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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 4-8, 2019

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 4-8, 2019, 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 and Networking Fair, Thursday, March 21, 2019 (Registration link will be added soon!)

COMING SOON: Join our Taubman College Alumni Network!

Taubman College Alumni 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. Watch for more information for our Fall 2018 launch!

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.

  • Jesse Adkins, III, M.Arch.’94, Principal, Shear Adkins Rockmore Architects, Denver CO

    Jesse Adkins is one of the founding principals of Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects in Denver, CO. SA+R initially began in early 2002 as a small design studio focused on mixed-use developments within an urban context, and their influence has steadily grown over the past 14 years. Of course design is central to the firm’s goals, however the culture of the studio embraces all aspects of the modern architectural practice and is now seen as one of the leading architecture firms in the region. Currently, the firm is working on a wide variety of project types which are located across the United States.

    Jesse received his BSAS from the University of Nebraska in 1992 and his MArch from the University of Michigan in 1994, where he received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for distinguished service upon graduation. Following graduation, he and his wife immediately moved to Denver to begin his professional career. In 2007 Jesse was awarded the AIA Denver Young Architect of the Year, five years after starting SA+R. Jesse has served on both State and Local AIA Boards, and currently chairs the AIA Housing Committee for AIA Denver. In addition, Shears Adkins Rockmore was awarded the 2013 Colorado AIA Firm of the Year and the 2014 AIA Denver Firm of the Year.

  • 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.

  • Pankaj Duggal, M.U.P./M.Arch.'95, Vice President, Jacobs, Arlington, VA,  AICP, AIA International Associate

    As Vice President & Managing Principal in Jacobs Buildings, Infrastructure and Advanced Facilities line of business, Pankaj focuses on business strategy, architecture, engineering, planning, and integrated delivery of large technically complex projects for private, public/institutional, and government sector clients. With 25 years in the industry, Pankaj brings strong business leadership in corporate/industrial, mission critical, science & technology, and U.S. Government market sectors. In his current role at Jacobs, Pankaj is the General Manager for the U.S. Government business globally which includes buildings, infrastructure and environmental services.

    In the recent past, Pankaj has served as the Global Market Leader for public, institutional, and corporate market sectors. Jacobs Buildings’ business consists of approximately 6,500 people globally and 2,500 people in the U.S. generating $1.3 Billion in revenue globally.

    Pankaj’s passion for design and its impact on the built environment, coupled with his diverse background, allows him to engage with clients at a strategic level to assist in the delivery of technically complex projects and development of capital improvement programs aligning facilities’ needs with long-term business objectives. His interest areas include strategy development, integrated design, alternative delivery, total cost of ownership, and high-performance buildings. He has overseen projects in the U.S. and overseas.

    Pankaj is the Chair of the Taubman College Alumni Council, Advisory Board Member for the Design Futures Council, and Board Member for the Greater Washington DC Board of Trade. His industry and professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects, American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Associate, Urban Land Institute, CoreNet Global, Design Build Institute of America, Construction Management Association of America, Society of American Military Engineers, and the Council of Architects, India.

  • Robin Guenther, M.Arch. '78, Principal, Perkins + Will, New York, NY

    Robin Guenther FAIA is Principal of Perkins+Will and Senior Advisor to Health Care Without Harm. Her innovative healthcare projects have been published nationally and internationally. Healthcare Design magazine named her the "#1 Most Influential Designer in Healthcare" in 2010. In 2012, Fast Company included her as one of the "100 most creative people in business." She released the second edition of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, with Gail Vittori in May 2013. Robin is increasingly at the intersection of design and health and participates in a wide range of advocacy initiatives while continuing to practice.

  • 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.

  • Raynal S. Harris, Jr., M.Arch. ’94, Partner, Harris+Smith, Atlanta, GA

    Raynal Harris graduated from Morehouse College, with an Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree, in 1991. He received a Master’s Degree in Architecture with a concentration in Urban Design from the University of Michigan in 1994. He began his professional career in 1995, as a designer working for Loebl, Schlossman and Hackl in Chicago, Illinois. He continued his exposure with designing Healthcare facilities. He then worked for SmithGroup in Detroit, Michigan. While working for SmithGroup he held several positions. First as a project designer, working on an array of projects (Healthcare, Education, Hospitality, and corporate office), he started and headed the SmithGroup Urban Solutions Studio and finally he opened an office in Chicago, Illinois for the firm. He ran the office for three years growing the staff to 12 people. Professional opportunities led him to work for the Newark office of Hillier Group in his home state of New Jersey. He was the lead designer for the office overseeing an architectural design studio and the interior design studio. He later relocated to Atlanta to work for CUH2A (now HDR). In 2004, he began working for Turner Associates Architects and planners, one of the largest minority architecture firms in the southeast. At Turner Associates he was Vice President Director of Design and oversaw all of the design aspects of the firm’s projects. He also served on the Board of Directors for the firm.

    In 2006 he co-founded Harris + Smith, LLC, a full service architecture and interior design firm. The firm represents the range of architectural and interior design services, as well as the collaborative partnerships, based on the prior experiences of both business partners. H+S is a professional service firm providing Architecture, Urban Design, Interiors, Graphics, Laboratory Planning, Programming and Facility Management services. The firm is organized around several collaborative Centers of Excellence: Academic (K12 and Higher Education), Public Safety, Corporate Interiors, Hospitality, Judicial, Science-Technology, Housing, Facility Management and Centers of Worship. As Principal in Charge of Design, he oversees, developing architectural design concepts in detail and coordinating engineering systems into the finished building design. In addition to supervising the architectural team, his primary tasks involve planning, programming, design, and material research, working with building codes and monitoring projects through construction. He is also the Managing Principal overseeing the daily operations of the business of the practices of the firm.

    Raynal is member of American Institute of Architects and National Organization of Minority Architects.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • David Parent, M.U.P. '01,  M.B.A. ‘95, Principal, Deloitte Consulting, Detroit, MI

    David Parent is a Principal in the Human Capital practice of Deloitte Consulting. With over 17 years of management consulting experience, David has led numerous significant engagements for Deloitte, working primarily with large, complex, and global organizations in both the commercial and public sectors.

    In addition to serving clients, David is the Managing Director for Deloitte Consulting in Michigan, responsible for 250 consultants based in Detroit and Grand Rapids. David also serves as the Lead University Principal for the University of Michigan, responsible for the firm's overall relationship with the University. (Deloitte has over 600 UM alumni based in its U.S. offices.)

    David has a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois (1989), an MBA from the University of Michigan (1995), and a Master's in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Michigan (2001). David's M.U.P. focused on economic development and urban revitalization.

    A 20-year resident of Michigan, David has served in a variety of community service and volunteer activities, including serving as the former chair of the Ann Arbor Housing Commission.

  • John Rahaim, B.S. '78, M.Arch. '82 Planning Director, City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

    John Rahaim was appointed Planning Director for the City and County of San Francisco in January 2008. In that role he is responsible for overseeing long range planning, environmental reviews, and development entitlements for most physical development in the City.

    Prior to his appointment in San Francisco, Mr. Rahaim was Director of Long Range Planning for the City of Seattle, and was the Founding Executive Director of CityDesign, Seattle’s office of Urban Design founded.

    Mr. Rahaim received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

    During Mr. Rahaim’s tenure, the Planning Department has completed detailed plans for approximately 20% of the city, where most of the city’s growth will occur. The city’s population is now growing at a pace of 10,000 per year, and San Francisco has the fastest job growth rate of any US city.

    The Planning Department is involved in major land use policy and program development, especially related to housing, transportation and public realm planning. In addition, the Department reviews 8000 proposed development projects per year, of which nearly 2000 require detailed review and analysis, more than any city in the US.

  • 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.

  • Ilene R. Tyler, B.Arch.'70, Director of Preservation, Quinn Evans Architects, Ann Arbor, MI,  FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP

    Advocacy is at the core of Ms. Tyler's contribution to the profession of architecture, to the specialized field of historic preservation, and to the larger community. She gained this appreciation during the tumultuous 1960s in the School of Architecture at the University of Michigan, and then working as a VISTA volunteer at the Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore. Completing urban projects for a dedicated group of volunteer architects and planners, she was an advocate for people and communities not being served by these professions.

    From Baltimore, she moved to southwestern Pennsylvania, where she founded her own practice with her husband and classmate Norman Tyler. Her residential work responded to the energy crises of the mid-1970s through the design of passive solar and super-insulated homes. She was a strong voice for the preservation of Fallingwater, and for the Laurel Highlands rural heritage against the threat of construction of a proposed nuclear power plant. She was also the architectural consultant for the National Main Street Center in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, one of the first communities selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for this program.

    In the early 1980s, Ms. Tyler returned to Ann Arbor and joined the distinguished firm of Quinn Evans Architects. As a Principal in the firm and its Director of Preservation, Ms. Tyler has been a leader in the field of preservation technology, directing work on complex restoration projects, including The First Church of Christ, Scientist Mother Church in Boston, the Parthenon in Nashville, the Michigan State Capitol Building, and the Old Courthouse as part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis.

    Ensuring that her knowledge and experience are broadly communicated, Ms. Tyler mentors younger architects in her firm and teaches in the historic preservation program at Eastern Michigan University. She has presented technical papers, served on the board, published articles, and is a Fellow with the Association of Preservation Technology, International. Her co-authored book, Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice, is a best-seller in the field of preservation and is widely used by preservation programs all across the country.

  • 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.

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