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Faculty & Research

As the built environment increasingly shapes the human condition – and indeed the planetary condition – good design and planning make more sense to more people, both practically and theoretically, than ever before.


Taubman College provides a rich setting for both individual and disciplinary response to this rising demand for design and planning of the built environment. Our mission is based on thoughtful agility. We seek to understand, interrogate and advance these related fields within the context of exciting new global geographies, technologies, and ethnographies, focusing on both the exalted and unsung aspects of everyday life. In pursuit of this ideal, the college offers a complementary array of degree programs and a dynamic mix of expertise, resources and events.

The University of Michigan is a major research university with a distinguished tradition in which technology plays a major role. Industrial production, respect for craft and a commitment to social ideals are deeply rooted in this region. The university has a remarkable range of academic units, among which interdisciplinary initiatives are encouraged and generously supported. For all these reasons, the college has long held the position that research, technology, and social justice are intrinsic to design.


They are award-winning architects, planners and designers, respected scholars, and leading researchers. Faculty are actively engaged in teaching, practice, and research in many fields including architecture, urban security, environmental technology and planning, transportation, recreation, economic development, housing and community development, land use planning, and urban design. Cross-disciplinary efforts within the college and across the university are strongly encouraged and supported.

Plan Your Future
Housing, Community, and Economic Development
Land Use and Environmental Planning
Physical Planning and Design
Transportation Planning
Global and Comparative Planning