Arts-Based Community Development Convening
Transforming Post-Industrial Cities through Art and Innovation
April 12 through 14, 2012 - St. Louis

Dan Kinkead

Detroit, Michigan


Dan Kinkead is an architect and urban designer at Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA), a multidisciplinary design firm based in Detroit.  Dan leads several local and regional design projects, including the Detroit Works Project, a comprehensive framework to improve the quality of life for Detroiters by guiding future decision making.

Dan is also a contributor to rogueHAA, a volunteer design, architecture and urban collaborative committed to raising the level of design discourse.  His work with the group includes hosting panel discussions, publishing articles, and identifying future opportunities to transform public dialogue into meaningful strategies.  Most recently, Dan participated in Detropia, a documentary film illustrating immeasurable challenges facing Detroit, and the people driven to impact the city’s future.

Dan received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky and Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University.  Dan is a part-time adjunct instructor in architectural history and theory in Wayne State University’s Urban Studies program.

Dan lives in Detroit with his wife and daughter.



rogueHAA: the architect’s CALL-TO-ARMS

Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 2:45 pm
Lower Level : Room C

CALL-TO-ARMS. The architecture and urban advocacy collaborative, rogueHAA, has issued an architectural call-to-arms for the Detroit architectural community. For their conference presentation, Melissa Dittmer and Dan Kinkead will issue the charge that it is time for a shared architectural revolution. They will illustrate the power of the non-traditional architect within a post-industrial city. Utilizing analysis and strategies created within the Detroit Works Project (a comprehensive framework to improve the quality of life for Detroiters by guiding future decision making) Dittmer and Kinkead will demonstrate the function of an architect within a society consumed with economic, social, physical, and environmental crises.

Post-industrial architects need to be more creative, more thoughtful, and more pro-active towards the revitalization of their urban environments. By fostering a unifying trajectory, we can provide a broader public the opportunity to take control of our shared design destiny.