Letter from Dean Stephen Vogel
Another eventful year has passed and they seem to be just rolling by – a function of age perhaps? The highlight of the year was certainly the Annual Alumni Event which drew over 150 alumni to reminisce with former professors John Loss, Bob Tucker and Nick Chatas. Alumni came from as far as Denver, Chicago and Cleveland to attend. Some, who have not been back since graduation, were amazed at the changes that have taken place in the building which featured the completion of the latest phase of construction. The “buzz” was great, and I left two and one half hours after the announced ending of the festivities and there were still a score of people hanging around. The success of the event is owed to the energy and hard work of the Alumni Council, which has had a particularly active year under the leadership of President Steve Sussman '79. Of particular interest to the attendees was the display of Master's Studio projects which featured the high quality of work being produced in the new master’s program.
Another highlight of the year was the final talk of the lecture series which featured Billie Tsien. The lecture was standing-room-only with over 200 people in attendance including many alumni and members of the professional community to see her projects from around the world. This series is now in its eighth year and is funded by the Great Lakes Fabricators and Erectors Association, Dichotomy magazine and a host of local architectural firms.
Speaking of funding, we continue to need money to finish the building, support the Design Center and provide much cherished scholarships for our students. For over 40 years the School of Architecture has been committed to excellence in scholarship and service. We hope you will take this opportunity to build on this tradition by making a gift in support of the School. To do so, please contact our Development Director Enid Grauer, at 313-993-1548, or you may give online at the UDM Giving web page. Be sure to designate your gift for the School of Architecture.
For those of you who were not able to make the Alumni Event, stop by this summer and see what is happening at the School.
Stephen Vogel, FAIA