Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION 

University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) | Master of Architecture, 3.5 GPA. Detroit, MI, - 2012

Thesis: Bleeding Heart Design: towards an altruistic design process 

Advisor: Karen Swanson 

 

Warsaw University of Technology | UDM Student Exchange. Warsaw, Poland - 2010

Home School | kindergarten through twelfth grade. Detroit, MI, 1995 - 2007

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE 

University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture | Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC)

Designer + Project Manager. Detroit, MI, April 2015 - present

University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture 

Sophomore Design Studio Co-Teacher. Detroit, MI, Fall Semester-2016

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Bleeding Heart Design - Founder + Director. Detroit, MI, 2012 - present

Impact Detroit - Network Coordinator. Detroit, MI, July 2014 - March 2015

Detroit Future City - Civic Engagement Consultant. Detroit, MI, May 2012 - January 2014

Habitat for Humanity ReStore - Asst. Manager of Shipping and Receiving. Detroit, MI, 2007 - 2009 

HONORS + AWARDS​

New Museum New York City
- Ideas City Fellow and artist-in-residence. Athens, Greece

Salzburg Global Seminar
- Forum for Young Cultural Innovators. Salzburg, Austria 

University of Chicago
- Place Lab Ethical Redevelopment Salon Member. Chicago, IL

National Arts Strategies
- Creative Community Fellow. Topsham, VT + Bainbridge Island, WA. 

8 80 Cities
- Emerging City Champion Fellow + $5000 grant. Toronto, Canada

University of Detroit Mercy
- $96,000 Insignis Scholarship awarded for academic excellence 

Hamilton Anderson Associates
- HAA Expendable Scholarship - 2009 + 2011

EXTRACURRICULAR + PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Detroit Future City - Board of Directors. Detroit, MI, June 2016 - present 

 

Detroit Creative Corridor Center - UNESCO City of Design Planning Committee. Detroit, MI, May 2016 - present 

Lindale Gardens Community Association - Treasurer. Detroit, MI, January 2015 - present

National Organization for Minority Architecture Student (NOMAS) - UDM Chapter President, 2010 - 2012

PRESENTATIONS​ 

Theaster Gates, Place Lab Ethical Development Salon Session - Repurpose Repropose. Chicago, IL, 07.28.16 

Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) - 24th Annual Conference. Detroit, MI, 06.09.16

Wayne State University Van Dusen Forum - Panelist for Theaster Gates presentation. Detroit, MI, 10.08.15

University of Detroit Mercy - Landscape Design Class. Detroit, MI, 11.17.14

Detroit Revitalization Fellows. Detroit, MI, 09.11.14

UDM School of Architecture - Fridays @ 5 Series. Detroit, MI, 09.05.14

Creative Mornings - Color. Detroit, MI, 09.05.14

Challenge Detroit - End-of-Year Celebration. Detroit, MI, 07.31.14

Association for Community Design - Emergence Conference. Detroit, MI, 06.13.14

Detroit Edison Public School Academy. Detroit, MI, 04.17.14

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) - Architecture Students. Detroit, MI, 02.21.14

AIAS Pecha Kucha. Detroit, MI, 02.06.14

RECOGNITION

Model D Media

 

Elm LOCAL

 

The Huffington Post - "8 Women Who Will Change Everything You Thought About Detroit" - 02.15

Moosejaw - "Notable Humans of Detroit" - 09.14

Detroit Metro Times - "Detroiters make good neighbors." - 06.14

B.L.A.C Magazine - "Rebecca 'Bucky' Willis, Creator of Bleeding Heart Design" - 04.14 Issue

Model D Media - "Group uses public art to improve life in Lindale Gardens" - 03.14 

Urban Innovation Exchange - Video: Rebecca Willis. - 11.13 

Before I Die - We Need...Wall in Detroit Michigan. - 02.13 

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