD high school is eligible. Students are selected by their principals and must meet the following requirements:

  • 2.5 GPA or better
  • Good attendance and academic standing
  • An interest in architecture


The ArcPrep program is organized by Anya Sirota, Assistant Professor of Architecture, and all courses are taught by Michigan/Mellon Fellows who hold graduate degrees in architecture.

Funding and Partners

Taubman College is well-positioned to take on this initiative due to generous alumni and community support, as well as the college’s commitment to design and education excellence. ArcPrep is made possible with support from Taubman College, U-M’s School of Education, Detroit Public Schools, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Program funding was made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

Student Perspectives and Graduations

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