Detroit designers are part of a larger design ecosystem in our city, which includes policymakers, business owners, and educational and cultural institutions. As the first and only UNESCO City of Design in the US, Detroit has over 50 City of Design partners activating the Detroit City of Design Action Plan through projects that advance the practice of inclusive design. Partners advance their work through local and global connections, and earn recognition for their contributions towards the Detroit City of Design initiative.

Criteria to be a partner

  • Believe in the vision
  • Commit to our values of diverse experiences, collaborative relationships, and accessible opportunities
  • Have a current program or project that aligns with at least 1 of our 3 strategic approaches – developing talent, encouraging investment, or improving policy for Detroit design
  • Want to share their program/project on the City of Design platform
  • Agree to report on their activity annually as part of a citywide benchmark of Detroit’s design community