Contact Information: 734.763.1300 | Room 2150
The deans and program chairs provide leadership for the school. Support staff for the deans and program chairs provide support for leadership, strategic and operational functions. Both groups provide reception functions and can link community members to college services and employment opportunities. Support is also provided for business data reporting and data collection assistance.
Dean and Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning
Office: 2150 | 734-764-1362
Senior Associate Dean for Research and Creative Practice and Professor of Architecture
Office: 2150 | 734-834-9385
Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives and Associate Professor of Architecture
Office: 2150 |
Academic Innovation Project Manager and Lecturer in Architecture
As Academic Innovation Project Manager, Jacob works closely with associate dean Anya Sirota in developing, expanding and promoting academic initiatives across the college, university and beyond. Current and previous projects managed include the four summer 2020 student competitions, Taubman Public Design Corps, ArcPrep Online, Spatializing Digital Pedagogies, Sonic Scenographies, Design Futures, and the Computational Design and Social Impact Design certificates.
Chair and Associate Professor of Architecture
Office: 2150 | 734-936-0221
Assistant Chair and Lecturer of Architecture
Office: 3322 | 734-615-7344
Chair and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
Office: 2344 | 734-936-0234
Chief of Staff
Office: 2150 | 734-764-1315
As the Chief of Staff, Ann works with the dean, leadership team, and faculty on issues related to administration, faculty governance, human resources, and organizational strategy and planning. With almost 20 years of experience at the University of Michigan, Ann has worked in a variety of positions including event planning (Rackham Graduate School), alumni outreach and engagement (Alumni Association), non-degree and degree program management (Ross School of Business), and faculty affairs (School of Nursing). She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and her Master of Higher Education Administration, both at the University of Michigan.
Assistant to the Dean
Office: 2150 | 734-764-5708
Director of Research and Creative Practice Development
Gabriel oversees research development activities within the college to support new research initiatives; assist in developing new research opportunities and strategic partnerships; and work directly with faculty, staff, and external partners to build capacity and administer the research and creative practice enterprise. Gabriel’s background includes a mix of skills and organizational experience — from leading foresight-driven design research to helping launch a next-generation infrastructures think-tank in Bangalore to creating climate change communications and helping to build a clean energy start-up. Gabriel is also a co-founder of CoClimate, an artist-led think tank whose work has been featured by the Science Gallery Dublin, WHO/Climate and Clean Air Coalition, ICLEI Cities Pavilion at COP21, and Le Musée de l'Homme, Paris. Gabriel holds a B.A. and M.A. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from Indiana University and an M.F.A. in Art & Design from the University of Michigan.
Office: 2150 | 734-936-0221
Seated between the Chairs of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning, Laura's role is to assist them with their calendars. In this role she is often able assist faculty, staff and students either in meeting with the chair of their program, or frequently directing them to specific resource at can assist them immediately. Prior to joining the University Laura worked for 17 years in nonprofit volunteer coordination in agencies such as Food Gatherers and the American Red Cross. Laura holds a B.A from Albion College.
Joana Dos Santos
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Office: 2150 | 734-647-2772
Joana (she/her/hers) started her 15-year career as a community organizer who fought for comprehensive immigration reform, organizing and facilitating peaceful demonstrations and civil disobedience in Washington D.C. and Massachusetts. She also organized parents and students of color in fighting for equitable access to education. Previously, Joana served as the executive director of a Latinx community center in Central Massachusetts, where she was instrumental in establishing the organization as the only organization explicitly advancing racial justice as a part of its mission in the region, oversaw expansion of community organizing and engagement programming, and established the only immigrants rights organizing group in the region. In addition, Joana developed partnerships with city officials and partners to make the region more inclusive through cultural programming and changing city policies, practices and procedures to be welcoming to marginalized communities, particularly immigrants. Additionally, she chaired and served on several boards where she built coalitions among government, healthcare, community organizations, public safety, and NGOs to advance socially equitable policies. Joana attended Fitchburg State University earning a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master's degree in applied communication.