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Harold J. Borkin
Regent's Proceedings 155

Harold J. Borkin, professor of architecture in the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, will retire on December 31, 2003.

Professor Borkin received his B.Arch. (1957) and M.Arch. (1959) degrees from the University of Michigan, where he also was awarded the Albert Kahn Fellowship in Architecture (1957). He joined the University of Michigan faculty as a lecturer in 1961 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1963, associate professor in 1968, and professor in 1973. He served as chair of the doctoral program in architecture from 1978-81 and from 1985-87.

Focusing on design early in his career, Professor Borkin entered and won a number of competitions, including the Elmwood Housing Project with Green and Savin in 1964, the first stage of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Competition with Wehrer and Johnson in 1960-61, and the first stage of the Toronto city hall and civic square competition with Hayward and Wehrer in 1959.

After co-founding the Architecture and Planning Research Lab, Professor Borkin's interests shifted to the development of computer-aided architectural design with an emphasis on integrated design systems, geometric modeling, building representation, simulation, and design evaluation. He brought the University to the forefront of architectural programs offering CAD curricula, and he fostered curricular and research innovation by using a multi-disciplinary approach to architectural graduate studies.

In 2000, Professor Borkin was inducted into the Permanent Research Collection on Information Technology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History for his work on architectural design tools. The

Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming Harold J. Borkin professor emeritus of architecture.