Taubman College alumni are an essential part of our community, and there are lots of ways for you to engage with the College, no matter where you live or when you graduated! Volunteering is a great way to recruit top talent to your organization, make a positive impact on the student experience, and stay connected to Taubman.
Host a Spring Break Extern the week of March 2-6, 2020
Take the opportunity to help a student learn about the practice of architecture, urban design or urban planning—while also gaining a valuable opportunity to connect with a potential future hire! Hosts are encouraged to include students in meetings, provide short-term project work, and help them understand that specific workplace setting.
If your firm or organization is interested in being on the list to potentially host an extern the week of March 2-6, 2020, please complete this interest form. We cannot guarantee a match because of fluctuations in student interests and participation, but would be thrilled to get our host list started early!
Hire a Taubman College student or alum!
- Send job/internship postings for students and alumni to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attend the Taubman College Career Fair, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 (Click here to go to the registration page)
Join our Taubman College Career Network!
Taubman College Career Network is a platform that enables students and alumni to connect with Taubman College alumni for advice, career-related conversations, informational interviews and job postings. Click here to log in through the University Career Alumni Network (use LinkedIn for the easiest login!) and then select the Taubman College Career Network hub!
Taubman College Alumni Council
The Taubman College Alumni Council seeks to enhance the connectedness of the worldwide Taubman College community. Its members encourage engagement through volunteerism, philanthropy, event attendance, and advocacy.
Larry Barr, B.S. '80; M.Arch. '82, President at Quinn Evans Architects, Washington D.C
As President of Quinn Evans Architects, Larry provides leadership that promotes a sense of responsibility reflective of the pedigree of the firm’s portfolio. He advocates innovation and inspires design quality at all levels.
Larry thrives when working on cultural heritage projects such as performing arts spaces and museums. As a creative thinker, he appreciates these environments for their ability to provide a special forum for the interaction between art, the artists, and the viewing audience. Larry is proud that, in many cases, QEA is able to truly transform buildings while strengthening their connection with people.
Rasa Bauza, B.S. ’80, Executive Director Project Management, Warner Bros. Corporate Real Estate, Burbank, CA
Rasa began her career with post-graduate research in Switzerland followed by small practice experiences in New Haven and Los Angeles. The early 90's recession prompted a pivot to expanding ADA code expertise and project management skills, leading to a 25-year career as owner’s representative and executive manager for entertainment studio design and construction projects. Starting as a sole practitioner with relatively small assignments at Paramount Pictures her role evolved into a full-time design position at the studio with increasing knowledge and responsibilities unique to entertainment projects. In 2001 she joined Warner Bros. as executive director managing design and construction of Burbank studio projects on the lot and continues to this day in strategic real estate planning, sustainability, campus facilities, corporate workplace and production environments in various Warner Bros. global locations.
B.S. Arch, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
M. Arch. Yale University, School of Architecture
Mark Bulmash, B.S. '82, SVP of Development, Howard Hughes, Plano, TX
Mark Bulmash is Senior Vice President, Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation. Since 2011, he has overseen the Central and Southeast region. Mr. Bulmash is a 30-year veteran of retail & mixed-use real estate, who spent time at the Taubman Company, Related Companies and Forest City Enterprises. He is also a member of the inaugural class of ICSC's Certified Retail Property Executives (CRX), Centerbuild’s Planning Committee and ICSC’s US Design Jury and the Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Bulmash earned his MBA from The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania and his MCP, Physical Planning and Economic Development from The University of Pennsylvania. He earned his BS Architecture from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Amy Gilbertson, M.Arch. ’01, Principal at Trivers, Saint Louis, MO
Amy bases her leadership on the conviction that successful projects begin with building great relationships. She brings a focus on creative problem solving to every aspect of the work from developing a vibrant project team to ensuring complex solutions are supportive of design intent.
Along with two partners in the summer of 2015, Amy successfully led Trivers, an architecture firm located in St. Louis, through the firm’s first ownership transition since its founding in 1975. As Principal with over 20 years of experience heavily focused on historic and civic projects, she has played a key role in some of the firm’s most visible projects. Among her key projects are the Old Post Office renovation, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Ranger Station and the Old Courthouse renovation in St. Louis, as well as American Cancer Society Hope Lodge projects throughout the United States. Through strategic alignment of Trivers’ vision and expertise, Amy has recently begun expanding the firm’s civic portfolio winning work across the country as a Small Business Enterprise.
Dan Harmon, B.S. '91, M.Arch. '93, Operations Manager at Turner Construction, Portland, OR
Dan Harmon is Vice President with Turner Construction Company. Turner is an international construction-services company headquartered in New York, with a professional staff of 5,800 employees, and a work-in-place volume of over $11 billion annually. Dan manages the operations of Turner’s office in Portland, Oregon.
Before joining Turner in 1998, Dan began his career in Chicago working in the architecture office of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates. Over the last 19 years with Turner, he has led teams on projects ranging in size from $500K to $500M, including science and medical research laboratories, university classroom buildings, sports stadiums, data centers, semiconductor and electronics manufacturing facilities, healthcare projects, multi-family residential and corporate office buildings. Dan’s professional interests align with Turner’s market focus on complex, highly technical, one-of-a-kind buildings as well as progressive design-build, IPD, and design-assist projects.
A passionate advocate for sustainable design and construction practices, Dan worked on the first ever LEED-Gold certified research laboratory project in 1999 and has participated in the construction of over a dozen LEED-certified projects in the years since. He also is a member of Turner’s corporate Sustainability Committee and helps drive Turner’s strategies around sustainability at both the company and project level.
Ronald Henry, M.Arch. '91, Corporate Vice President, Beaumont Health, Detroit, MI
In September 2017, Beaumont Health recruited Ron Henry to join the organization serving as Corporate Vice President for Real Estate, Design and Construction responsible for an annual capital budget ranging from $300 to $400 million per year. With a team of 55 Architects, Engineers, Planners, Programmers, Designers, Estimators and Real Estate professionals, the group provides strategy, analysis, planning, programming, project delivery and development across the 8-hospital, 35,000 employee system, including all outpatient, ambulatory and clinical locations totaling over 25 million square feet of owned and leased facilities throughout the region.
Previously, Henry was The Detroit Medical Center’s Senior Vice President / Chief Facility Engineering and Construction Officer. Simultaneously, Henry was DMC’s Vice President of Performance Management and Innovation (PMI). In his role with the DMC, Henry was responsible for Real Estate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Lease Transactions, and Property Management as well as Regulatory Compliance and Safety, Sustainability, Facility Management, Engineering, Programming, Planning, Design, Construction, Parking, Transportation and Facility Maintenance. His work with DMC included leading the $850 million major capital construction program. Henry was integral to the development and ultimately leadership of DMC’s Performance Management and Innovation department, which is a sustainable, high performance operating unit aligning healthcare operational strategy to qualitative and quantitative results. This transfers Lean design strategies and best practices from conception through deployment thereby driving operational and financial improvement to cultivate a culture of innovation across all platforms clinically and operationally.
Henry came to DMC from Plante Moran Cresa, where he was Senior Vice President, heading the firm’s healthcare real estate consulting and project management group, providing program leadership, strategy and vision about the future of healthcare delivery through the integration of facility design, clinical process, operations and financial outcomes.
Immediately prior to Plante Moran CRESA, Henry was managing principal of the 350-person Michigan operation of URS Corporation (now AECOM), a publicly traded provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world. His project credentials included leading large acute care hospitals, education, transportation and environmental projects exceeding $1 billion in construction costs.
His Sports Architecture portfolio includes numerous professional, collegiate arenas and stadiums around the world as a result of many years as a Principal with Rossetti as Director of Sports. Henry holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Michigan including studies abroad at the Technical University of Vienna (Austria), and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University.
Randy Howder, B.S.'99, Managing Director, Gensler, San Francisco, CA
As Managing Director of Gensler's San Francisco office, Randy focuses on helping transform his clients' organizations through new approaches to design, research, and experience. With a background in strategic consulting and design initiatives for a diverse range of industry-leading clients, including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Hyatt, Randy is always questioning how spaces work while striving to find ways to make them more effective and to improve people's lives. He has been a featured speaker at several international design conferences and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, writing about design and urban issues in the Bay Area and beyond. Randy's work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Interior Design Magazine, Metropolis, Fast Company, Forbes, and the Economist. In 2015, Randy was named one of the San Francisco Business Times' 40 Under 40, an honor that recognizes individuals who “embody perseverance, vision, passion and innovation.” He earned a BS in Architecture from University of Michigan and a Master of Architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.
Casey Jones, M.Arch.'92, Principal, Perkins+Will, Chicago, IL
Casey is the former Deputy Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations at the U.S. Department of State. In 2018, he joined Perkins+Will and serves as director of civic projects.
For 20 years, Casey has been one of the nation's top advocates for well-designed civic architecture and public space, having overseen a range of public and private sector projects around the world. Earlier in his career he helped establish New York's Van Alen Institute, and is a fellow of the Design Trust for Public Space, where he produced the master planning document-"Reclaiming the High Line,”-which laid the groundwork for the highly-regarded park on Manhattan's West Side.
Casey has taught courses on urban design and architecture at Columbia, the University of Michigan, and Parsons School of Design. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the University of Virginia and his Master of architecture degree from the University of Michigan.
Jermaine Ruffin, M.U.P. '17, Director of Development - West Region, City of Detroit, Detroit, MI
Jermaine R. Ruffin is a 2017 graduate of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Program at Taubman College. Jermaine has a held various positions in the fields of community and economic development on both the state and municipal level. He is currently the Director of Development for the West Region of the City of Detroit in the Public-Private Partnership Office. As Director of Development, he is responsible for the implementation of strategic neighborhood plans with specific focus on residential/commercial real estate revitalization and affordable housing options. Jermaine currently serves as a Board Member for the Redevelopment Ready Communities program, as an Advisory Board Member for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, a current member and former Ambassador for the American Planning Assoc. (APA), former Housing Commissioner for the City of East Lansing and is an active member of several national and state community and economic development organizations. He lives in Detroit with his wife Letisia and is the proud father of Stephanie, Oscar and Arthur.
Jamie Simchik, M.U.P., Real Estate Certificate'15, Principal at Simchik Planning and Development, Portsmuth, NH
Jamie Simchik is the Principal of Simchik Planning and Development in Portsmouth, NH. Initially offering clients real estate development advisory services, Jamie now owns and operates 200,000 square feet of commercial real estate with his family through the 100 Market Group portfolio. Additionally, his family developed and owns The Hotel Concord, which is a 38-room, independent, boutique hotel in Concord, NH.
Prior to this current role, Jamie was a Principal Planner at Fort Hill Companies, an architectural, engineering and urban planning firm with offices in Massachusetts and Florida. He was also a Public Engagement Assistant with Regina Villa Associates undertaking public outreach for sewer separation and road reconstruction capital improvement projects in Massachusetts. Additionally, Jamie was a Research Planner with Connor Holmes, an urban planning consulting firm in South Australia, collaborating on a variety of projects for government and private clients.
Jamie serves on the Board of Directors for Intown Concord and Board of Advisors for the Boston Public Market Association. He is actively involved with the American Planning Association and Urban Land Institute. Jamie graduated from Colgate University and has a Master of Urban Planning, Master of Business Administration and Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of Michigan.
Branka Sindik-Olson, M.Arch. '81, Principal, Sindik Olson Associates, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Branka V. Olson is president and founding principal of Sindik Olson Associates, a pre-design consultancy focused on people-centered built environments that meet the needs of stakeholders, users, and communities. For over 25 years, Branka has advocated an integrated team-based approach in order to define, design and deliver an extensive portfolio of projects for public and private sector clients. The significance of Branka’s contribution to practice is the emphasis on the person-place relationship in understanding the criteria for design of large scale office projects named “The Workplace of One”.
Branka is a practitioner-scholar with a focus on employing systems, design, and emergent thinking approaches to inform experimental work environments that result in positive performance outcomes for workers and organizations. Branka’s research resides in the intersection of design theory, organizational behavior, and environmental psychology in examining the experiential effects of work environments on the engagement, satisfaction, and performance of workers. The research has been presented at numerous academic and practitioner conferences, including The Academy of Management (AOM), Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and Engaged Management Scholarship (EMS) conferences. A second stream of research focuses on integrated project delivery methods with an emphasis on human and life-cycle benefits. A book chapter on the topic of Relational Teams: Turning the Cost of Waste into Sustainable Benefits has been published in The Handbook of Engaged Sustainability (Springer, 2018, with E. Straub).
Branka has a Master of Architecture from University of Michigan and a B.S. in Architecture and Interior Design from University of Illinois. She completed her dissertation titled “Experiential Workplace Design in Knowledge Work Organizations: A Worker-centered Approach” and obtained a Ph.D. in Management – Designing Sustainable Systems from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.
Heather Taylor, B.S. ‘90, Campus Planner/Architect at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH
Heather is an Associate Principal at Payette, an award-winning architecture firm based in Boston with a national and international practice. Payette focuses exclusively on the planning and design of high technology buildings in the sciences and healthcare. The prime focus of Heather’s work has been for higher education clients in the planning, programming and design of science, medical education and research facilities – creating engaging, interdisciplinary learning and research environments. The breadth of her experience additionally includes master planning, preservation, federal government, K-12 and residential projects. Heather stands out for her ability to approach projects with strategic vision and creative solutions, to listen keenly and understand the broader nuances of her client’s needs, to manage with an inclusive, collaborative, style and to nurture and maintain a broad network of professional contacts.
In addition to her client work, she is an advocate for the profession and her community. She is dedicated to giving back and mentoring. Her current/recent service and leadership roles encompass local, regional and national involvement with organizations such as the Society for College & University Planning, the Boston Society of Architects, the Charlestown Preservation Society, and the American Institute of Architects. She played a key role in planning and execution of the inaugural AIA’s Women’s Leadership Summit in 2009 and has been a part of the advisory committee and a presenter at the subsequent 2011, 2013 and 2015 Summits.
She speaks at regional and national conferences on topics including: Formal and Informal Learning Spaces; Trends in Higher Education; Sustainable Campus Master Planning, Business Development, Leadership Development, Mentoring and Firm Structure and Operation. She has participated on design juries for the BSA, AIA North Carolina and AIA Maryland. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture Degree (Summa Cum Laude) from North Carolina State University in 1994.
Thomas Whitmore, B.S. '89, Vice President, of Historic Preservation, The Christman Co., Washington, D.C., LEED, AP, AVS
As project executive in Christman’s mid-Atlantic office, Mr. Whitmore is responsible for directing both key historic renovation and new construction projects there. His training and experience in design and construction administration make him particularly adept at pre-construction planning services during the early phases of their projects. As a trained architect, LEED- accredited professional and highly-competent construction manager, Mr. Whitmore’s broad range of skills have enabled him to bring great added value to their clients’ projects. He joined Christman as project manager in 2000 and was promoted to project executive in 2006. In addition to directing historic preservation in the mid-Atlantic region, Mr. Whitmore also heads up the technical resources and training of historic preservation personnel for Christman’s national historic preservation group. Mr. Whitmore has served on the board of the Association for Preserving Technology since 2013 and now serves as the treasurer. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan.
Martin Woodrow, B.S. '89, M.Arch. '91 Executive Managing Director of Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield, Denver, CO
As Executive Managing Director, Martin Woodrow has over 22 years of experience in commercial real estate and manages Cushman and Wakefield's team of resources servicing Global Occupier Services Clients in the Western Region. The group is comprised of more than 3,000 professionals, including Account Managers, Transaction Managers, Lease Administration professionals and Strategic Planners. The group provides a full scope of strategic and tactical Corporate Real Estate and Integrated Facilities Management services to major corporate clients and coordinates the delivery of comprehensive real estate services for more than 7,000 transactions per year. Martin is responsible for budgeting and maximizing performance of corporate client portfolios by proactively managing over $1 billion in annual occupancy expense.
Martin's experience ranges from 100+ acre industrial land acquisition build-to-suit projects, to 500 square foot office renewals. Martin initially joined Cushman and Wakefield as a Project Manager in the Equis organization before moving into an Account Management role and into his current position.