Hidden In Plain Site - Episode Three - "Master Builder" - Damon Dickerson (Khai LW XI Amaru)

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Since graduating from the University of Michigan and completing two travel studio programs, Damon Dickerson has worked professionally as an architectural designer throughout Michigan. As a native of Ypsilanti, Damon and his family moved to Detroit with the intention to aid in the City’s revitalization. With a belief that equitable development starts with community, he has always leveraged his passion and architectural skillset to seek solutions to issues stemming from built environment inequities. With a hand for design, Damon leads coordination and documentation efforts in various areas of small to large-scale projects. Damon has worked on a myriad project types; including residential, sports and entertainment, family recreation centers, tenant and landlord build outs. He enjoys designing, developing, and coordinating the client’s vision through all project phases. He demonstrates an understanding of municipal code, and consistently works with requisite disciplines in interpreting their project-based goals and aspirations.

5 projects Damon loves:

  1. Castelvecchio Museum – Scarpa
  2. Chaffers’ Ann Arbor Cottage – Chaffers
  3. Sugar Hill Mixed-Use – Adjaye
  4. Sunken House – Adjaye
  5. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History – Sims|Varner

 Architects he’d love to know more about:

  1. Jack Travis
  2. Diebedo Francis Kéré
  3. Shigeru Ban
  4. Rem Koolhaas


Detroit City of Design Spotlight


Show Topic Links:

University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture & Planning

Washtenaw Community College

National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMAS)

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Dokes Design Architecture

Jonathan Siegel: “Architect as Developer” (EntreArchitect: Context & Clarity)

Damon and Ashley Dickerson: Pioneers in Rebuilding Detroit (POLITICO)

Tower Pinkster

Hamilton Anderson Associates

Dynamic Designs

Rossetti Architects


Current projects:

7400 West McNichols project

The Deco Building

Baobab Fare by Dokes Design Architecture


NDP/Live6/UDM conversation: Black Developers and Architects

Sawyer Art Apartments (N’Namdi, Holdingsosey Development)


UNESCO City of Design

John Coltrane: A Love Supreme


David Adjaye

Design Collective: Mark English, Carole Harris, Emmett Hagood, Percy Cash

Sharon E. Sutton

Dr. Craig Wilkins

Dr. Wilkins: The Transformative Possibilities of The Available City (Chicago Biennale)

Dr. James Chaffers



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