Degree(s) Earned
M.Arch ’14, M.U.P ’15

Current Employer: citizenM Hotels

Hometown/Country: Pacific Palisades, CA United States

Current City/Country: The Hague, Netherlands

/ Alumni / Master of Urban and Regional Planning,

Hannah Dean

Technical Services Manager

“Exposure to various construction methods and theoretical ideologies gave me the vocabulary to participate critically in project development.”

Why did you choose Taubman College?

When I applied for graduate school, I knew I wanted to pursue both an M.Arch and a M.U.P. Taubman College allowed me to pursue both Master’s degrees at the same time. I also did not have any background in architecture (I was an Art History and Urban Studies double major at Northwestern). Taubman College was one of the few schools with a program specifically designed for students like me.

Describe the work that you do.

I am responsible for correctly implementing citizenM brand standards during a new property’s design and construction phases. On behalf of the operator, I am the primary person responsible for creating a genuine citizenM experience in any new hotel building in the European market. Construction types vary from new build, modular, and historic building renovation.

What are some of the projects that you have worked on recently?

citizenM Geneva, Seattle South Lake, Los Angeles Downtown, Paris Champs Elysees, and London Victoria Station.

How did Taubman College prepare you for your career?

Taubman College taught me how to think and creatively problem-solve. Exposure to various construction methods and theoretical ideologies gave me the vocabulary to participate critically in project development. I am able to communicate effectively with architects, owners without architectural training, operators, and contractors. This ability is rooted in the experiences I had while studying at Michigan.

What is an important lesson that has stayed with you from your time at Taubman College?

Craig Borum said to me, during the summer session for 3G, “If you don’t love architecture, it will chew you up and spit you back out.” That, to me at least, is the most honest description of the study and practice of architecture.

What did you like best about attending Taubman College?

The people. Fellow students and faculty were interested and committed. While there were opportunities to investigate the built environment outside of Michigan, I always appreciated that studio options ranged from practical to fanciful, and local to far-flung as well.