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Programs
Bachelor of Science in Architecture


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/ Recent Taubman Graduate

Kallista Sayer

Studio culture is by far my favorite part of the major. Unlike many majors, architecture encourages a sense of community amongst the cohorts. Studio is the place where you are able to bounce ideas off one another; there is so much to learn from so many talented people.

Hometown
Three Rivers, MI, United States

Degree Program(s)
B.S. Architecture

Expected Graduation Date
April 2024

Academic Areas of Interest
Architecture, Universal design, Sustainability

Hobbies or interests outside of academia
Crafting, Traveling, Thrifting

Why did you choose Taubman College as the right program for you?
Truthfully I was completely committed to a different program, but when I received my acceptance letter to Taubman College, I couldn’t say no. The reputation and prestige of the University was too good to turn down. The school offered so many research opportunities, advancements in technology, and creative outlets I knew it would be a good fit.

What is special or excites you about the Taubman community?
The Taubman community is so creative and always looking to better itself. The community is very dedicated to the DEI program and holds weekly/monthly meetings that allow students to voice any concerns. In my experience, the school truly listens and will attempt to enact the change that students want to see.

If applicable, tell us about studio culture – what is inspiring or innovative or unique?
Studio culture is by far my favorite part of the major. Unlike many majors, architecture encourages a sense of community amongst the cohorts. Studio is the place where you are able to bounce ideas off one another; there is so much to learn from so many talented people. I couldn’t imagine a better environment to learn in.

Describe your experience with faculty and professional staff during your time at Taubman?
Generally, faculty and professional staff treat students as equals. They are extremely approachable, push you to do your best work, and encourage you to dig into new ideas. Since class sizes are often small, professors are able to give ample amounts of individual feedback.

How has Taubman’s career and professional development support prepared you for a successful career in your chosen field?
Taubman’s career and professional development team wants you to succeed. There are so many opportunities for students to learn how to curate a resume/portfolio as well as networking events and platforms.

What benefits have you experienced being part of the University of Michigan?
The most valuable thing I have learned from the University of Michigan is that you can truly do anything you put your mind to. Want to start a club or business? Do it. Have a research project in mind? Apply for an independent study. This university is always encouraging students to lead the way for new ideas. Here you can be a part of the change you want to see.

What do you like most about being part of the Ann Arbor community?
Coming from a small town, I love the diverse community of Ann Arbor that works together to create a welcoming space. There is also so much pride in the school and the students by the members of the community.

What advice would you give prospective students as they consider Taubman College?
Tour the University and spend some time in the Taubman commons; it is the best way to see if the environment is a good fit for you. Also, talk to the students while you are there. We all love the chance to show people what we are working on and encourage everyone to experience the studio culture for a moment.

What are your plans after graduation?
Honestly, I’m not sure yet. I plan to go to grad school to get my master’s and license, but after that, the world is my oyster. Studio and a multitude of other courses have taught me that there are so many paths that you can go down when it comes to architecture.

Additional advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective students?
Take every chance you are given. Taubman offers so many opportunities for students including speaker events, symposiums, studio reviews, and social events. There is always something going on, and each layer is an important part of the Taubman community.