Spring Travel Courses


Taubman College students have opportunities to study culture and design while traveling within the United States and abroad. The three-credit spring travel courses are available to undergraduate and graduate architecture students during the spring or summer half-term. These travel courses are an essential part of Taubman College’s course offerings, allowing students to visit other countries and cities while gaining access to facilities, groups, and individuals that might otherwise be inaccessible to them.

The college has established partnerships and faculty exchanges with other architecture programs worldwide to promote a global cross-cultural exchange. Courses are selected, organized, and directed by individual faculty members interested in a particular country, region, or city. This diversity of interests leads to travel opportunities not just to the traditional locations of Europe but to the villages and global cities of the developing world and provides each group of students with exciting and unique educational, research, and service opportunities.

Participating Taubman College students receive $1,500 in support for international travel and $1,000 for domestic travel. Financial aid and need-based funding are also available. More than a quarter of the students enroll in travel courses during their studies.

“Traveling to Hong Kong, Hanoi, and Manila exposed me to an unimaginable collection of intense interactions between the human, architecture, and the city. We can read, discuss, and study images of these urban conditions remotely, but it is not until you step foot into these spaces that you really internalize the amazingly diverse ways in which human life operates within built space.”

— Henry Peters B.S.’ 18

/ Travel Course Offerings

Taubman Travel - 2017


  • Non-Extractive – Zurich, Switzerland, with Gabriel Cuellar
  • Rotterdam Think Tank – Rotterdam, Netherlands + Antwerp, Belgium, with Łukasz Stanek
  • Peripheral Urbanisms in the Americas – Detroit + São Paulo, Brazil, with María Arquero de Alarcón
  • Fascist Rome – Rome, Italy, with Anna Mascorella
  • India Craft Futures – New Delhi, India, with Ayaz Basrai
  • The Future of Commuting – Paris, France, with Clement Blanchet


  • Exhibition Workshop: The Gift of Architecture – Lukasz Stanek
  • Improper Japan – Adam Miller & Leah Wulfman
  • Transforming the Built Environment – Matthew Claudel
  • Fascist Rome: Manipulating History – Anna Mascorella


  • Living Structures: Urban, Rural, and Natural Environments on the Pacific Coast – Peter De Yi
  • Mexico City – Yojairo Lomeli


  • Chile with Liz Gálvez
  • Italy with Brittany Utting and Daniel Jacobs
  • Mexico and Cuba with Laida Aguirre
  • Netherlands, Germany, and Russia with Peter Yi
  • United States with Jeffrey Halstead


  • Australia and New Zealand with Neal Robinson
  • Georgia, Armenia, and Ukraine with Ashley Bigham
  • Germany and USA (Detroit, Cleveland, and Chicago) with Maria Arquero de Alarcon and Claudia Wigger
  • Germany, Switzerland, and France with Viola Ago
  • Japan with Peter Halquist
  • Mexico City with Yojairo Lomeli
  • Morocco, Algeria, and France with Brittany Utting
  • Portugal, Spain, Morocco, France, and Italy with Dawn Gilpin
  • Venice, Milan, Vienna, Prague and Berlin with Laida Aguirre
  • Paris, Geneva, and Venice with Sandra Manninger and Matias del Campo
  • Sri Lanka with Jono Sturt and Laura Anne Wong
  • New Mexico with Sarah Rovang
  • USA: Indiana, Tennessee, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, and California with Jeff Halstead


  • Mexico and Cuba with Dawn Gilpin and Yojairo Lomeli
  • Japan with Peter Halquist
  • Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, and Austria with Erik Herrmann
  • New Zealand and Australia with Neal Robinson
  • Rio de Janeiro and Detroit with Anya Sirota and Anne Choike


Canceled due to travel restrictions from the global pandemic.


  • Italy with Neal Robinson
  • Japan with Tsz Yan Ng
  • Eastern Europe with Ashley Bigham
  • Spain with Ana Morcillo Pallarés
  • Hong Kong, Philippines, and Vietnam with Cyrus Peñarroyo

Taubman Travel - 2016

“Being able to experience the architecture in Italy that I’ve studied in history is invaluable. I was able to learn from the masters through observing and touching the real thing.”

— Aimee Wolf B.S.’ 16, M.Arch.

Taubman Travel - 2015

To get a more of a visual impression of what these courses are like, view images from our travel courses on social media. Please check out #taubmantravel on Instagram.


  • Brazil with Mitch McEwen
  • Turkey with Kathy Velikov
  • Singapore and Hong Kong with Claudia Wigger
  • France with Clément Blanchet
  • Mumbai with Mary-Ann Ray
  • Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark with Peter MacKeith
  • Thailand with François Roche


  • Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland with Peter MacKeith
  • Italy, Albania, Croatia, and California with Christian Stayner
  • Ecuador with Ana María Durán Calisto
  • Ghana with James Chaffers
  • Taiwan with Thomas Moran and Rosalyne Shieh
  • Europe (The Path of Khan) with Claire Zimmerman


  • Beijing with Mary-Ann Ray, Robert Mangurian, Robert Adams, and Zhang Fang
  • Europe and USA with Teman Evans and Jennifer Harmon
  • Ghana with James Chaffers
  • Spain, Gibraltar (U.K), Morocco with Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy
  • Thailand and Indonesia with Etienne Turpin and Meredith Miller
  • Vietnam and Singapore with Claudia Wigger


  • Indonesia with Etienne Turpin and Meredith Miller
  • Paris, Rome, and Athens with Dawn Gilpin and Joss Kiely
  • Ghana with James Chaffers
  • Africa and Spain with Irene Hwang
  • Manaus/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with McLain Clutter


  • China with Mary-Ann Ray, Robert Mangurian, and Robert Adams
  • France / Spain with Ellen Donnelly
  • Iceland and Scandinavia with Orri Gunnarsson
  • Netherlands with David Eugin Moon
  • Paris: Meta Friche with Anya Sirota and Steven Christensen


  • Florence with Neal Robinson
  • Barcelona with Ellie Abrons and Adam Fure
  • Beijing with Mary-Ann Ray
  • Camino de Santiago with Ellen Donnelly
  • France with Anya Sirota and Steven Christensen
  • Iceland with Orri Gunnarsson
  • Japan with Catie Newell
  • Rome with Stephanie Pilat
  • Taiwan with Thomas Moran  and  Rosalyne Shieh
  • Washington DC with Christopher B. Leinberger


  • Florence with Neal Robinson
  • Beijing with Mary-Ann Ray
  • Senegal with Coleman Jordan
  • Barcelona with Craig Borum
  • Argentina with Gerardo Caballero/Juan Rois
  • Holland with Malcolm McCullough
  • Iceland with Orri Gunnarsson
  • Berlin with Lars Graebner


  • Brazil with Fernando Lara
  • Beijing with Mary-Ann Ray
  • Ghana with James Chaffers
  • Iceland with Jonathan Levine and Orri Gunnarsson
  • Japan with Blaine Brownell
  • Paris and Rome with Dawn Gilpin

Prior to entering the University of Michigan the only cities I had visited in my 22 years of life were San Diego and Cancun. After entering the University of Michigan in just 2 years I had visited Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Essen, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Paris, Caen, and Barcelona. I have been so fortunate.”.

– Jonathan Hanna,
B.S. ’15 and MUD ’16

/ U-M International Center

Visit the U-M International Center website for information on additional travel opportunities available to students of Taubman College.