Curriculum Vitae


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

Thesis: Bleeding Heart Design: towards an altruistic design process (link)

Advisor: Karen Swanson 


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

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


University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture Adjunct Professor 

Sophomore Architecture Design Studio. Detroit, MI, Fall Semester-2016

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

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

Manage human centered design projects

•Manage teams of 1-3 interns/staff members per project

•Continue Impact Detroit Network Coordinator role 

•Manage up to $500,000 in grants 

•Develop project intentions and design

•Coordinate bidding and contract negotiation

•Construction administration

•Manage and/or perform design/build services


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

•Lead coordinator for all community meetings, events, art installation designs and project implementation

•Apply for grants and manage project budgets/finances

•Hold meetings with local organization leaders and creative thinkers to gain advice and recommendations

      for the continual improvement of b.h.d

•Update social media and website

•Formed the b.h.d Advisory Committee consisting of seven members from established local for-profit and

      non-profit organizations

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

•Shared major-decision making responsibilities with other Co-Directors

•Facilitated, planned and coordinated general meetings and hosted events 

•Updated social media, website and design informational handouts and materials

•Communicated with twenty community organization/individual Impact Detroit Network Members

•Facilitated the collaboration between Impact Detroit Network Members

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

•Developed an understanding of major urban development processes in Detroit, MI

•Developed a comprehensive understanding of the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework 

•Coordinated social media and website communication

•Scheduled and coordinated presentations for community meetings and events

•Designed graphics for digital and printed materials

•Advised and delegated duties to interns

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

•Managed arriving and departing merchandise, shipments and recorded inventory.

•Assisted customers and affectively solved customer related concerns

•Stocked and organized display shelves

•Recorded donor information and maintained effective communication.

•Created, updated and organized digital files

•Monitored and delegate projects to staff and groups of volunteers


IdeasCity - 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


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


Detroit Urban Consulate - Parlor Talk. Detroit, MI, 10.20.16

University of Chicago - Place Lab Ethical Redevelopment Salon Session. Chicago, IL, 07.27.16

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 - Architecture Students. Detroit, MI, 02.21.14

AIAS Pecha Kucha. Detroit, MI, 02.06.14


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 

REVOLVE Detroit - Revolutionaries - 10.13

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

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