Zoe Dubil headshot

Master of Architecture


/ Recent Taubman Graduate

Zoe Dubil

The community at Taubman is so special – your peers and professors are always here to support you. Learning with people that come from vastly different backgrounds than yourself who share the same passions as you is such a rewarding experience.

Philadelphia, PA, United States

Degree Program(s)
M.Arch 2G

Expected Graduation Date

Academic Areas of Interest
Architecture, Sustainability, Representation

Hobbies or interests outside of academia
Drumming, Drawing, Running

Why did you choose Taubman College as the right program for you?
The University of Michigan’s architecture program is one of the best in the country that offers such a vast amount of resources. It is understood that architecture is such a diverse field, so they provide opportunities for graduate students to explore their own specific interests. It was clear that Taubman College had such great support systems to help you understand what your options were during school and after graduation.

What is special or excites you about the Taubman community?
The community at Taubman is so special – your peers and professors are always here to support you. Learning with people that come from vastly different backgrounds than yourself who share the same passions as you is such a rewarding experience. The connections I have made at Taubman thus far inspire me to pursue my dreams within the architecture field, and keep me excited about the things I am most enthusiastic about.

If applicable, tell us about studio culture – what is inspiring or innovative or unique?
The studio culture at Taubman is one that is so collaborative, yet still focused on individual growth. You get to work alongside people with similar interests, but also those who have experience in other areas that are always open to help out or provide insight. I am always learning in studio, not just from my professors, but from my peers as well. You spend most of your time with them, so never be shy to use them as a resource if you want to learn more about something!

Describe your experience with faculty and professional staff during your time at Taubman?
The teaching teams at Taubman are always there to help you when you need it. With every class comes with a set of Graduate Student Instructors (GSI’s) who provide a unique experience for their fellow peers. The faculty comes from very different backgrounds, so you will always find someone who has similar interests as you, or you’ll start discovering new passions that have been inspired by your professors.

How has Taubman’s career and professional development support prepared you for a successful career in your chosen field?
The Taubman College Career Network provides so many resources for students; whether you are looking to connect with alumni or trying to find an internship, the staff is there to help you every step of the way. Career Fairs are hosted each semester, and every spring break you have the opportunity to be involved in an externship with a firm of your choice in the city of your choice. The staff will always work with you to provide the opportunities you are most interested in to best prepare you for your next steps after graduation.

What benefits have you experienced being part of the University of Michigan?
The University of Michigan is such a large university that provides so many opportunities for students. There is always at least one club or organization that will fit your interests. The chance to work with faculty members, help teach a class, or be a mentor for other students are all things that help enhance the community here.

What do you like most about being part of the Ann Arbor community?
The community in Ann Arbor is so passionate about the University of Michigan – people always get so excited to find out you study here! Taking a break from architecture school (something we all need every once in a while) and exploring the community can be so fun. There are many super cute places to eat, art exhibits to explore, and concerts to go to!

What advice would you give prospective students as they consider Taubman College?
Keep asking the questions you need to figure out if Taubman is the right fit for you. The more you speak with current students, the better understanding you will have of the wonderful community we have here. Researching professors who have similar interests you wish to pursue, learning about classes you can take, and the career opportunities you have here will give you the answers you need, even if you have yet to tour the school.

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I hope to work for an architecture firm that heavily focuses on sustainability practices as I continue my path toward licensure. Architecture is a very diverse field, so I am open to exploring anything related to my interests; pursuing research, teaching, and maybe even writing a book one day are all goals that would be dreams to achieve one day.

Additional advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective students?
Stay true to yourself – whether it be throughout the application process or throughout your career. Only you know what is best for you, so surround yourself with the people, resources, and opportunities to get you to where you want to be one day. Be open to the chances you are given in this profession, and keep working towards your goals. As long as you are trying your best and continuing to do things you are excited about, you will succeed in the ways you wish. Above all, keep prioritizing your mental health and your sleep – nothing is more important than taking care of yourself along the way.