Table of Contents:

What is the AAB? 
How to get to the AAB 
Applying to the College of Architecture 
Contact the CAUP 
University Acronyms 
Books you should own
Materials List 
Where to Get Stuff 
Professional & Architecture Exposure 
Extra Curricular
Sleep Tips
Stuff you should know!
MIRLYN and the Avery Index
Websites to check out:
You Might Be An Arch Major If..
Class Evaluations

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What is the AAB?

The Art and Architecture Building (AAB or A&AB) is located at 2000 Bonisteel Blvd., North University of Michigan Campus. As its name suggests, the College of Art and Design and the College of Architecture and Urban Planning have most of their classrooms and offices here (Most of the Urban Planning spaces are still on Central Campus). Needless to say, that if you are interested in entering the Architecture Program here at Michigan, you will know this building by heart.

The AAB is more than a regular Classroom building. It houses a fully equipped Copy Center, a courtyard (complete with volleyball net), Vending Machines, Pay Phones, Multiple Computing Sites, and oh yes, the 3rd floor contains the hailed Studios.

The top floor of the AAB houses the primary living space of the Architecture Student. Its North and South Strips are populated by the Undergraduate Program Students and the Faculty Offices, and the East and West ends house the Graduate Studios. If you get lost, just ask someone where you need to go. Everyone is generally friendly to strangers, because of the mass amount of time spent in the building, leaving no time to meet no people. Just kidding!

The Copy Center is open from 8AM to 7PM Monday through Friday. It houses multiple self-serve copy machines, and provides a number of services for all paying customers. A certain number of supplies are available, just ask at the counter, along with any printing or copying that you may need done, the Copy Center Employees can really help.

The courtyard is a favorite site among the majority of the students. It provides a place to get some fresh air, display sculptural work, to play friendly games of volleyball or catch, or to simply bask out in the sun (when the sun permits, of course), all without leaving the building!

The Vending Machines are located on the first floor, parking lot side. In the Vending area, there are machines to get coffee, soda and juice, as well as snacks and sandwiches, along with a community microwave to heat up popcorn or soups.

Pay phones are located near the Pierpont Commons exit door, the vending machine/parking lot , and there are two located on the third floor Studio space, one at the east and west ends. Campus phones can be found in the vicinity of the pay phones, also.

The Computing sites are scattered throughout the building. There is at least one on each floor! The first floor computing site is mainly for use by School of Art students, the 2nd Floor ITD Computing Site used to be the Architecture Library. There are two computing areas on the 3rd floor, one at the east end and one at the west end. Most of the sites are populated with half Apple Computers and the other half PC Computers.

How to get to the AAB

The easiest way to get to the AAB from Central Campus is to take a University Bus (Bursley Baits, or North Campus Route) from CC.Little to the Pierpont Commons and cross Bonisteel. If you are driving from central, just follow the bus. Or, from the Michigan Union, follow these directions:

Take South University to Washtenaw Avenue

Turn left onto Washtenaw Ave.

Curve right after you pass Wilmot (Liquor Store will then be on left side)

Straight through 2 stop lights

Curve left at light

Turn right at next light onto Fuller Road

Go Straight through one stop light, pass hospital on right

Straight through another stop light, pass parking lot and Mitchell Field on right

Turn left at next light onto Bonisteel Blvd.

At the stop sign, the AAB will be on right and Pierpont Commons will be on left

To return to Union:

Take Bonisteel back to Fuller

Turn right onto Fuller Rd

Go straight through two stoplights until you have to turn at the Power Center

Turn Right and immediately make a left onto Fletcher St. that passes between the Power Center and Rackham

Turn left at the stop sign at the end of Fletcher (Chemistry Building) and you will be on North University

Turn right at stop sign onto Church St. across from CC Little Bus stop

Turn right at next stop sign onto South University

The Union is at the end of South University

Applying to the College of Architecture

As an undergraduate interested in Michigan’s Architecture Program, you must first spend at least two years in another College, usually Literature, Science and the Arts. There is a pamphlet that lists the specific requirements for admission and you should follow the suggested classes for the easiest Admission to the CAUP. The CLASS section of this Manual lists the suggested classes.

Applications can be picked up in January from the Main Office in the AAB. These should be filled out during your Sophomore year, after you have received grades from the previous term. The application is self-explanatory, but be sure to take a few extra copies of the application in case you make a mistake.

The portfolio portion of the application is optional, but highly recommended. This is a perfect opportunity to show off your work and to use another tool to guarantee your admittance to the program because if you have an excellent portfolio and decent grades, you will most definitely get in! You should be collecting work to put in your portfolio constantly, be sure to reduce large-scale drawings to at least 8.5x11 size and keep the originals in a safe place. There will be portfolio workshops prior to the March deadline but be sure to have your work all together before Spring Break because you probably will not have time to work on it until Break. The portfolio is usually due right after Spring Break, so use your vacation wisely!

If you have any questions regarding the Application process, be sure to ask an Alpha Rho Chi Member or a CAUP Student that has already gone through the process.


Following acceptance to the CAUP Program, a special Orientation will be held at the beginning of Fall term, prior to the First Day of class. A schedule and time/place will be mailed to you. It is usually held in the AAB Lecture Hall and they cover the material list, studio tours and miscellaneous information that you should know before you start class.

Contact the CAUP


Douglas S. Kelbaugh

Assistant to the Dean

Mary Anne Drew

Associate Dean for Research

James C. Snyder

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

A. Melissa Harris

Budget & Personnel Manager

Linda M. Mills

Director of Communications

Maureen Perdomo

Assistant Editor

Esther Eppele

Development & Alumni Relations

Janice Harvey

Administrative Support

Marlene R. Greene


Kathleen Conrad 



Jonathon Levine

Program Secretary UTEP

Dixie L. Farquharson

Outreach Coordinator

Diane B. Hartley

Business Office


Sandra M. Patton

Emily Wang

Office Assistant

Linda Klatt

Computing Support


Bill Manspeaker
Pager: 509-0847

Computer System Specialist

Kris Fazzari
Pager: 509-1126

Computer System Specialist

Rob Richmond
Pager: 509-0811

   Architecture Program 

Brian Carter

Program Secretary

Sallie Kne

College Recorder/Registrar

Beverly J. Brockman

Student Services Coordinator

Dottie Watkins

Doctoral Program in Architecture


Emmanuel-George Vakaló

Program Secretary

Jean L. Ellis

Urban and Regional Planning Program


Margaret E. Dewar

Program Secretary

Patricia L. Dunlap

Media Union


Rebecca Price-Wilkin

Facilities Management


Helen Hoskins
Pager: 509-0846

Team Leader

Linda Hagood

North Campus Zone Maintenance

Robert Pollina

Copy Center


Brenda L. Snyder

Senior Duplicator Operator

Kenneth Thomas

Financial Clerk

Gina Scott Groth

Duplicator Operator

David Grove


Required Classes
If you want your first degree in Architecture, you are in the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Architecture Program
and you should take these classes, starting in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA):
Note that the History of Architecture Courses are strongly recommended to be take prior to Year 3.
Year 1(Freshman)

English 124 (or 125, or Seminar/Introduction to Composition) 4credits
Math 115 (Analytical Geometry/Calculus) 4 credits
Studio Art (Your Choice, Art 115, etc.) 3 credits
Elective (Your Choice, Foreign Language, etc.) 4 credits
15 credits

Studio Art (Your Choice, Arch 202, Arch 218, etc.) 3 credits
Arch 212 (Understanding Architecture) 3 credits
Elective (Your Choice) 3 credits
Elective (Your Choice) 3 credits
Elective (Your Choice) 3 credits
15 credits

Year 2 (Sophomore)
Physics 125 4 credits
Physics Lab 127 1 credit
Arch 313 (History of Architecture I) 3 credits
Studio Art (Your Choice) 3 credits
Elective ( Your Choice, CS181, etc.) 4 credits
15 credits

Winter (you apply to the CAUP now):
Physics 126 4 credits
Physics Lab 128 1 credit
Arch 323 (History of Architecture II) 3 credits
Elective (Your Choice) 4 credits
Elective (Your Choice) 3 credits
15 credits

Year 3 (Junior)
Arch 312 Design Studio I 6 credits
Arch 316 Design Fundamentals I 3 credits
Arch 317 Construction I 3 credits
Elective (History if not taken, CAD, etc.) 3 credits
15 credits

Arch 322 Design Studio II 6 credits
Arch 326 Design Fundamentals II 3 credits
Arch 315 Environmental Technology I 3 credits
Elective (see above) 3 credits
15 credits

Year 4 (Senior)
Arch 432 Design Studio III 6 credits
Arch 314 Structures I 3 credits
Arch 425 Environmental Technology II 3 credits
Elective (see above) 3 credits
15 credits

Arch 442 Design Studio IV 6 credits
Arch 324 Structures II 3 credits
Arch 427 Construction II 3 credits
Elective (see above) 3 credits
15 credits

B.S. Requirements: 50 credits; 45 in Architecture

All YR1 & YR2 Requirements
D or Better in All Classes, C Average Overall for Degree

Other Registration Information:
201 BASIC DRAWING 3 Credit(s) TTH 130-430PM 2216 A&AB
202 GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS 3 Credit(s) TTH 8-11 420 West Hall
218 VISUAL STUDIES 3 Credit(s) TTH 2-5PM 420 West Hall
312 ARCH DESIGN I 6 (STUDIO) Credit(s) Prereqs: YR 3 MWF 130-530PM 3100A&AB
313 HISTORY ARCH I 3 Credit(s) Prereqs: SOPH.STD. TTH 1130-1230PM 2104 A&AB with Discussion Sections

Some Suggested Electives:
RC Courses, First Year Seminars, Cultural Anthropology, Religion, CAD, Foreign Language, Urban Planning, Ceramics, Fibers, etc…


How to Register for Classes

Make sure you have all your classes written on paper.
Include the Division (ARCH is 005), Course and Section Numbers along with the Credit Number.
You might want to write down the Time and Day along with the Instructor so that all the information is on one sheet.

CRISP is the automated telephone registration system.
The "CRISP lady" can be your best friend or your worst enemy.
If you are prepared, registration will go smooth, if not, it may be a few years before you complete registration (just kidding!).
As an Architecture Student, you are guaranteed a place in the required classes, you just have to make sure you fulfill all your other distribution requirements.

Don’t rush and be sure to be patient with the system.
Rarely will you come across something without an explanation and if you cannot seem to register for a class that you know you are qualified for,
be sure to contact the Professor or Program Director with your problem.
Don’t wait, the sooner they know there is a problem, the better the chance of you getting in.

If step 2 (below) does not work, try a different touch tone phone (no more pulse!).
CRISP is available from 7AM to 12 midnight, 7 days a week.

1. Call CRISP on campus dial 81881

local off campus dial 998-1881

long distance dial 1-734-998-1881

2. Press 1 when prompted

3. Enter your student ID number

4. Enter your birthday as six numbers (MM-DD-YY)

5. Pick a 4 digit number you can remember for your access code and enter it in

6. Repeat your 4 digit number – Remember this number!

7. Enter "1" for registration transactions

8. Follow the rest of the prompts



What to do when an architecture critic presents you with negative remarks:

1. Blowfish. Puff out your cheeks and point your fingers out around your face, like dangerous spikes.

2. Pre-emptive abuse. Slap your head violently and mutter "stupid, stupid, stupid, I should have thought of that."

3. Misunderstand the criticism. Reply "Yo mamma."

4. Defense in numbers. Consult with your invisible friend, and then tell him to be quiet and speak later.

5. Alienation. Suddenly lose all english communication skills. Continue presenting seriously, in complete gibberish.

6. Throw down the gauntlet. Gesture aggressively toward the jury and yell,
"Ya wanna go? Ya wanna step outside?" For a hockey motif, bear hug a critic and try to pull his or her shirt up over the head.
This renders your opponent both blind and prone to your punches.

7. Bunker. Hide behind the nearest chair of pinup board.

8. Narcolepsy. Fall to the ground fast asleep, or, if this is inconvenient, gently lean back against the pinup board and doze off.

9. Camouflage. Prepare in advance and dress in a color similar to the site model or surrounding furniture.
Then, in your moment of crisis, stay very still and make no sound.

10. Postmodern simulation. Leaf through your sketchbook and then look up and say,
"I'm sorry, that's not in the script. What page are you on?

11. Distraction. Motion to a location behind the jury and point out the submarine that's lurking in the distance.
Timed correctly, this defense will earn you sufficient time to disappear mysteriously.

12. Good humor. Laugh boisterously and acknowledge the critic's witty joke.
Then, smiling, proceed to ask for more serious remarks. Continue to giggle at random intervals.

13. Tight scheduling. Immediately look at your watch, gather up your things, and leave the room apologizing for a previously scheduled appointment.

14. Sexual tension. Drop into a sultry tone and ask, "what are you doing after this is over?"

15. Lower the standards. Avoid standard terms like "plan," "section," or "elevation."
For section, say, "This is what it would look like if you sliced the wall off and looked at it from really,
really far away with a zoom lens. In black and white." Instead of "plan" use "strategy" until they correct you.

16. Regression. Cover your ears and start yelling, "La, La, La, La, La, La...."

17. Determination. Point at any part of your drawing over and over again insisting
"But that's right here. Right here. It's right here. You’re just not getting it. It's right here."

18. Quiet. Make the "shhhh" sound and look up into the distance.
After a pause, ask, "Do you hear that?" Keep this up until everyone has forgotten the criticism.

19. Mystical/supernatural. Make your head spin around. Vomit pea soup.

20. Macarthy approach. Counter all questions with "Are you a communist?"

21. Jive. Answer in Ebonics. End response with "dig?"

22. Islamic. Ask, "Is it three o'clock?" Then spread your prayer mat on the floor and begin praying.

23. Hassidic. Say, "interesting question. Let us consult the Talmud."

24. Power of suggestion. Wink at the critic and repeat over and over: "You love it. Come on. You loooove it..."

25. Bribery. Say nothing and hand the critic a cookie.

26. Condescension. Look the critic dead in the eye and say "Well, well, look at Mr. Fancy Pants..."

27. Gastronomic. Grab your stomach and run. Add: "gotta go potty"

28. Euro-advertising. Say nothing. Whip out a roll of Mentos, smile at the critic, and freeze.

29. The Jim Henson. Wear a hand puppet. Have puppet answer all questions.
If a particularly negative criticism comes up, sag the puppet's head and say "critic make Doinkie feel BAD."

30. The scarface. Dump a mound of cocaine on the site model. Kneel and bury your face in it.

31. Infantile. Substitute the word "smurfy" at key points in your defense.

32. Sociopath: Scream, "Why don't they leave me alone with my dreams?"

33. The John-Wayne. Insist on speaking in a Texas accent. Swagger.
Refer to the critic as "Pardner". If the critic asks you a question you can't answer, make your hand look like a pistol and yell "pow"


When you're buried in studio work, you may not get a chance to go home and cook yourself a nice warm meal. But don't fret! Just pick up the phone and call one of the friendly food distributors. They are just waiting to cook you a meal and bring it to your door. Here is a list of the great places that love to give you food:

Nikko's 741-0075 ($5 pickup, $6 delivery)

NYPD 669-6973 *Best pizza in town, if you have the money

Dominoes 761-1111

Jet's 662-JETS

Little Caesar's 665-8621 West Stadium/Pauline 971-0933 Packard/Platt

Hungry Howie's 994-5464

Bell's 995-0232

Cottage Inn 995-9101 North Campus 769-5555 Central Campus

Pizza House 995-5095


Lucky Kitchen 747-9968

Oriental Express 668-2744

Dinersty 998-0008

San Fu 668-4787

Jimmy John's 913-9200 *Very fast delivery

Mr. Spots 747-7769

Tios 761-6650

Takeout Express

These are all great places to get food. 
And if you like to save a couple bucks, pick up a Michigan Money $aver Coupon book.
Coupons for all of these restaurants can usually be found inside.



University Acronyms

AAB, A&AB, A&A – Art and Architecture Building

BURSLEY, BURLODGE – North Campus Residence Hall with Cafeteria

BELL TOWER, SHAFT – North Campus Tower

BS – Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture

CAD, ACAD – Computer Aided Design, AutoCAD is a popular computer aided design program

CAEN- Computer Aided Engineer Network

CAUP – College of Architecture and Urban Planning

CHRYSLER – Chrysler Center, located across the street from the AAB, next to Pierpont Commons

DPS – Department of Public Safety – 647-4066

EECS- Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Building

GSD – Harvard University - Graduate School of Design

IDP – Intern Development Program – you’ll need to be a part of this if you want to get licensed

ITD – Information Technology Division – operates most of the computing sites

MA – Master’s of Architecture – you’ll get this degree following Graduate School

MU – Media Union, huge library on North Campus, attached to Pierpont Commons

NCRB – North Campus Recreation Building – located behind Bursley

PIERPONT – The North Campus Commons, like the Michigan Union -notice there's no "point" in Pierpont
Books you should own

Architectural Graphic Standards - Student Edition
AIA Ramsey/Sleeper

Theory and Design in the Machine Age
Reyner Banham

Jorges Luis Borges

Invisible Cities
Italo Calvino

Architectural Graphics
Francis Ching

A Visual Dictionary of Architecture
Francis Ching

Architecture: Form, Space, and Order
Francis Ching

Privacy and Publicity
Beatrice Colomina

 Judith Dupre

The Powers of Ten (film and book)
Ray & Charles Eames

The Projective Cast
Robin Evans

Architects on Architecture
Paul Heyer

S, M, L, XL
Rem Koolhaus

Towards a New Architecture
Le Corbusier

Why Buildings Stand Up
Mario Salvadori

On Growth and Form
Darcy Thompson


Materials List

Stuff you should have for PY1:

30x42 smooth surface illustration board
to be used as a drafting surface

24" T-square

10" Adjustable Triangle

8" 45 degree Triangle

2 Lead Holders

Lead Pointer

Drawing Lead/Graphite: 4H, 2H, H, B,2B

12" Architectural Scale


Dry Erase Pad

Drafting Brush

Masking Tape/ Drafting Dots

24" Roll of Trace paper

Compass & Divider

Sanding Pad

9x12 Sketchbook

Lock for desk

Items that you will probably have to get soon

Xacto Blades: TONS

Utility Knife

Palm Sander

Hammer, Screwdrivers

Vellum Roll

Rotating Tool

Circle Templates


12" Metric Scale

12" Engineering Scale

Where to Get Stuff

Drafting Supplies
Barnes & Noble
North Campus Commons
m-th 8:30-6 fri 8:30-4

Art Attack
731 W. Cross, Ypsi
m-th 9-6 fri 9-5 
sat 11-6

Michigan Book & Supply
317 S. State Street
m-f 9-6 sat 9:30-5 sun12-5

Office Max
Ann Arbor Saline Rd.
m-f 8-9 sat 9-9
sun 11-6

549 E. University
m-f 9-6 sat9:30-5 sun12-5

Rider's Hobby Shop
115 W. Liberty
m-f  10-8 sat  10-6
4035 Carpenter Rd. Ypsi
m-f 10-8 sat 10-6
sun 12-5

Hosford Meale
1204 N. Main
m-f 8:30-5

Ypsi Hobby Shop
409 N. Prospect. Ypsi
m-f 1-8 sat 10-6

Lee Wards
2723 Oak Valley Dr.
m-f 9-9 sat-sun 12-6

Franks Nursery & Crafts
155 Maple, AA
m-sat 9-9 sun 10-6
3590 Washtenaw
m-f 9-9 sat 9-8 
sun 11-6

O'Leary Paints
2460W. Stadium Blvd
m 8-5:30 tu-f 8-6
sat 9-3 

Copy Center
AAB 2nd Floor
m-f 8:30-6
N. Campus Commons
m-th 9-6 fri 9-4

617 S. Fifth
m, f 8-5:30 
t, w, th 8-8 sat 8-4:30 sun 9-3

Carpenter Brothers
2753 Plymouth
m-f 8-8, sat 9-6
sun 11-5

Builders Square
2840 Washtenaw, Ypsi
m-sat 7-10 sun 9-6

213 W. Liberty
m-sat 8-5:30 

Stadium Hardware
2177 W. Stadium Blv
m-sat 8-8:30 sun 11-5

Armstrong Lumber
M-59 off of US-23 in Highland

Home Depot
39825 Ford Rd. Canton Twp.
m-th 6-10 f 6-11
sat 6-10 sun 8-7

Ace Hardware
3352 Washtenaw 
m-sat 8-8:30
2105 W Stadium Blvd
m-sat 8-8:30 sun 11-5

3825 Carpenter Rd. Ypsi
3145 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.

B+B Heartwoods
Whitmore Lake
m-f 7:30-5:30

Jackson Brothers
7685 Whitmore Lake
m-fri 8-5 sat 8-1

4663 Woodward Ave., Detroit
(313) 833-9616
m-f 9-6 sat 9:30-6
OR for Catalog
1-800-367-DRAW (3729) m-f  8-6 EST

15 E. Kirby, Detroit
(Kirby & Woodward, N of DTW)
m-sat 9-6 

222 N Woodward, Royal Oak
(810) 546-2880
m-th 9-9 fri-sat 9-6 sun 12-5

Ann Arbor Plastics
2289 S. State
m-w, f 9-5:30 th 9-8

Friendman's Scrap 
1110 Broadway
Yard - 915 Maiden Ln
m-f 7:30-4 
sat 7:30-11

The Scrap Box
521 State Circle
tu, sat 10-2 thurs 2-6

612 E. Liberty
m-sat 9-10 sun 11-6

Shaman Drum
313 S. State St.
m-f 10-8 sat-sun 12-5

219 Main St.
m-sat 10-10 sun 12-8

Wooden Spoon
200 Fourth St.
m,t,th 9:30-4 
w, fri 9:30-6
sat 7:30-5 sun 11-5

Dawn Treader
514 E. Liberty
m-sat 10-9 sun 1-6

2607 Plymouth
m-sun 8-11

Praire Avenue
711 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-8311

2471 W. Stadium Blv
m-f 8-7 sat 9-6 

Focus Photo
2558W. Stadium Blvd
m-th 8-7 f-sat 9-6

Kresge III (Med. Campus)
m-f 7:30-5:30
N. Campus Commons
m-f 11-2

University Photo Services
LS&A Bldg. Basement
m-f 8-12 1-4:30

Ivory Photo
606 South Main Street
m-f 9-6 sat 9-12

Ritz Camera   1 hour
Briarwood Mall
m-sat 10-9 sun 11-6
2755 Plymouth Rd.
m-f  9-7 sat  9-6
sun 12-5
318 S. State
m-f   9-7 sat 10-6

540 E. Liberty
514 Washtenaw, Ypsi
1220 S. University
2609 Plymouth Road

310 E. Washington
m-f 8:30-5 sat 10-3

All Print
1671 Plymouth
m-f 8:30-8 sat 11-4

American Speedy Printing
209 N. Main
m-f 8:30-6

Professional & Architecture Exposure

The Main office holds multiple resources for the CAUP student.
Job listings, interview setups and other items that prepare the student for architecture work are all available for the asking.
Beverly Brockman (Registrar) and Mary Anne Drew (Secretary to Dean) are valuable resources to those that are interested in doing more than just the coursework.
Be sure to stop in and introduce yourself and ask as many questions as you need to find the information that you are looking for.
If they don’t have the info, they will direct you to someone that does.

Lectures are a common event that should be scheduled into your itinerary.
They are generally held in the AAB Lecture Hall or across the street in the Chrysler Auditorium at 6PM or 7PM.
You should attend as many of these as possible as they will be helpful to be used as examples in the future.
Come early if you want a decent seat, the lecture halls fill quickly about 10 minutes before the lecture.

There are a few student organizations that focus on the Professional aspects of architecture.

The American Institute of Architectural Students (AIAS) is an organization devoted to the student perspective of architecture.

Alpha Rho Chi (APX) is the Professional Co-educational Fraternity of Architecture and the Allied Arts.
APX is the professional student organization the focuses on: site visits, office visits, job searching with a mix of a social atmosphere.
It has an extremely large Alumni base and finding friends with similar interests is not as easy as it seems.

The Organization of African American Students in Art, Architecture and Planning (OAP) also has a division at the CAUP.


There are four options you have for living at Michigan,
dorms, house/apartment, coop, or commute.

There are three main dorms on North Campus. These are Bursley, Baits and Northwoods.
The most favorable is Bursley because it has an excellent cafeteria and it’s only a 5-minute walk to the AAB.
Baits has a little bit longer walk and no cafeteria (you have to stop by Bursley on your way over if you want food) but it has a much quieter atmosphere and an older population.

If you are living in a house or apartment, you are probably around Central Campus and will have the privilege to ride the Michigan Buses
(see the transportation section in this Guide).
You can also choose to live in Student Co-opportunity Housing where you share a house with a few others and are expected to do various jobs over the course of the year.

And finally, if you have a place out of town, or away from the bus routes, you will probably have to commute everyday to class.
See the transportation section of this Guide for more information regarding parking and other issues.

Extra Curricular

There are plenty of activities to do at Michigan, you should make it a habit to get involved with events that are valuable living experiences.
Habitat for Humanity is a great opportunity to volunteer and get building experience.
The CAUP has an intramural hockey team in the winter that usually plays late night at Yost Arena,
as well as a soccer team and more recently, a broom ball team.
Remember to support your studio partners with their endeavors and cheer them on with your T-squares! 

Sleeping tips

Set a schedule-go to bed and get up at the same time every day

Exercise-20-30 minutes a day is recommended, although not within 5 hours before bedtime

Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol-
Caffeine keeps you awake, it can be found in coffee, chocolate, soft drinks, non-herbal teas, diet drugs, and pain relievers
Nicotine causes you to sleep lightly and wake up earlier due to nicotine withdrawal
Alcohol may make you feel sleepy, but it deprives you of deep sleep

Relax before bed-train yourself the associate restful activities with sleep

Sleep with the sun-sunlight helps reset your biological clock

Don't lie in bed awake-get up and do something else, don't frustrate yourself

Control your room temperature-extreme temps can disrupt sleep

See a doctor if your problem continues-if your symptoms are extreme, you may have a more serious problem


As a college student, an architecture one especially, sleep is often neglected.
However the National Institute of Health claims that sleep is just as important as food and water.
In studies on laboratory rats, their life spans were reduced from 3 years to 3 weeks when they were deprived of sleep.
There have been no studies done on studio rats.
Sleeping gives neurons in your brain a chance to rebuild energy and get rid of cellular byproducts that may pollute them.
Lack of sleep impairs such functions as the immune system, nervous system, concentration, memory, physical performance, and mathematical abilities.
Extreme deprivation can lead to paranoia and hallucinations as well as agitation and hyperactivity.
Sleeping is therefore good for your health, grades, and relationships.

Once you go to sleep, there are 5 stages you go through.
The first is light sleep, which is when muscle activity slows down and you drift to sleep. A person in this stage can be awakened easily.
This is also the stage in which that strange sensation of falling occurs and you jerk yourself awake, causing your books to fall and everyone in the classroom to stare at you.
The stopping of eye movements and slowing of brain waves characterize the next stage.
The third and forth stages are called deep sleep. The brain emits very slow delta waves, and there are no eye movements or muscle activities.
People woken in this state are groggy and confused.
It is a good time to hit them up for money or ask them to borrow things because they are not likely to be aware of what is going on and they may not remember it later.
Finally REM sleep occurs. This has nothing to do with the musical group; rather it means rapid eye movement.
During REM breathing becomes rapid and irregular, eyes jerk, limbs are temporarily paralyzed, and heart rate and blood pressure increase.
This is the stage in which dreaming occurs, and it stimulates the brain regions used in learning.
It takes approximately 90-110 minutes for the entire cycle to occur, and then it starts over again at stage one.
Unfortunately this time period is longer than the average lecture, so the snoozing you do in class is not as refreshing as an entire night.

Most people need about 7-8 hours of sleep to be in peak condition, however these numbers vary from person to person.
Getting too little sleep many nights in a row creates what is called a "sleep debt" which has to be paid back.
Your body cannot be trained to function on less amounts of sleep.
You may adapt to a sleep deficient schedule, but you will suffer the consequences mentioned above.

How can you tell if you are getting enough sleep?
Well, if you feel drowsy at any point during the day, even during the most boring slide show,
or if you can fall asleep within five minutes after your head hits the pillow (or a soft text book), you are not getting enough sleep.

Our bodies are controlled by biological clocks which regulate our circadian rhythms,
or characteristics that occur during the day (when we feel hungry, have to use the bathroom, etc.).
Chemicals in the brain are the regulators of these processes. External cues can trigger the release of these chemicals (kind of like Pavlov's dog).
Daylight, or lack of it, can cause us to become sleepy. When our circadian rhythms become disrupted, an effect similar to jet lag occurs.
This jet lag syndrome is common with people who work at night, such as many architecture students.
This can cause heart problems, digestive disturbances and emotional and mental problems, as well as an increase in accidents.

Some ways to combat this disruption is to work under bright lights in order to trick your body into thinking it's daytime, and to take scheduled naps.

If you should have extreme problems sleeping or staying awake, you may have a more serious sleeping disorder.
Some common sleeping problems are insomnia (trouble falling asleep), sleep apnea (stoppage of breathing while asleep),
restless legs syndrome (crawly, tingly feeling in your legs), and narcolepsy (falling asleep randomly during the day).
If any of these are happening to you, consult a doctor.

Stuff you should know!

Charette – from the French word "cart" because in the old days, when a project was due,
you had to put your drawings on a cart. Now used to mean a project assigned and due in a short time, usually less than 24 hours.

Portfolios are never finished

You can always get into the AAB after hours if you wait long enough

Coffee is your friend

Try not to have a black wardrobe

Have fun!

Try not to ride the vomit comet (last bus to Central Campus at 2AM)

PowerPoint, PageMaker, PhotoShop, WORD, EXCEL, Telnet, Netscape

Models are not and never will be cheap

The Bentley Historical Library is located on Beal Ave. on North Campus for all University of Michigan Historical needs,
just walk down Bonisteel (away from the Commons and AAB) and take a right onto Beal, the Bentley is on your left.
You will need to fill out some forms and leave your bags and jackets in the coat room.
You must also leave your ID and let them get the materials that you need.

The Slusser is the larger gallery on the ground floor of the AAB. You should stop by often to enlighten your mind!
The College Gallery is the smaller space next to the lecture hall on the second floor of the AAB.

Kinko’s can save your life, 24hrs a day! 2609 Plymouth Rd. 996-0050



Procrastination is my sin,
It causes me much sorrow.
To end this sin I must begin,
In fact I'll start tomorrow.


A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes that he is lost. He reduces altitude and spots a man below on the ground.
" Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?" the balloonists shouts.
The man below replies, " You're in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field."
"You must be a engineer, " says the balloonist.
"I am," replies the man on the ground, "but how did you know?"
"Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but of no use whatsoever."
The man reflects for a moment, then says, "You must be a architect."
"I am," replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?"
"Well, " says the man, " you don't know where you are,
or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help.
You're in the same situation you were in before we met, but now it's my fault."


The AAB and the Media Union are well equipped with PCs and Macs for your use as a student.
Be warned that during Finals week it may be difficult to get a computer but somewhere,
there is one just waiting with your name on it! You should know that the network may go down,
but the system operators are on the job to get it back up and working as fast as possible.
Be understanding and realize that you’re not the only one that has to get something done.

The rules for taking an unattended computer are as follows:

1. If the computer screen saver is on for more than 10 minutes, you have the option to save whatever work is on the machine and use it,
but be sure to save the work first!

2. If a computer is left unattended and the program is rendering or working on a detailed model, please do not tamper with the computer, just find another.

3. As you move into "crunch time" it will become ever more necessary for students to respect each other's right to work.
This means not leaving unattended work on a computer AND not shutting off EVERYTHING that you see left unattended.
The simplest way to accommodate everyone is to LEAVE A NOTE, not just a coat or a notebook at an unattended computer.
4. Save your work before leaving the computer for any reason.
You should save your work often anyway, but when you get up to go do something is an especially good time to save.
You never know: you could happen to meet an instructor or another student in the hallway, have a minor emergency suddenly come up,
or otherwise get delayed, and not make it back to the machine in a timely manner.

5. If you do need to take over a machine where someone had been working, be kind to them. SAVE THEIR WORK UNDER A NEW NAME,
preferably whatever name they used, with a 'B' appended to the end of the name, or some other easily-recognized variant.
Don't assume they saved their work before they left, and don't assume they deserve to lose unsaved work.
Use a slightly different file name, because they may have been working from a prototype drawing or paper that they don't want overwritten,
or they may have even left to seek help about how to fix a mistake.

6. If the person comes back while you are still working, let them copy any data files they need. It only takes a moment.

7. There's sometimes a need to commandeer an idle machine; just be considerate about it.

MIRLYN and the Avery Index

MIRLYN (MIchigan Research LibrarY Network) is the online library catalogue.
It also has links to many other Big Ten libraries and other indices such as the Wilson Index.
It is searchable by author, subject, title, medical subject, Library of Congress call number, government document code, and Library of Congress keyword.

Examples of searching include:

S=Herzog – in order search for books on Herzog & deMeuron
A=Koolhaas – in order to find S, M, L, XL.

Lists are returned from searches from which books or journal articles (if searching from the Wilson Index) can be chosen.
In these choices, the title, author, year, a brief synopsis, the call number, and the status of the book are listed.
The status can be anything from checked out to on shelf to on reserve to out for repairs.

The Avery Index to Architectural periodicals is published by G. K. Hall. It is a comprehensive list of over 13,000 professional periodicals of architecture.
It is searched much the same as MIRLYN. Often the articles listed in Avery are not available in the University Library system.
Web sites to check out:



Having a Car on Campus
Though most students do not need a car, some choose to, either because of convenience, commuting, or other reasons.
If you do decide to bring your car, be aware that parking is quite limited on North Campus and sometimes expensive.

You have four parking options, the first being non-metered street parking.
Though it is free, it is usually hard to find an empty space, or it is too far from your intended destination,
but there is virtually none of this type of parking on North Campus.

Your second option is metered street parking. This is usually convenient because you will be looking close to your destination.
Meters usually need to be fed Monday through Saturday until 6PM, but check the meter that you are using first.

The third option is to park in a parking structure and your last option is to park in a University Structure or Lot.
This requires a paid permit which can be obtained by Parking Services for a fee.
There are specific permits for specific lots, so make sure you know where you want to park before you try to get a permit.
As a student, you are most likely eligible for a Green or Orange Permit.
These are Commuter Lots where you can drive to, park your car and ride an University of Michigan bus to a campus bus stop.
Permits can be very expensive but are relatively a good option overall.

Specifically for the Art and Architecture Building, there are a few options.
The rear lot is a good choice if you can find a spot, but remember that it is generally packed during class time, but it is possible to get a spot.
This lot is metered and there is no change machine in the vicinity, so remember to bring your quarters!

The next closest lot is in front of the North Campus Bell Tower/Media Union. This lot, too is metered, so bring your money.
Your other option is to get a Commuter Permit and drive to the Commuter lot and take the Commuter bus back to the Art & Architecture Building.

You cannot park in the Bursley or Baits Lots unless you have a permit.
These lots are heavily monitored and it is not worth the ticket.
For any questions, call Parking Services at (734) 764-8291.

U of M Buses
The big blue buses are the way to get around campus.
They are free, stop at various essential places and there are several routes.
You can get a copy of the bus route schedule at the information desk in the Michigan Union or on any bus behind the driver’s seat.
Be aware that the buses only run during certain hours and usually the last bus to North Campus leaves at 2AM and they don’t start running again until 7AM.
After hours, the Nite Owl runs two routes that covers all of campus.
It is free and a late night option, but it can sometimes be a long trip or a long wait.
The Nite Owl routes and times are listed on the University of Michigan Bus Schedule.

Ann Arbor Buses
Also known as the AATA, the city of Ann Arbor offers public transportation around town.
There are various routes and times of running, so check an AATA bus schedule for details.
Each trip costs 75c or you can purchase a monthly pass.
Contact AATA for details. AATA bus schedules are available at the Information Desk in the Michigan Union.

Ann Arbor Transportation Authority
331 S 4th Ave
Phone: 734-996-0400

There are many companies in town so check the yellow pages before you go out and keep a few numbers on you if you think you might need a ride.
Some companies offer late night deals or group fares, but it depends on the company.
Though it can be expensive depending on how far you are going, but a typical ride from North Campus to Central is about $5.
Taxies are a great alternative to walking or driving to and from a party.

Acme Sedan Services: 665-8283
Airport Cab Corporation: 662-0033
Ann Arbor Taxi Services: 741-9000
Blue Cab Corporation: 231-2222
Daniel's Transport Services: 677-1448
Yellow Cab: 663-3355

There is a local Amtrak train station in town, located between North and Central Campuses (across the street from the Hospital).
Contact Amtrak directly for fares and schedules. There are daily trains to Chicago and Detroit that can get you to just about every city across the nation.

325 Depot St.
Phone: 734-994-4906

The major airport near Ann Arbor is the Detroit Metro (DTW).
The Detroit Metro is located just outside of Detroit and takes about 25 minutes to get there in little traffic (more like 40 mins.).
It can be reached by traveling east on I-94.
For more information, contact:

Detroit Metropolitan Airport
9000 Middlebelt Rd
Phone: 734-942-3550

Walking, Bikes, and Roller blades
The most popular method of transportation in nice weather on campus is walking. It is always free and fun, just bundle up in the winter!

Another popular choice of transportation is the bicycle!
Things to know: make sure you lock your bike up and register it with the University Police so it can be tracked if stolen.
Usually, this occurs at the beginning of Fall Semester. More information can be obtained at the Michigan Union Information Desk.

Roller blades are a fun and popular fair weather method of getting around;
however, you must remember that all university buildings will not allow you to wear them inside.
Remember to pack a pair of shoes!

1. hit the sack when other people's alarm clocks are going off.

2. have ever drooled during a class, especially a Physics class.

3. eat glue.

4. CELEBRATE space and form and OBSERVE your birthday (in studio).

5. have spent more hours in the studio than you have spent sleeping in your entire lifetime.

6. have used MIRLYN more than twenty times in one week.

7. think things other than words can "read well"

8. hear the entire morning show on your favorite radio station BEFORE you go to bed.

9. smell coffee when you talk.

10. don't know what day it is.

11. don't know what the rest of the campus looks like.

12. have altered your vocabulary drastically (such as replacing the word "neat" with "engaging"..."hello" with "leave-me-alone"...etc.)

13. have ever made anything out of Coke cans.

14. include CHEEZE-ITS into your daily diet.

15. think it's possible to CREATE space.

16. have listened to the radio long enough to hear a song more than thrice in one sitting.

17. have more bandages on your hands than a mummy has on its entire body.

18. don't know your telephone number or the location of your residence hall.

19. have ever slept more than 18 hours in one period of slumber.

20. fight with inanimate objects.

21. smell like the couch upstairs.

22.'ve tasted all the different brands of soda containing caffeine and regularly debate which is most effective.

23.'ve ever visited kinko's between the hours of 2am and 6am.

24.'ve ever fallen asleep on the toilet.

25. are deaf.

26. are never seen in public without headphones around your neck.
27. are never seen in public.

28. never go to your 8:30 class (sleepwalkers excluded).

29. ...your roommate thinks he/she has a single room.

30.'ve ever held your head and yelled " vertigo, no vertigo!"

31.'ve ever listened to your WHOLE CD collection within 48 hours.

32.'ve cut your own hair with a utility knife.

33.'ve ever been harassed by security

34. have argued about what day of the week yields the prettiest sunrise.

35. are amused by the workings of the "do-nothing".

36. have been forced to learn how to break into the architecture building after hours.

37. have Band-Aid stains that won't go away on your hands, fingers and arms.

38. realize exacto knives are a necessary evil.

39. have ever fallen asleep with wet hair and had wet hair when you woke up to go to your first class.

40. understand that the architecture building doubles as a dormitory.

42. notice yourself skipping things, such as Physics, and lunch...and supper.

43. wash your hair in the studio bathroom sink.

44. have ever used up a roll of film photographing a door.

45. know who Jenneret is.

46. find the studio phone number next to your name in friend's rolodexes.

47. smell.

48. think trash can be artistic.

49. ...your parents, relatives, and friends hate your studio instructors.

50. keep a book on your desk entitled "14000 Things To Be Happy About".

51. participate in making lists like this.

52. ...when you speak, it unconsciously comes out as a long, steady moan

53. understand someone else speaking this language.

54.'ve ever done the YMCA hand motions at 3 in the morning without being drunk.

55.'ve ever danced on a studio desk for Mardi Gras beads.

56. ...there is a book on your bookshelf entitled "The 1890s and Beyond".

57. use colored pencils and/or Rapidographs to balance your checkbook.

58. know the waitresses at Expresso Royale better than you know your parents.

59. ...when driving, you keep thinking someone is honking at you, even though it is four in the morning and nobody is out except you.

60. do TERM papers the night before they are due.

61. have friends who aren't in the school of architecture who are worried about the quiz in their sandwich-making class

62. ...doing laundry requires more than six washing machines and three hours.

63. have perpetual graphite on your face.

64. combine breakfast, lunch, and supper into one BIG meal to save time

65. don't know anyone who procrastinates more than you (outside of the school of architecture)

66. ...your primary spring break activity was sleeping.

67.'ve ever had this conversation: "What's look tired." "I'm an architecture major." "Oooooh! Sorry I didn't know."

68. have ever been standing outside of a building holding a cup and had a passerby throw a quarter in.

69. have Domino's number tattooed on your hand.

70. party with your teachers.

71. are constantly thinking up excuses to tell your non-architecture teachers why you didn't get your homework done.

72. have ever chained a chair to a desk.

73. discuss the appearance of the new library addition every time you pass it.

74. have ever hooked up more than three power bars to each other.

75. have ever painted, mangled, lettered on, added hangers to, or discombobulated any part of a telephone that will later be used.

76. have more snapshots of buildings than you have of people.

77. have ever purchased more than $100 worth of plaster, clay or chip-board.

78. notice yourself repeating things over and over and over and over and over and over and over...

79. ...someone once suggested that you were lazy and you almost murdered him.

80. ...pre-med majors feel sorry for you.

81. are thinking of changing your major to pre-med.

82. have ever tried to squeeze sixteen hours of work into five minutes.
83. were ever successful in doing #82.

84. have ever drawn tree-bark magnified 1000X.
85. slapped that person who said "What is that supposed to be?!" when you were drawing #84.

86. think Ugly Kid Joe's "Everything About You" was written about the architecture studio.

87. have ever cut your finger off.

88. took a date to the gallery lecture series.

89. play with balloons, recorders, yo-yos, and slinkies on a regular basis.

90. ...a flexible curve and a kneadable eraser is all you need for a fun night.

91. didn't know there was a presidential election this year.

92. night, your nightmares consist mostly of building models.

93. ...your life is like ten-thousand spoons when all you need is a knife.

94. ...The Dean has said something to you during one of his infamous crits that you don't have a clue what it means.

95. have ever spent thirty hours on a wood/gesso drawing and then heard your instructors tell you to paint the wood white again.

96. have ever taken any of the following classes to up your GPA:

Abstract Sequence, Differential Equations, Advanced Chemistry, Political Thought,
Philosophical Theory, Microchip Construction/Lab, Survey of the Endoplasmic Reticulum, or New Latin IV.

97.'ve ever discussed the various shapes of urinals in plan.

98. think that Windex tastes good.

99.'ve ever misplaced your keys for more than a week and lived just fine. bleed, and the blood that comes out is architecture. want to hurt the person who said that.

Class Evaluations
Ever wonder what to put on your Class Evaluations at the end of the term?

The Best and Worst Comments Received:

"Text is useless. I use it to kill roaches in my room."

"He teaches like Speedy Gonzalez on a caffeine high."

"In class, the syllabus is more important that you are."

"Help! I've fallen asleep and I can't wake up!"

"Text makes a satisfying 'thud' when dropped on the floor."

"The class is worthwhile because I need it for the degree."

"His blackboard technique puts Rembrandt to shame"

"Textbook is confusing...someone with a knowledge of English should proofread it."

"Have you ever fallen asleep in class and awoke in another? That's the way I felt all term."

"In class I learned I can fudge answers and get away with it." [That's an excellent lab technique that is learned by all undergrads.]

"Keep lecturer or tenure board will be shot."

"This class was a religious experience for me...I had to take it all on faith."

"The recitation instructor would make a good parking lot attendant. Tries to tell you where to go, but you can never understand him."

"Problems sets are a decoy to lure you away from potential exam material."

"Recitation was great. It was so confusing that I forgot who I was, where I was, and what I was doing--It's a great stress reliever."

"He is one of the best teachers I have had...He is well-organized, presents good lectures, and creates interest in the subject.
I hope my comments don't hurt his chances of getting tenure."

"I would sit in class and stare out the window at the squirrels. They've got a cool nest in the tree."

"Bogus number crunching. My HP is exhausted."

"The absolute value of the TA was less than epsilon." [I guess that means he's less than an infinitesimally small non-zero value.]

"TA steadily improved throughout the course...I think he started drinking and it really loosened him up."

"Information was presented like a ruptured fire hose--spraying in all directions--no way to stop it."

"I never bought the text. My $60 was better spent on the Led Zeppelin tapes that I used while doing the problem sets"

"What's the quality of the text? 'Text is printed on high quality paper.’"

"The course was very thorough. What wasn't covered in class was covered on the final exam."

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