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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:

Emerging Voices Lecture & Discussion: Tarek Rakha
Discussion: 1:00pm, Friday November 10th 2017, Doctoral Collaboration Space
Lecture: 6:00pm, Friday November 10th 2017, Taubman Auditorium

2018 Biennial Conference
Networks of Power and Knowledge
March 9 - 10, 2018
CfP Forthcoming
Keynote Speaker: Kazys Varnelis

Research in Progress Workshops
Forthcoming, Winter 2018

P+ARG Writing Workshop
Forthcoming, Winter 2018

Selection of Past Events:

Emerging Voices Lecture Series:

Research in Progress Workshops:

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

Biennial Graduate Student Conferences:

  • 2016
    “Rule & Form: Confronting The Spatial Transactions And Logistics Of Capital”
    Keynote: Reinhold Martin
  • 2014
    Keynote: Panos Leventis
  • 2011
    “The Lean Years”
    Keynote: Ellen Dunham Jones

Leadership (2017 - 2018)

Emine ‘Seda’ Kayim (President)
Rebecca Smith (Vice-president)
Alaa Algargoosh (Treasurer)
Robert Pfaff (Secretary)

Amit Ittyerah (Member at large)
Babak Soleimani (Member at large)
Maja Babic (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.

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