Taubman, who was presented with an elegant wooden sphere created by senior model maker Mark Krecic, said he was deeply honored by this recognition and excited by the future contributions the College will make.
I hope students will experience the same wonderment, growth and preparation I enjoyed on this campus. I am confident the students will shape a better world for generations to come. I am proud to be involved in this great institution and hope we have a chance to make it even better.
Taubman noted that 50 years ago when he was a student here, last weeks event was beyond my wildest dream and that of my professors. He received harsh but good advice from his art teacher Carlos Lopez, who gave him his first painting lesson: Lay down your brush and stick with architecture.
Taubman is founder and chairman of The Taubman Company, a majority shareholder and chairman of Sothebys, a partner in The Leona Group, and a former board member of Chase Manhattan Bank of New York, R.H. Macy Co. and Getty Oil Co.
In addition to the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Taubman Health Care Center and the Taubman Library on the Medical Campus are named for him.