Dean’s Office & Program Support
Contact Information: 734.763.1300 | Room 2150 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Deans and Program Chairs provide leadership for the school. Support Staff for the Dean’s and Program Chairs provide support for leadership, strategic and operational functions. Both groups provide reception functions and can link community members to College services and employment opportunities. Support is also provided for Business Data reporting and data collection assistance.
Dean and Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning
Office: 2150 | 734-764-1315
Associate Dean for Research and Creative Practice and Associate Professor of Architecture
Office: 2150 | 734-834-9385
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
Chair and Professor of Architecture
Office: 2150 | 734-936-0221
Chair and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
Office: 2150 | 734-763-1114
Assistant Dean for Administration
Office: 2150 | 734-936-0222
The Assistant Dean for Administration advises the dean on matters of strategic planning and oversees the efficient and effective operations of the finance, facilities, information technology support, research, shops, and student services functions of the College. She serves as liaison to the central administration on related matters.
B.B.A. Eastern Michigan University - Accounting
M.A. - Eastern Michigan University - Education
P.h. D. - a.b.d. Eastern Michigan University - Education Leadership
Assistant to the Assistant Dean for Administration
Courtney has five years of experience in executive support, including three years at U-M. She comes to us from UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, where she supported two Associate Deans and fostered staff engagement as an MHealthy Champion. Before joining the university, she worked as a campaign manager for Michigan state house candidates. Courtney earned her bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing a master’s in public administration from UM-Dearborn.
Research + Creative Practice Program Manager
Laura has been working as a Lecturer in the College, and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in architecture and urban design. She also brings experience working as an Architectural and Urban Designer at PORT Urbanism, a design consultancy based in Chicago, where she worked on the design and administration of numerous public realm projects, involving multiple community groups and stakeholders. Prior to that, she also worked on several large-scale projects at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Benoy in London, DP Architects in Singapore, and Snøhetta in San Francisco. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Architecture from the University of Sheffield, and a Master of Architecture (with High Distinction) from the University of Michigan.
Chief of Staff
Office: 2150 | 734-764-1315
As the Chief of Staff, Ann works with the dean, leadership team, and faculty on issues related to administration, faculty governance, human resources, and organizational strategy and planning. With almost 20 years of experience at the University of Michigan, Ann has worked in a variety of positions including event planning (Rackham Graduate School), alumni outreach and engagement (Alumni Association), non-degree and degree program management (Ross School of Business), and faculty affairs (School of Nursing). She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and is currently pursuing her Master of Higher Education Administration, both at the University of Michigan.
Laura J. Brown
Office: 2150 | 734-936-0221
Seated between the Chairs of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning, Laura's role is to assist them with their calendars. In this role she is often able assist faculty, staff and students either in meeting with the chair of their program, or frequently directing them to specific resource at can assist them immediately. Prior to joining the University Laura worked for 17 years in nonprofit volunteer coordination in agencies such as Food Gatherers and the American Red Cross. Laura holds a B.A from Albion College.
Joana Dos Santos
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist/DEI Implementation Lead
Office: 2324 | 734-763-7116
Joana started her 15-year career as a community organizer who fought for comprehensive immigration reform, organizing and facilitating peaceful demonstrations and civil disobedience in Washington D.C. and Massachusetts. She also organized parents and students of color in fighting for equitable access to education. Previously, Joana served as the executive director of a Latinx community center in Central Massachusetts, where she was instrumental in establishing the organization as the only organization explicitly advancing racial justice as a part of its mission in the region, oversaw expansion of community organizing and engagement programming, and established the only immigrants rights organizing group in the region. In addition, Joana developed partnerships with city officials and partners to make the region more inclusive through cultural programming and changing city policies, practices and procedures to be welcoming to marginalized communities, particularly immigrants. Additionally, she chaired and served on several boards where she built coalitions among government, healthcare, community organizations, public safety, and NGOs to advance socially equitable policies. Joana attended Fitchburg State University earning a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master's degree in applied communication.