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The Planning and Architecture Research Group (P+ARG) is an organization created by and for doctoral students at Taubman College. Our primary purpose is to enhance the academic and social experiences of research students in the college. We seek to foster a sense of community and sustain an exchange of ideas among planning and architecture students and others interested in issues of the built environment. We organize casual social events, conversation forums, and workshops for sharing research across disciplines, through which students get a chance to improve their scholarship and receive constructive feedback from their peers. The group has also served as a platform to approach institutional leaders and administrators with our aspirations and concerns as a student body.

Past Conferences

2023: Phygital Frameworks
Architecture, Technology, Human, & Non-Human Society

2023: Egalitarian Metropolis
Bus tour of Detroit with Rich Feldman (James and Grace Lee Boggs Center) and Stephen Ward (University of Michigan)

2020: Utopia vs. the City
Keynote: Saskia Sassen (Columbia University) and Rodolphe El-Khoury (University of Miami)

2018: Networks of Power and Knowledge
Keynote: Kazys Varnelis

2016: Rule & Form: Confronting the Spatial Transactions and Logistics of Capital
Keynote: Reinhold Martin

Keynote: Panos Leventis (Lecture video)

2011: The Lean Years
Keynote: Ellen Dunham Jones

Emerging Voices

In addition to our conferences, we are best known for our Emerging Voices series, which has brought many outstanding scholars to campus since its inception in 2009.

Viral Solitude

We have recently produced Viral Solitude, an e-zine showcasing creative reflection from across the college.

Co-Coordinators (2022 - 2023)

  • Myles Zhang
  • Leigh House
  • Timothy Berke
  • Eda Bozkurt


Email mylesz@umich.edu and archdocsonly@umich.edu for more information about involvement.

P+ARG is a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop open to individuals studying the built environment and urbanism at the University of Michigan.

Plan Your Future
Housing, Community, and Economic Development
Land Use and Environmental Planning
Physical Planning and Design
Transportation Planning
Global and Comparative Planning