Michigan, University of
Taubman College of Architecture
and Urban Planning
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Dean: Douglas S. Kelbaugh, FAIA (since 1998)
Good facilities: The design studio is the largest enclosed
space on campus and provides work spaces for all architecture
students. Planned on a single level, the studio is open 24
hours a day. To help forge connections between designing and
making, the College also provides fully equipped, fully staffed
workshops, laboratories and fabrication facilities where students
can build and test their designs.
An outstanding faculty: The faculty is
accomplished, dynamic and diverse. In their teaching, these
award-winning architects and designers, respected scholars
and outstanding researchers integrate various approaches and
frequently work with colleagues from other disciplines across
The appointment of Professors of Practice has enabled the
program to invite exceptional professionals to take an active
teaching role at the College.
The creation of the Eliel Saarinen Professorship,
first held by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien in the 2000/2001
academic year, brings outstanding architects to the program.
International design studios: Students
enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs may elect
to spend on term of study in any of five international design
studios operated by the College. Programs are currently offered
in Ahmedabad, India; Accra and Kumasi, Ghana; Florence, Italy;
Prague, The Czech Republic; and Delft, Holland.
Internships: With the goal of preparing
students for professional practice, the College has developed
an innovative internship program. Each year during winter
break, students are able to work in architectural offices
throughout the United States.
During the summer vacation, there are
opportunities for students to work worldwide. Other internships
are initiated by faculty and with alumni who are actively
engaged in significant architectural practices working internationally.
Building design workshop: There are abundant
opportunities for students to work with faculty members and
collaborate with visiting practitioners. The Building Design
Workshop enables student/faculty teams to design and construct
actual projects during the summer months. One project, a new
computer studio, was published in THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW
in 1996. Other projects have included the University of Michigan
Museum of Art gallery space, a gift shop and the childrens
education center, a new gallery and reception area for the
International Institute, and the Faculty Resource Room in
the College, which won a 2000 ID Award.
Visiting lecturers: Each year, architects
from around the world come to the College to participate in
the program as scholars, lecturers and visiting critics. Annual
lectures attract an international audience and are held in
honor of Eliel Saarinen, a former professor of the College;
the American designers Charles & Ray Eames; and distinguished
alumni including Raoul Wallenberg, Guido A. Binda and John
Exhibits: Taubman College has excellent
galleries and display areas. The College Gallery, designed
and built by faculty and students, provides a year-round venue
for exhibiting the work of students and faculty as well as
internationally acclaimed architects, designers and urban
planners. One of the highlights of the academic year is an
annual exhibit in the Art and Architecture Buildings
Slusser Gallery, which presents work from the pre-architecture,
undergraduate and graduate design studios.
Publications: Architecture students work
with faculty to edit and design a variety of publications.
DIMENSIONS, an annual publication edited and designed by students,
and a collection of significant lectures presented at the
College are both published annually and sold in bookstores
around the world. THE MICHIGAN ARCHITECTURE PAPERS, a series
of books highlighting significant events in the Architecture
Program, won an International Book Award in 1998 from the
American Institute of Architects.
An ideal location: The architectural
legacies of Mies van der Rohe, Albert Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright
and Eliel and Eero Saarinen are reflected in numerous examples
of their work throughout the region. In addition, urban regeneration
is underway in many neighboring cities. All of these offer
possibilities for study, research, engagement and service.
Career opportunities: The job market
for architects is vibrant, and Michigan graduates are in great
demand. Alumni pursue careers:
- In the private sector
work in architectural practices, establish their own design
studios and provide consulting services.
- In the public sector
for government agencies at the city, county and federal
level as well as for international agencies such as the
- In the non-profit world
organizations such as AmeriCorps or Habitat for Humanity.
- In a recent national survey, principals
of more than 150 leading architecture firms voted Taubman
College of Architecture & Urban Planning one of the
top three programs in the nation as a source of talented,
- The Master of Architecture graduate
program was ranked #11 by U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT (1997)
and #7 by THE GOURMAN REPORT (1999).
- The Bachelor of Science in Architecture
undergraduate program was ranked #6 by THE GOURMAN REPORT
Facilities: Students have access to a
host of educational facilities and cultural amenities at the
University of Michigan, including:
- A university library system of international
- The Media Union, a 250,000 square
foot learning center that gives students and faculty access
to extensive libraries and advanced technology-based tools
for synthesis, creativity and production.
- Hundreds of computers and the latest
- Well-equipped workshops and design
- The North Campus Pierpont Commons
and Recreation Center, offering a full range of social and
- The University Museum of Art, with
an outstanding collection and international touring exhibitions.
Alumni network: The College maintains
close contact with its more than 6,300 graduates, who reside
in 63 countries. Alumni connections are a valuable resource
for internships, career advice, mentorship and employment.
The University of Michigan:
- Ranked #3 in overall academic reputation
among American public universities by U.S. NEWS AND WORLD
- Many departments, schools and colleges
ranked among the top in their respective fields.
- Over 410,000 living alumni
more than any other university in the world.
In 1876, the University of Michigan became
one of the first universities in the country to offer courses
in architecture. The Department of Architecture was established
40 years later and, in 1931, the College of Architecture became
an autonomous unit of the University.
From its inception, the Architecture
Program has attracted notable educators and practitioners
to its faculty. Michigan students have had the privilege of
learning from and working with Albert Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright,
Mies van der Rohe, Eliel and Eero Saarinen and other acclaimed
architects. Their legacy is evident in the buildings they
created throughout Michigan and in the strength and quality
of the Taubman College architectural curriculum.
Today, the College offers a Bachelor
of Science degree in Architecture; Masters degree programs
in Architecture and Urban Planning; dual Masters degrees
that combine studies in Architecture with Urban Planning,
Business Administration or Engeineering; PhD programs in Architecture
and in Urban, Technological and Environmental Planning (UTEP);
and most recently a Master of Urban Design degree.
The Taubman gift: a landmark event: "This
gift represents both my deep respect for the University of
Michigan and my commitment to the study of architecture and
urban planning." With those words, businessman and philanthropist
A. Alfred Taubman, HLLD 91, presented a $30 million
endowment to the College of Architecture & Urban Planning
in 1999. This remarkable act of generosity among the
largest gifts in the Universitys history and the most
generous single contribution ever made to a school of architecture
in the United States is already exerting a transformative
influence. The endowment has made it possible to improve the
faculty/student ratio through an aggressive faculty recruitment
campaign, provide more scholarships, expand community outreach
projects and launch new curriculum initiatives.
This exception gift allows Taubman College
to award many new tuition stipends to outstanding students