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Dean’s Office & Program Support

Contact Information: 734.763.1300 | Room 2150

The deans and program chairs provide leadership for the school. Support staff for the deans 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.

Jonathan Massey
Dean and Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning

Office: 2150  | 734-764-1362
drjrm@umich.edu

 


 

Anya Sirota
Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives and Associate Professor of Architecture

Office: 2150  |  
asirota@umich.edu

 


 

Jacob Comerci
Academic Innovation Project Manager and Lecturer in Architecture

comerci@umich.edu
 

As Academic Innovation Project Manager, Jacob works closely with associate dean Anya Sirota in developing, expanding and promoting academic initiatives across the college, university and beyond.  Current and previous projects managed include the four summer 2020 student competitions, Taubman Public Design Corps, ArcPrep Online, Spatializing Digital Pedagogies, Sonic Scenographies, Design Futures, and the Computational Design and Social Impact Design certificates.
 


 

McLain Clutter
Chair and Associate Professor of Architecture

Office: 2150  |  734-936-0221
mclainc@umich.edu

 


 

Irene Hwang
Assistant Chair and Lecturer of Architecture

Office: 3322  |  734-615-7344
ihwang@umich.edu

 


 

Larissa Larsen
Chair and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

Office: 2344  |  734-936-0234
larissal@umich.edu

 


 

Ann Luke
Chief of Staff

Office: 2150  |  734-764-1315
akolk@umich.edu

 

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 her Master of Higher Education Administration, both at the University of Michigan.

 


 

Nicole Watson
Assistant to the Dean

Office: 2150  |  734-764-5708
nmwatson@umich.edu

 

As the Assistant to the Dean, Nicole works directly with Dean Jonathan Massey to manage the daily operations and special projects within the Dean's Office. She brings over thirteen years of executive administrative support experience to this role from U-M's School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the Ross School of Business. Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in Sociology from Arizona State University.

 


 

Gabriel Harp
Director of Research and Creative Practice Development

gharp@umich.edu
 

 

Gabriel oversees research development activities within the college to support new research initiatives; assist in developing new research opportunities and strategic partnerships; and work directly with faculty, staff, and external partners to build capacity and administer the research and creative practice enterprise. Gabriel’s background includes a mix of skills and organizational experience — from leading foresight-driven design research to helping launch a next-generation infrastructures think-tank in Bangalore to creating climate change communications and helping to build a clean energy start-up. Gabriel is also a co-founder of CoClimate, an artist-led think tank whose work has been featured by the Science Gallery Dublin, WHO/Climate and Clean Air Coalition, ICLEI Cities Pavilion at COP21, and Le Musée de l'Homme, Paris. Gabriel holds a B.A. and M.A. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from Indiana University and an M.F.A. in Art & Design from the University of Michigan.

 

Kathy Velikov
Associate Dean for Research and Creative Practice Development

kvelikov@umich.edu
 

As associate dean, Velikov will enhance research across the architecture and urban and regional planning programs to generate knowledge and creative work that challenges and enriches the future. She will work with faculty to continue to catalyze research and creative practice initiatives that encompass the breadth and range of the college. Velikov has a broad range of interdisciplinary and collaborative research interests that engage with critical questions of design across matter, technology, and spatial practices. Her work in responsive building envelopes, urban and social infrastructures, and territories of the Anthropocene cultivates environmentally conscious thinking and practices within society. 

 


 

Laura J. Brown
Programs Assistant

Office: 2150  |  734-936-0221
laurajbr@umich.edu

 

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
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Office: 2150 |  734-647-2772
joanads@umich.edu

 

As Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Joana (pronounced SHO-AH-NA) is responsible for organizational policy and cultural change. In their role, Joana oversees the development and implementation of the college’s DEI strategic plan. In addition, Joana works with students, faculty, and staff to understand how to use their positions of privilege and influence to advance DEI and racial equity values. Previously, Joana served as Executive Director of a Latinx community center in Massachusetts, where they institutionalized racial equity values in the organization’s mission and vision and restructured programming and evaluations to align with these values. As a coalition builder, Joana chaired multisectoral committees and developed partnerships with museums, universities, governments, non-profits, hospitals, and more to make the region more inclusive through cultural programming, increasing access to public transportation, and changing city policies to be welcoming to oppressed communities. Joana attended Fitchburg State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Science in Applied Communication.

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