Portrait of Dean Massey

Jonathan Massey

Dean and Professor
Taubman College

Since March of this year, our world has been buffeted by near constant change and challenge, and like other institutions, Taubman College has faced adversity and obstacles. Yet the creativity, passion, and dedication of our students, faculty, and staff have kept Taubman College at the forefront in educating the next generation of leaders in the built environment. Today, I ask you to help us continue that work and meet today’s challenges with a gift to Taubman College.

Ever since the pandemic shut down our campus almost nine months ago, I have admired the resilience and ingenuity of our community at work. Our faculty worked tirelessly to adapt our world-class educational offerings to flexible modalities that can be delivered in-person, online, or in a hybrid model. Our Space & Planning Committee, chaired by Professor Craig Borum, mapped out a new vision for space utilization within our building, to promote social distancing, prioritize the use of specialized resources like our FABLab and woodshop, and minimize building density. Our staff developed new career-focused programming for alumni and students, built an entirely online orientation program for incoming students, and launched new digital issues of our alumni magazine, Portico. Innovative thinking is at the heart of everything we do at Taubman College, and you help fuel this inventive, creative culture.

Our students have been essential partners in this work. Students reexamined the studio experience through a distance-learning lens in our Studio Redux competition. In the Longo Competition, they focused on the intersection of design and urbanism, proposing adaptations to the University campus and city of Ann Arbor to promote public life throughout the pandemic. Our new Spatializing Digital Pedagogies grant program supported nine cross-college teams of students, faculty, and staff. Their projects include reimagining our annual fall visit to the city of Detroit as a virtual bus tour and developing a dedicated digital space for PhD students and faculty to hold video conferences and online workshops, among other outstanding projects that will support students and faculty in new forms of teaching and learning.

Even as they contribute at the highest levels to academic innovation, Taubman College students face an unprecedented increase in financial need. Across all our degree programs, many students are experiencing increased economic hardship as they pursue their education. They also confront a dearth of internships and an uncertain job market, along with the added costs associated with distance learning.

We want to do everything we can to provide our students with the resources they need to achieve their academic goals, and we cannot do this without your help. By making a gift to the Architecture and Urban Planning Fund today, you give our college more resources to meet these most pressing needs. Every gift provides more financial relief to our students, freeing them from higher levels of debt after graduation.

Throughout these past few months, I have been constantly reminded of the strength and generosity of our community. As we continue to confront the challenges created by the pandemic, please join me in investing in Taubman College and our next generation of leaders in the design and planning professions.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Massey
Dean and Professor

P.S. Your gift will have an immediate impact on our students facing increased need this year—please give today.

Ever since the pandemic shut down our campus almost nine months ago, I have admired the resilience and ingenuity of our community at work. Our faculty worked tirelessly to adapt our world-class educational offerings to flexible modalities that can be delivered in-person, online, or in a hybrid model. Our Space & Planning Committee, chaired by Professor Craig Borum, mapped out a new vision for space utilization within our building, to promote social distancing, prioritize the use of specialized resources like our FABLab and woodshop, and minimize building density. Our staff developed new career-focused programming for alumni and students, built an entirely online orientation program for incoming students, and launched new digital issues of our alumni magazine, Portico. Innovative thinking is at the heart of everything we do at Taubman College, and you help fuel this inventive, creative culture.

Our students have been essential partners in this work. Students reexamined the studio experience through a distance-learning lens in our Studio Redux competition. In the Longo Competition, they focused on the intersection of design and urbanism, proposing adaptations to the University campus and city of Ann Arbor to promote public life throughout the pandemic. Our new Spatializing Digital Pedagogies grant program supported nine cross-college teams of students, faculty, and staff. Their projects include reimagining our annual fall visit to the city of Detroit as a virtual bus tour and developing a dedicated digital space for PhD students and faculty to hold video conferences and online workshops, among other outstanding projects that will support students and faculty in new forms of teaching and learning.

Even as they contribute at the highest levels to academic innovation, Taubman College students face an unprecedented increase in financial need. Across all our degree programs, many students are experiencing increased economic hardship as they pursue their education. They also confront a dearth of internships and an uncertain job market, along with the added costs associated with distance learning.

We want to do everything we can to provide our students with the resources they need to achieve their academic goals, and we cannot do this without your help. By making a gift to the Architecture and Urban Planning Fund today, you give our college more resources to meet these most pressing needs. Every gift provides more financial relief to our students, freeing them from higher levels of debt after graduation.

Throughout these past few months, I have been constantly reminded of the strength and generosity of our community. As we continue to confront the challenges created by the pandemic, please join me in investing in Taubman College and our next generation of leaders in the design and planning professions.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Massey
Dean and Professor

P.S. Your gift will have an immediate impact on our students facing increased need this year—please give today.

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