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/ Recent Taubman Graduate

Alvin Poon

“Studio culture involves being side by side with peers, which is amazing because of the diverse skill-sets and view-points you can learn from.”

Hometown

Toronto Canada

Current Location

Ann Arbor, MI United States

Degree Program(s)

B.S. Architecture

Expected Graduation Date

2024

Academic Areas of Interest

Architecture, Urban Planning & Design, Art History

Hobbies or interests outside of academia

Fencing, Backpacking, Reading

Why did you choose Taubman College as the right program for you?

I chose Taubman because I really enjoyed the flexibility that the structure of the program allowed me. I wanted to take my time as an undergraduate student to explore my interests outside of architecture. Since the undergrad program at Taubman College places a heavy emphasis on acquiring a diverse knowledge set beyond architecture, this program was perfect match for me.

What is special or excites you about the Taubman community?

There is a diverse faculty here that have varying interests which reflect in the course material, teaching style, and their research. I would suggest taking a look at the research+practice page on the Taubman site to get a brief glimpse. Likewise, there is a diverse student body here coming from various countries, and having different kinds of interests and skills. I get so excited in hearing the different things that my classmates have done or are interested in.

If applicable, tell us about studio culture – what is inspiring or innovative or unique?

Studio culture is unique in that the process of learning involves the physical act of making. I find its a more engaging way to learn than lectures (although I also love lectures). Studio culture involves being side by side with peers, which is amazing because of the diverse skill-sets and view-points you can learn from. It’s also just such great fun making things with others.

Describe your experience with faculty and professional staff during your time at Taubman?

Faculty and staff are absolutely fantastic. The professors are all unique and incredible at pushing the class towards new ideas and pulling out nuanced ideas; Taubman professors remain some of my favorite professors in all of UM. Additionally, career and academic advising staff are very responsive, kind, and patient when dealing with all my questions.

How has Taubman’s career and professional development support prepared you for a successful career in your chosen field?

Career and professional development is superb here. They organize so many workshops and networking events, as well compile info on job opportunities, scholarships and programs into easily accessible locations.

What benefits have you experienced being part of the University of Michigan?

I think one of the biggest benefits is the amount of things to do outside the classroom. For instance, in Taubman, there are so many speakers and symposiums that cover emerging ideas about the built environment. There are also so many clubs at UM, including within Taubman, which provide another opportunity to expand or find interests,

What do you like most about being part of the Ann Arbor community?

I enjoy really enjoy the liveliness of the Ann Arbor community. It’s a small city with a big town feel because of the UM varsity games, diverse people, music shows, and the food.

What advice would you give prospective students as they consider Taubman College?

My advice is to take advantage of all the things that happen at Taubman. Every week there’s an email about the events at Taubman, do not delete that email. You’ll find that there’s always speakers coming in and talking about all kinds of fascinating topics. There are opportunities to engage with students from other years, free lunch opportunities, networking events and so, so much more.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to either work in an architecture firm immediately after, or go straight to grad school to pursue an M.Arch degree.

Additional advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective students?

Good luck with applications!