Learning From Detroit: Maurice Cox

Duration: 2 hours
Tuesday 20 March, 6.30–8.30 pm Powerhouse Museum Book Tickets

The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in partnership with the University of Technology, Sydney invites you to hear a lecture by Maurice Cox, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Detroit, that will outline the planning and development approaches currently employed in City of Detroit regeneration efforts.

This talk will address critical questions through applying landscape, architectural, historic preservation, and zoning innovations to transform current conditions, while honoring and retaining a population that has consistently resisted displacement.


Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan selected Maurice Cox from among several national finalists to reorganize and lead the City’s Planning Department in 2015.  Cox, an urban designer, architectural educator and former mayor of the City of Charlottesville, Virginia, left a tenured position with Tulane University in New Orleans to accept the Detroit position.

An outspoken advocate of neighborhood development, Cox told a Detroit audience at the Museum of Contemporary Art in February that he feels a responsibility “to ensure the Detroiters who stuck it out in the hard times now share in the city’s growing prosperity.”

Cox has taught at Syracuse University, the University of Virginia and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. His experience merging architecture, politics and design education led to his being named one of “20 Masters of Design” in 2004 by Fast Company Business Magazine. He served as Design Director of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2007-2010 where he led the NEA’s Your Town Rural Institute, the Governor’s Institute on Community Design, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and oversaw direct design grants to the design community across the U.S. In 2013, Cox was named one of the Most Admired Design Educators in America in the annual ranking of Design Intelligence.

Cox and his wife, the architect Giovanna Galfione, live in Detroit’s Lafayette Park.

This event is presented in partnership with the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building University of Technology, Sydney


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