* Note: Practice Space has closed. Check out this announcement for more information. (2/18/2015)

Practice·Space invites you to change the way you think about crafting a career.

Typical pathways can leave you checking your dreams at the door and replacing idealism with complacency. There are other paths. The Practice·Space Residency is a 4-month program offering an opportunity to exercise your creativity and build skills through hands-on collaboration on place-based projects in Detroit neighborhoods. Residents deepen existing skills while expanding into new capacities within architecture, business, and storytelling.

It’s about your trajectory.

One direction leads you down a prescribed path. The other opens a new world of unexpected encounters. So whether you want to be an entrepreneur or a new kind of practitioner, Practice·Space puts you in the mix and provides a platform to chart your own path, as both a landing and launching pad. We’re inviting a group of creatives looking to branch out, entrepreneurs between projects, and professionals in transition who want to hit the ground running in Detroit.


How the Residency Works: 


Influenced by an ethos of experimentation and learning by doing, Residents divide into teams to work directly with entrepreneurs from the Incubator program who hope to bring new life to old spaces through the design of enterprises rooted in the community. Over the course of the 4-month term, teams develop architectural concepts, discover new business models, and weave compelling stories to attract the funding and support that will allow the project to move forward. Beyond the project experience, the program fee for each term includes direct access to our network of experts and advisors, and an Off-Site membership, which features a dedicated desk and usage of the space as an event venue.

The Residency requires a commitment of 20 hours per week. The program intentionally leaves significant time open which past Residents have used to launch their projects, grow their own practice, carry a part-time job, and explore Detroit.

Terms are four months and begin each January, May, and September. Many residents choose to continue developing skills and diversify their project experience by staying for a second or third term, at a reduced rate. The next term, PS03, begins on May 12.

How to Apply:

We are accepting applications on a rolling admissions basis for the third class, RC03. Within two weeks of submitting your application, you will be notified whether or not you are admitted into the Residency Program.

Once admitted, you will be offered the opportunity to claim a placement in the class of Residents for the upcoming term. Placements are claimed on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is to your advantage to apply early.

Applications for the next term (May ‘14 - Aug ‘14), will be accepted starting February 1 through April 1, 2014 (or until the class has been filled). If you have questions or would like to stop by and visit, please Contact Us.

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Program Fees:

Residency Term Total: $2,500

For returning Residents:
- Second term: $2,000
- Third term: $1,500

  • Dedicated desk and work area at Practice·Space
  • Experience on a project from the Incubator
  • Access to the team of Advisors
  • Ability to host events at Practice·Space
  • Access to a network to grow your own practice

>> Looking for Part-time Employment?
In order to connect with local businesses and offset the cost of tuition, Practice·Space will help coordinate part-time employment for admitted residents who request it.

>> Interested in Earning IDP Credit?
Practice·Space will grant and administer IDP credit to architects-in-training through time spent in the Residency program.


>>Need Financial Assistance?
Payment plans are available upon request.

>>Looking for a Place to Stay in Detroit?
Practice Space will help coordinate living options for admitted residents seeking housing.