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Craig Hudson

“The studio culture at Taubman is rich; I cannot describe the unique joy and fulfillment which comes with finally getting to meet and work with others who are as passionate as you are.”

Hometown

Lowell, MI United States

Current Location

Ann Arbor, MI United States

Degree Program(s)

B.S. Architecture

Expected Graduation Date

2024

Academic Areas of Interest

Architecture, Sociology, Art

Hobbies or interests outside of academia

Woodturning, Hiking, Singing

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

I had heard from practicing architects that Michigan had an excellent program. When I visited I was shocked by the tools and resources available to students. Taubman had not only top of the line woodworking equipment, but also a large array of other facilities for every medium I could imagine. Furthermore, the values of the college and the courses provided were aligned with my personal goals. I didn’t want to study for 5 years and be an architect, I wanted to study for however long it was going to take to become so much more than an architect.

What is special or excites you about the Taubman community?

The community here is diverse in so many ways; I get to know and work with students from backgrounds, perspectives and identities that are very different from my own. While we are different in many ways, the shared dedication and passion for architecture – whatever that word may mean to you – brings us together.

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

The studio culture at Taubman is rich; I cannot describe the unique joy and fulfillment which comes with finally getting to meet and work with others who are as passionate as you are. The relationship between peers is symbiotic: we critique each other’s work to help eachother grow as designers and as people. The bonds formed in the studio are central to success; without each other’s help no one would succeed.

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

The professors and GSI’s are amazing. They genuinely care about the wellbeing and academic success of students and it shows in their classrooms and curriculums. The class sizes are small enough where you are able to receive large amounts of personal feedback both during and outside of class. During my time at taubman I have reached out to numerous professors and graduate student instructors for help regarding personal projects and independent studies: I have never been told no.

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

The peer mentorship program was specifically helpful to me my first year. My mentor helped me develop the time management and professional skills I needed to manage my course load. I also meet with the advising every semester and discuss my current trajectory within the curriculum which helps we know I am on track to graduate.

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

I have personally benefited from the many avenues to pursue research that attending the university brings. Last year, I was able to conduct an independent study under my research advisor Alexander Ramsey: he was the GSI for my first year writing requirement. He saw my passion for issues of space and power and took me under his wing. This experience was profoundly impactful through both the skills I gained and the institutional recognition I received from the Pamela J MacKintosh and Mark Chesler awards. This year I am very excited to be participating in a FEAST project with Cynthia Pachikara.

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

In Ann Arbor there are always people doing things: cool things. This may sound silly and somewhat obvious but I promise that once you live here you will know what I mean. Personally, I enjoy the art and activism scene: especially the overlap between the two. There are always new exhibits popping up in the UMMA, concerts around Ann Arbor, and scholars/activists holding events.

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

Visit the college and go to the commons. A great way to see the real priorities of the colleges you are looking at is to analyze the way they’re arranging their spaces. Look at the courses you will be offered and read about the professors which teach them. Ask yourself what you want in your education and see if Taubman – or the university – has it.

What are your plans after graduation?

The beauty is I’m not entirely sure yet, but I have a ton of open doors. I do know, however, that I would like to further pursue my research and education in grad school. I would also like to practice as an architect for some time. I am considering becoming a professor as well, I enjoy sharing what I am passionate about with others.

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

Life is short and you’ve got diem to carpe. Too many people think they know what they are capable of and limit themselves to that. Use the application process as a means to better understand what makes you special; use the portfolio as an excuse to finish that ambitious project you’ve been meaning to. If you have read this far then you are probably very passionate about what you do: make sure you communicate that in your application.