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Career and Professional Development

Taubman College Career and Professional Development offers a variety of programs, services and resources to assist students and alumni in exploring careers, securing positions and continuing skill development and management.

Employers of Taubman College graduates include public, private, and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Taubman College Career and Professional Development offers a variety of programs, activities, and resources for student and alumni career growth and management. Students and alumni may make an appointment to meet one-on-one with staff to assist in exploring career options available with their degree, strategize how to identify and secure a job or internship, and improve their job search skills.



M. Lou Ecken Kidd
Director of Career & Professional Development

Room 2320
2000 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069
734.763.9560 (voicemail only during work-from-home)


Holly Naveh
Career Development Specialist

Room 2318
2000 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069
734.764.1301 (voicemail only during work-from-home)

Taubman College Students and Alumni Career Network

The Taubman College Career Network is a hub within the University Career Alumni Network (UCAN).  UCAN connects students to UM alumni from any program for career networking and advice; the Taubman College Career Network takes it one step further to also offer alumni-alumni connections, job postings and event management specific to our programs. Taubman College alumni and students may register by clicking the button below.

Click Here to Register

Career Outcomes

Click on the image below to view a PDF of the Employment Report.


Professional Organizations

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

American Planning Association (APA)

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)

Licensure for Architects

Typically, a minimum of three years of experience and a professional degree in architecture are required before one can take the licensing exam. In the United States, licensing of architects is the legal prerogative of individual state governments. Each jurisdiction sets its own requirements for initial registration, examination, and corporate practice. Due largely to the efforts of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), guidelines for license examination eligibility and the exam itself are fairly uniform from state to state. However, it is always advisable to check with the individual board to verify registration and practice requirements, as each jurisdiction may change its rules, statutes, and regulations at any time. A license is not required to work in an architectural firm; but to have ownership in a firm or to use the title Architect legally, licensing is mandatory.

View University of Michigan alumni pass rates of the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) here.

AXP/ARE Program

The Architecture eXperience Program(AXP) and Architecture Registration Exams (ARE) are administered by The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). The experience required for Michigan is currently 5,600 hours of training experience.

Certification for Urban Planners

The American Planning Association (APA) administers a certification for planners through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  The AICP certification process requires passing a comprehensive exam, acquiring a minimum threshold of professional experience, committing to continuing education and upholding the AICP Code of Ethics.

Students in the Taubman College Urban and Regional Planning Program, a Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) certified program, are eligible for the AICP Candidate Pilot Program. This program allows master students to take the AICP exam following graduation, rather than waiting until they have achieved the required two years of professional planning experience.  Upon passing the exam, a planner is considered an AICP Candidate until completing and verifying their professional experience. Some employers will pay for AICP certification and study materials; here is some information to support the certification.

The FAICP designation is for Fellows of the AICP, which is an honor bestowed to those members of the American Institute of Certified Planning with the highest levels of professional impact and service to the field. Two Taubman College faculty members, Professor Emeritus Robert Marans, and Professor June Thomas, have been inducted into the AICP College of Fellows.

University Career Services

University Career Services offers additional career services for all students at the University of Michigan, including the Handshake recruiting system.

Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Taubman College affirms the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion as we organize resources and priorities that align with our values. We seek to have a diverse group of persons at all levels of the college - students, faculty, staff and administrators - including persons of different race and ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and disability status. We strive to create a community of mutual respect and trust, a community in which all persons and their respective backgrounds, identities, and views are allowed to be made visible and communicated without the threat of bias, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination.

Career & Professional Development Core Values 

Career and Professional Development at Taubman College is committed to inclusive, antiracist practices and beliefs in all of our work with students, alumni, employers and colleagues. We will create and display the following values:

  • Collaborative, inclusive and authentic environment
  • The worth of diversity in professional thought, belief, path and practice 
  • Integrity, honesty, and accountability        
  • A personalized, flexible approach to professional development
  • Innovation grounded in reality
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