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

400 Forward

AGI Construction

AIA Detroit

Allied Media Projects

Bedrock Detroit

Brightmoor Maker Space

C.A.N. Art Handworks

Capital Impact Partners

Centric Design Studio

City of Detroit Planning & Development Deptartment

College for Creative Studies

community + public arts: DETROIT

Community Development Advocates of Detroit

Cranbrook Art Museum

Creative Many Michigan