Portrait of Dean Massey Taubman College - Architecture and Urban Planning

Jonathan Massey

Dean and Professor
Taubman College

As we reach the halfway point of our fall semester, all of us at Taubman College feel a renewed sense of optimism. Students and faculty have returned to studios and classrooms, on- and off-campus alumni events have resumed, and campus teems with life once more. As we begin to emerge from the challenges of last year, it is clear that the need for future leaders in the built environment has never been greater. Today, I ask you to help us further our mission and meet tomorrow’s challenges with a gift to Taubman College.

Since the semester started, a palpable sense of renewed energy has spread throughout our building. We have resumed in-person teaching and learning for the majority of our courses, with a small number of exceptions to accommodate the needs of our international students who were unable to travel to the United States. It is gratifying to see studios, capstone classrooms, and hallways filled once more with conversation, and to resume many of the activities that are so important to our college community.

In January, we will welcome to campus our first student cohort in our new Bachelor of Science in Urban Technology Program. This first-of-its-kind degree will forge new ground at the intersection of technology, urbanism, and design through key cross-campus partnerships, and the thought leadership of several Taubman faculty and Bryan Boyer, our faculty director. Our undergraduate minor in real estate continues to grow in its second year, led by Marc Norman, our Director of Real Estate Initiatives. Launching these new programs amid the challenges of last year was no mean feat, and entailed countless hours of work from numerous Taubman faculty and staff. We are thrilled to add these two programs to our existing slate of outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture and urban planning.

Even as we resume many of our much-loved campus activities and launch new and exciting initiatives across Taubman, the impact of the pandemic still reverberates throughout our college community, especially within our student body. Many of our students continue to experience serious economic stress and hardship as they pursue their education. They face an uncertain, volatile job market and global economy. As we look to the future with hope and optimism, the need for financial support for our students is still great.

By making a gift to the Architecture and Urban Planning Annual Fund today, you play an essential role in our students’ success. Every gift we receive helps alleviate financial strains for our students, helping them focus on their education while on campus and graduate with less debt and greater opportunity. Last year, gifts to the Architecture and Urban Planning Annual Fund from alumni and friends provided scholarships to 19 students in need across the college, a testament to how vitally important your support is to our students.

Throughout this period of so much uncertainty, one thing has remained constant: the strength, generosity, and resilience of our Taubman College community. I am truly grateful to be a part of it, and I hope you will join me in investing in the future leaders of the design professions with a gift to Taubman College today.

Sincerely,

CAUP Massey Signature

Jonathan Massey
Dean and Professor

PS: Your gift will make an immediate impact on our college community—please give today.

Since the semester started, a palpable sense of renewed energy has spread throughout our building. We have resumed in-person teaching and learning for the majority of our courses, with a small number of exceptions to accommodate the needs of our international students who were unable to travel to the United States. It is gratifying to see studios, capstone classrooms, and hallways filled once more with conversation, and to resume many of the activities that are so important to our college community.

In January, we will welcome to campus our first student cohort in our new Bachelor of Science in Urban Technology Program. This first-of-its-kind degree will forge new ground at the intersection of technology, urbanism, and design through key cross-campus partnerships, and the thought leadership of several Taubman faculty and Bryan Boyer, our faculty director. Our undergraduate minor in real estate continues to grow in its second year, led by Marc Norman, our Director of Real Estate Initiatives. Launching these new programs amid the challenges of last year was no mean feat, and entailed countless hours of work from numerous Taubman faculty and staff. We are thrilled to add these two programs to our existing slate of outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture and urban planning.

Even as we resume many of our much-loved campus activities and launch new and exciting initiatives across Taubman, the impact of the pandemic still reverberates throughout our college community, especially within our student body. Many of our students continue to experience serious economic stress and hardship as they pursue their education. They face an uncertain, volatile job market and global economy. As we look to the future with hope and optimism, the need for financial support for our students is still great.

By making a gift to the Architecture and Urban Planning Annual Fund today, you play an essential role in our students’ success. Every gift we receive helps alleviate financial strains for our students, helping them focus on their education while on campus and graduate with less debt and greater opportunity. Last year, gifts to the Architecture and Urban Planning Annual Fund from alumni and friends provided scholarships to 19 students in need across the college, a testament to how vitally important your support is to our students.

Throughout this period of so much uncertainty, one thing has remained constant: the strength, generosity, and resilience of our Taubman College community. I am truly grateful to be a part of it, and I hope you will join me in investing in the future leaders of the design professions with a gift to Taubman College today.

Sincerely,

CAUP Massey Signature

Jonathan Massey
Dean and Professor

PS: Your gift will make an immediate impact on our college community—please give today.

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