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The Planning and Architecture Research Group (PARG) is an organization created by and for the doctoral students at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Our main purpose is to enhance the social and academic experiences of research students in the college. We seek to foster a sense of community among planning and architecture students and to sustain an exchange of ideas within and between our disciplines, with a primary focus on issues related to the built environment. We organize forums and workshops for sharing research across disciplines as well as casual social events. We also use the group as a platform from which to approach administrators and outside groups with our aspirations and concerns as a student body. We are best known for our Emerging Voices speaker series, which has brought more than a dozen outstanding scholars to campus since its inception in 2009. We also organize a biennial doctoral student conference and student workshops.

Upcoming Events:

2018 Biennial Conference (watch this space)

Past Events:

Research in Progress Workshop: 
April 19
Faiq Mari, Architecture
Spaces of security and insecurity: the First Intifada and the settlement road infrastructure in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Please also edit Research in Progress Workshop to the following:
November 16 
Bri Gauger, Urban and Regional Planning
Feminism and Planning: An Intellectual History

Irene Brisson, Architecture
Aid Houses & the Humanitarian Village: Post-disaster NGO housing design in Haiti

P+ARG Writing Group
Tuesdays (Winter 2017)
11:00am - 1:00pm, Doctoral Lounge, 2207AAB

Emerging Voices Lecture & Colloquium: Kian Goh
6:00pm Monday, January 30, 2017, Taubman Auditorium
10:30am - 12pm Tuesday, January 31, 2017, East Conference Room, Rackham Graduate Building

P+ARG Writing Group
Wednesdays (Fall 2016)
1:00-3:00p, Doctoral Lounge, 2207AAB

Research in Progress Workshop: Bri Gauger & Irene Brisson
Wed. Nov 16th

Emerging Voices Lecture & Colloquium: Francesca Ammon

"Bulldozer: The Culture of Clearance in Postwar America"
December 8 & 9th, 2016

Welcome back BBQ @ Bandemeir Park
Sunday, September 18, 12:00 to 3:00pm.

P+ARG Writing Workshop - Tao Rugkhapan
Friday, April 15, 12:00 to 1:30pm


Carla Maria Kayanan (Co-president)
Irene Brisson (Co-president)
Niloufar Emami (Treasurer)
Robert Pfaff (Secretary)

Emine Seda Kayim (Member at large)

Constitution (PDF)


If you would like more information about involvement, contact parg-taub@umich.edu

P+ARG is a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop and open to individuals studying the built environment and urbanism at the University of Michigan.