Master of Architecture


/ Architecture Student

Abraham Alzoubi

“Studio culture is really inspiring. Being surrounded by my peers who are constantly pushing the boundaries of architecture and its possibilities has helped me grow as a designer, critical thinker, and future architect in ways I could never have imagined.”

Dearborn, Michigan, USA

Degree Program(s)

Expected Graduation Date
May 2025

Academic Areas of Interest
Spatial Justice, Land Politics, Community Engagement

Hobbies or interests outside of academia
Soccer, Playing Basketball, Cooking

Why did you choose Taubman College as the right program for you?
I was drawn to Taubman primarily because of the amazing professors and the diverse range of courses offered here. The experiences gained from courses exploring the intersection of architecture and activism have greatly enhanced my understanding of spatial justice. Professors such as Craig Wilkins and Joy Knoblauch have been incredibly inspiring to learn from and collaborate with.

What is special or excites you about the Taubman community?
What excites me the most about the Taubman Community is the National Organization for Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS). It has been amazing to be a part of it and to witness its growth and impact on the student body. A standout moment was hosting Sekou Cooke for a design lecture on Hip-Hop Architecture. Another aspect that is really exciting is the ArcPrep and ArcStart programs. I have mentored students from Cass Technical High School and prepared them to apply to architecture programs.

If applicable, tell us about studio culture – what is inspiring or innovative or unique?
Studio culture is really inspiring. Being surrounded by my peers who are constantly pushing the boundaries of architecture and its possibilities has helped me grow as a designer, critical thinker, and future architect in ways I could never have imagined.

Describe your experience with faculty and professional staff during your time at Taubman?
Taubman’s faculty and professional staff are truly exceptional. Having DEI Coordinator Nyanatee Bailey as a mentor and seeking his guidance has been crucial to my success and growth as a student here. Additionally, taking a course with Professor Gabriel Cuellar has not only opened numerous opportunities for me but has also provided invaluable insights on the transformative potential architecture holds in empowering communities and individuals.

How has Taubman’s career and professional development support prepared you for a successful career in your chosen field?
The connections I’ve made, from past alumni to practicing architects, have been truly remarkable. Engaging with and meeting so many professionals has been incredibly rewarding, thanks to the great career network team at Taubman College.

What benefits have you experienced being part of the University of Michigan?
One of my favorite aspects of being a student at the University of Michigan is the multidisciplinary culture ingrained here. I’ve reached out and connected with professors and students not only from Urban Planning within Taubman College but also from diverse disciplines like LSA, the Ford School of Public Policy, and STAMPS. The abundance of resources is also very helpful, especially the Architecture Library and the support from the librarians.

What do you like most about being part of the Ann Arbor community?
Living in Ann Arbor has provided me with many amazing experiences, from attending the University of Michigan basketball games to being a part of student activist organizations across campus to partaking in Intramural Sports leagues and the proximity to Detroit.

What advice would you give prospective students as they consider Taubman College?
My main advice would be to really try to find and explore your purpose and your “why” behind pursuing studies in architecture, urban planning, or any other field of interest. Figure out how Taubman’s offerings, from courses to student organizations, can enhance your academic journey. Equally important is considering how you can contribute to enriching the community and culture at Taubman.

What are your plans after graduation?
While I’m still exploring post-graduation possibilities, my goal is to become a licensed architect and to work with communities in Detroit. I am also drawn to the idea of establishing a research-based architecture practice or even eventually pursuing a career in academia.

Additional advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective students?
Your voice holds immense value in architecture school, so don’t hesitate to use it. Whether you express your design concepts, advocate for guest speakers in the field, or actively contribute to the growth and impact of student organizations and events, your active participation shapes the college’s culture and community!