Message from the Dean

Stephen P. Vogel

Nautilus, Summer 2002 issue


Stephen P. Vogel, M.Arch, AIA teaches design and the Degree Project Seminar. He is a licensed architect with extensive experience in urban design, adaptive reuse, historic rehabilitation and multi-family, mixed housing communities, and is a principal and partner in his firm. He is past president of the American Institute of Architects, Detroit Chapter and Michigan Chapter. He was inducted into the College of Fellows of the AIA in 1994 and received the AIA Detroit Gold Medal in 1996, among other awards. He holds B.Arch and M.Arch degrees from the University of Detroit.


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Reinvesting in the School

Every year at this time, it's hard to believe that another year has passed. Our graduation reception and show on May 11, attended by more than 100 people, reminded me that this is the beginning of my ninth year as dean. Time flies when so much is happening. The year was highlighted by a wonderful accreditation visit, another generous gift from Warren Loranger that will allow us to begin the next phase of renovation, and a national award from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Some of you have been asking me how the University's Prioritization Process has affected the School of Architecture. The process was initiated by the University to restructure itself to be more efficient and to create a vision for the University as its moves forward. The process confirms what all School of Architecture alumni already know: We have a top quality, vital program that is an important component of the mix of programs offered by the University. The process identified our program to receive additional support through targeted marketing for expanded enrollment. Now that space in the Loranger Building is more efficiently utilized for the School, we intend to increase enrollment by approximately 30 students over the next several years. Targeted marketing will occur not only in Michigan, but also through increased activity on the East Coast. We will be contacting alumni in various cities to help with student recruitment through phone calls, offering firm visits and meeting with potential students from the same city.

The Prioritization Process also praised the School for its self-assessment efforts, some of which are accomplished by alumni through the "mock team rooms."

I had the good fortune of seeing a number of you at the UDM/LTU/AIA Michigan reception in Charlotte, N.C., during the annual AIA Convention. It was good to hear that our alumni from all over the country are hiring our graduates and are pleased by the high quality of our students. John Reuter (AR '70) reported that his office in Charleston, S.C. has three alumni working there. Next year the convention is in San Diego, and I hope you will plan to attend the UDM reception there.

Have a good summer. I encourage you to visit the School sometime soon.

Stephen P. Vogel
Dean, School of Architecture