To effect change, architects and urban designers must understand the nature of the human problem in its environmental context, have knowledge of the techniques and technology of building, and possess the intellectual and aesthetic skills necessary for a creative synthesis of that information into meaningful and expressive design solutions.
As a result of momentous and rapid change in society, the planning, design, construction, and management of the built environment all demand an immensely varied range of skills. Design professionals, along with their associates in business, law, government, and the social and natural sciences are needed to foster a richly diverse and humane environment.
Employment opportunities for architectural and urban design graduates have increased in number and diversity. The skills and talents of these professionals are required in practice, research, industry, education, and government. Within any of these areas, the architect's participation can range in scale from the design of building components and systems to urban design; while the specific task might include design development, materials research, administration, construction supervision, and consultation.
The architecture program at Taubman College recognize the multiplicity and changing nature of future roles open to the architect and urban designer. Whatever the exact nature of these roles might be, the programs are designed to prepare students to perceive the ordered relationship of people and their environment and to translate this order into design for the enrichment of human experience.