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. Practice·Space is a one-year residency program where a paid tuition provides the opportunity to dig into groundbreaking Detroit-based development projects, supported by a group of experts and advisors, and an innovative design methodology. Rather than be siloed, Residents deepen their existing skills while expanding into new capacities within architecture, business, and storytelling.
Paying to participate runs counter to the conventional approach but creates a new model: you gain a raw introduction to entrepreneurship and emerging practices in Detroit through connections to meaningful projects, starting with limited resources but deeply woven into the fabric of the community. Residents are invested in roles with actual stakes, on projects with the autonomy to chart their own course.
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:
The Residency year consists of three consecutive 4-month terms, with a new class of Residents starting each term. Residents divide into teams each term to work directly on projects with entrepreneurs from the Incubator program. In the process, Residents conduct research, run workshops, host shows, and have direct access to a network of experts and advisors. Residents get a dedicated desk and work area in Practice·Space which includes the tools and amenities on site.
At the heart of the Practice·Space program and curriculum is collaboration on real, site-specific projects. Influenced by an ethos of experimentation and learning by doing, residents help projects design architectural concepts, discover new business models, and tell their unique stories
While in session, the Residency program requires a commitment of 20 hours per week. The program intentionally leaves significant time remaining in the week for Residents to launch their own project, grow their own practice, or carry a part-time job; and explore Detroit.
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-serve basis, so it is to your advantage to apply early.
Applications for the third class (May ‘14 - Apr ‘15), will be accepted starting February 1 through April 1, 2014 (or until the class has been filled).
Tuition & Fees:
>> 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.
>>Need Financial Assistance?
Tuition 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.