Donna Marion

Donna Marion

Vancouver, BC, CA


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I recently completed my Masters of Architecture at the University of Michigan, and also have a B.S. in Architecture and a Minor in Physics.  I enjoy all aspects of design and have a particular interest in light, aesthetically, psychologically, and with sustainability.

I take great delight in teaching, and have taught as a studio instructor through ArcStart (a summer camp for high school students interested in architecture), and as a graduate student instructor for architectural hand-drawing courses.

I love to learn and learn quickly, and have developed an eclectic range of interests and hobbies.  In addition to architecture, I'm also passionate about drawing, sculpting, dancing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, among other things.  My goal is to contribute positively to human experience through sensitive designs and generous, responsible living.



University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, ArcStart Studio Instructor

Instructed through ArcStart, a summer program for high school students interested in architectural education. Developed the curriculum, gave lectures, ran workshops, lead studio classes, critiqued student work, and provided ongoing mentorship.

Jul 2013 - Aug 2013

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Graduate Student Instructor

Assisted teaching an architectural hand-drawing course; demonstrated drawing techniques, critiqued student work, and assisted students outside of class.

Sep 2012 - May 2013

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Research Engineer

Research Engineer and Project Manager. Designed and built micro-scale laboratory astrophysics experiments, improved performance of x-ray diagnostics, CAD modeling, image editing and graphic design, supervised and coordinated undergraduate student projects, trained students to use fabrication equipment and x-ray hardware.

Oct 2004 - Aug 2011


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Sep 2011 - May 2013

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Bachelors, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Sep 2004 - Apr 2008


TCAUP Continuing Student Merit Scholarship, Scholarship


Traveled to Jordan via Wallenberg Scholarship, Grant


TCAUP Wallenberg Competition Studio Finalist, Scholarship

Studio project chosen to participate in the Wallenberg Competition; received $2,000 travel scholarship.


Nomination and participation in the Annual TCAUP Student Show, Nomination

Studio and pre-architecture final projects were selected to be on display during the Annual TCAUP Student Show. [2006, 2007, 2008]


Selected for a study abroad in Switzerland, Other

Selected among peers to participate in a traveling studio exploring European architecture through hand-drawing.


Drawing Participation in Accreditation Exhibit, Other

Inclusion of Construction I final drawing in the TCAUP Accreditation Exhibit.


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