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Bachelor of Science in Architecture


/ Architecture Student

Thivya Prakash

Studio culture is arguably the best thing about architecture school.

Toronto, Canada

Degree Program(s)
B.S. Architecture

Expected Graduation Date

Academic Areas of Interest
Architecture, Urban Studies

Hobbies or interests outside of academia
Tennis, travel, writing

Why did you choose Taubman College as the right program for you?
I chose Taubman because of its international presence, diversity, and alumni network. Professors and students alike have varying educational and geographical backgrounds, and Taubman becomes a melting pot of these experiences. The new structure of studios fosters creative experimentation under an architectural way of thinking while still allowing students to choose what they learn.

What is special or excites you about the Taubman community?
The community is very tight-knit, within the school and alumni as well. There are always opportunities to push yourself creatively and personally through studio projects and college-wide opportunities.

If applicable, tell us about studio culture – what is inspiring or innovative or unique?
Studio culture is arguably the best thing about architecture school. It is a way to bond and learn with fellow classmates and build the best friendships. You have a default support system. It is always motivating to work alongside your friends, and it is so rewarding to experience the creative journeys with each other.

Describe your experience with faculty and professional staff during your time at Taubman?
Taubman staff have justified my choosing this school. Each instructor has unique skills and ways of teaching that have only broadened my own knowledge and abilities. You can see the passion with which they teach, and you can always count on them for help because they genuinely want every student to succeed.

How has Taubman’s career and professional development support prepared you for a successful career in your chosen field?
The team runs various events throughout the year, which have taught me about creating a professional presence and introduced me to university resources. The career fair has helped me plan for future internships, and the peer mentor program introduced me to an amazing mentor who helped me in and out of the studio.

What benefits have you experienced being part of the University of Michigan?
Recently, I took part in “Practice Sessions”, a design workshop with visiting professors, which educated me about the different ways the architecture world collides with other industries. I have also attended chats with field specialists and AIA panels, and completed design competitions through different clubs on campus.

What do you like most about being part of the Ann Arbor community?
It is so easy to feel at home on campus. People are nice, and despite the large population of the university, it still feels intimate. There are always things to do, with lots of sports games, restaurants, and outdoor spaces, so you’ll never really be bored!

What advice would you give prospective students as they consider Taubman College?
Keep tabs on things going on around the college. Walk around the studio spaces, attend speaker and social events, get to know people around the building. There is always some fun, eye-opening thing going on, and you are bound to enjoy and get something out of it.

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to pursue a Master of Architecture, in either the US or Europe, on the way to licensure.

Additional advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective students?
Enjoy the process! If you can’t wait, peruse the different studio modules or clubs you are interested in. Really take time to let your application/portfolio be a true representation of who you are, and give yourself space to reflect and grow (even when it gets intense!)