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Volunteering

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 taubmancareerservices@umich.edu
  • 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.

  • Brian Adelstein, B.S. ‘89, Director, Transaction Management, Global Occupier Services

    A real estate veteran with more than 29 years of experience, Brian Adelstein is the Director of Transactions for a global C&W client in the financial advisory segment and is responsible for the delivery of lease acquisition services Globally.  In addition to managing day-to-day management of between 45-50 active global leasing initiatives, Brian is also responsible for the strategic integration of best practices and process improvements into the service delivery methodology for this client.

    Previously, Brian led C&W’s Global Portfolio Administration practice and was responsible for the coordination of C&W’s lease administration services worldwide and audit and recovery services in the United States. Brian was also an Account Director in C&W’s Portfolio Management Group. In this role, Brian oversaw C&W’s relationship with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and other federal government agency clients.

  • 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, President/CEO, Bulmash Real Estate Advisors, LLC

    Mark Bulmash recently reconstituted Bulmash Real Estate Advisors, LLC (BREA) to advise clients on retail and mixed-use development projects. Prior to that, he worked for the Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) which he joined in June 2011 as Senior Vice President, Development.  At HHC, Bulmash oversaw the Central and Southeast regions’ retail and mixed-use portfolio.  Over the course of his 33-year career, his teams have developed over 6,000,000 square feet in new retail and mixed-use developments and redevelopment of existing properties at a cost of $1,450,000,000. He has spent time in asset management, leasing, market research, financial analysis, construction and development.

    Mr. Bulmash is a member of the inaugural class of ICSC's Certified Retail Property Executives (CRX).  He is the chair of ICSC’s US Design Jury and an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

    Mark Bulmash holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan, a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Evan Mathison, B.S. ‘01, Principal and Co-Founder, Mathison | Mathison Architects

    Evan Mathison is Principal and Co-Founder of Mathison I Mathison Architects (MMA), an award winning architecture and interiors firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan. MMA is founded on the conviction that architecture, planning, and design elevate lives through an inclusive and dynamic relationship-based process.

    Since co-founding MMA with his father, Tom Mathison, FAIA in 2013, Evan has helped build and lead a talented team of architects and designers to complete a number of award-winning projects. Evan’s current projects include the new Sports and Inclusion Center for Special Olympics Michigan which will be the largest Special Olympics facility in the world, a new production facility and visitor center for the biggest whiskey distillery in Michigan, multiple higher education and secondary education projects throughout Michigan, and many residential projects throughout Michigan, Massachusetts, New York and Florida.

    Evan was named a “40 Under Forty” business leader in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2015.

  • 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.

  • 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, President of Enterprise Clients, Colliers International

    Martin Woodrow joined Colliers as president of enterprise clients within the Occupier Services | Americas platform. With more than 27 years of commercial real estate experience, Martin is an expert in growing and leading large and complex organizations, collaborating extensively and pushing the organization to deliver differentiated results for clients.

    Prior to joining Colliers, Martin was an executive managing director at Cushman & Wakefield. He ran the firm’s Occupier Services business in the West Region of the United States, including Mexico and South America. He had direct responsibility for more than 2,500 employees generating $250 million of annual revenue in the delivery of services including Transaction Management, Project Management, Lease Administration and Facility Management to more than 50 multi-market clients.

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