The Planning and Architecture Research Group (PARG) is an organization created by and for the doctoral students at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Our main purpose is to enhance the social and academic experiences of research students in the college. We seek to foster a sense of community among planning and architecture students and to sustain an exchange of ideas within and between our disciplines, with a primary focus on issues related to the built environment. We organize forums for sharing research across disciplines as well as casual social events. We also use the group as a platform from which to approach administrators and outside groups with our aspirations and concerns as a student body. We are best known for our Emerging Voices speaker series, which has brought more than a dozen outstanding scholars to campus since its inception in 2009. We also organize periodic doctoral student conferences.
About TCAUP at the University of Michigan
The Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (TCAUP) seeks to improve the human condition through thoughtful design and planning for the built environment. Its academic programs prepare graduates for positions of responsibility within a wide spectrum of professions, organizations, and institutions that shape the built environment at scales ranging from the local to the global. TCAUP conducts innovative design and policy research and serves the community, the state, the nation, and the world through outreach and partnerships.
In pursuit of these ideals for over 100 years, TCAUP offers students from the state, the country, and around the globe a complement of disciplinary and interdisciplinary degree programs ranging from pre-professional to post-professional to Ph.D. Its committed and energetic faculty, staff and students form a diverse, creative, and collaborative community within the University of Michigan, one of the world’s largest research universities.
Doctoral Programs at TCAUP
The Doctoral Program in Architecture was one of only four such programs in the United States when it was established in 1968. Since that date, the program has continued to evolve in response to changes in the discipline and the profession. Studies currently underway at Michigan testify to rapidly shifting disciplinary boundaries and increasingly global outlooks in the field overall but particularly in areas in which our faculty are strong, such as global modernism, media practices in architecture, space syntax, structural modeling, envelope design, and urban history. Click here to see research interests of current students in the program.
The PhD Program in Urban and Regional Planning, created as a university-wide degree in 1968, integrates analytical methods, research design, a rigorous understanding of urbanization dynamics, and an examination of broader social processes and policies. Since its inception the university has granted more than 180 degrees in Urban and Regional Planning. Click here to see research interests of current students in the program.