City Form Detroit is an urban design practice based in Detroit, Michigan. We balance a data-informed, research-based design philosophy with a collaborative process to develop people-focused, innovative, and creative strategies and solutions. Being Detroit-based matters to us. The city informs our work as we seek to improve the city.
James Fidler is an urban designer, planner, and founding principal at City Form Detroit. His strengths are urban research, analysis, and strategy. His projects have helped inform citywide policy, infrastructure, transportation, and development planning. Prior to starting City Form Detroit, he was an urban designer and planner at Hamilton Anderson Associates where he led the Greater Downtown Transit-Oriented Development Strategy and was a key strategist on the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework Plan. James received his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan.
Virginia Stanard is an urban designer and principal at City Form Detroit. Her work focuses on community and neighborhood-based design and planning. Her strengths are in creating a collaborative dialogue among residents, users, and stakeholders to inform high-quality design decision-making. Prior to joining City Form Detroit, Virginia was Director of Urban Design at the Detroit Collaborative Design Center. She holds positions of Assistant Professor of Architecture and Director of the Master of Community Development program at the University of Detroit Mercy where she teaches design studios and courses in urban design and real estate development. Virginia received her Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design from the University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia.