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2013 Taubman College Reunion Weekend

2013 Distinguished Alumna Karen Fairbanks, B.S.'81

Karen Fairbanks is a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks, where her work includes educational, institutional, and residential projects. She is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Professional Practice in Architecture at Barnard College and chair of the Architecture Department, teaching architecture design studios and courses on architecture and technology at Barnard and Columbia Colleges. She and her partner, Scott Marble, received a research grant from the New York State Council of the Arts for their proposal "New Media in Learning Environments," continuing research that began with their project for Cooper Union.

The recent work of her firm has focused on cultural and institutional projects for public and private clients including Queens Library, Princeton University, Haverford College, Columbia University, The New School, The Museum of Modern Art, and New York University. The firm's work reflects not only her considerable design talent but also her ability to work collaboratively with the clients to meet their needs.

For faculty members balancing the demands of the academy with the demands of running a firm is a challenge. It is a goal shared by current Taubman College faculty as well as many students. Karen has been successful on both fronts and is a role model for many, particularly for female students who are eager to both teach and practice.

Friday, October 4 - Distinguished Alumna Lecture

Time: 6:00 pm
Welcome: Dean Monica Ponce de Leon
Lecture: 2013 Distinguished Alumna, Karen Fairbanks, B.S.'81
Location: Art & Architecture Auditorium

Annual Alumni Society Reception

Immediately following lecture.

Saturday, October 5 - 

Taubman Tailgate

Time: 1 pm (kickoff is at 3:30 pm)
Location: Taubman College Liberty Annex, 305 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI
$10 per person, registration required

From left to right
Alumni, students, faculty, and staff at the Homecoming Lunch.
Daimian Hines, B.S.'99, M.Arch.'01 speaks with fellow alumni.
Kevin Tamaki, M.U.P.'80 reviews student work on display.

From left to right
From Mini 1977 reunion with M.U.P. alumni Glenn Miller, Glenn Wynn, and Randall Derifield at the Taubman Tailgate.
Alumni take a spin on a conference bike (invented by Eric Staller, B.Arch.'71.)
Lane Kendig, B.Arch.'62 at the Taubman Tailgate with Dean Monica Ponce de Leon and Janice Harvey.

Michigan vs. Minnesota

Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Michigan Stadium
$75 per ticket. Ticket orders must be received by September 6, 2013. Availability is limited.

Special Exhibits – Ongoing

Marble Fairbanks Exhibition

Liberty Research Annex
305 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI

Emergent Project (supported by the 2013 Class Gift)

Taubman College Gallery, Room 2106
Art & Architecture Building

These events are in conjunction with the University of Michigan's Homecoming weekend 10th and 50th Reunions.

Click here to register for Taubman College events. If you are returning to campus to celebrate your 10th, and 50th Reunion, please use this link for registration, which includes Taubman College events. A link to purchase UM football tickets will be listed in the registration confirmation page and email.

Please contact Sarah Jarzembowski at sejar@umich.edu or 734.615.3653 for any Taubman College Homecoming questions.

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