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How to Connect with SPDC This Fall

During Fall Semester 2020, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic the faculty and staff of the School of Planning, Design and Construction will largely be working remotely, aside from limited in-person courses and some essential tasks that must take place on campus. 

The best way to reach faculty and staff is via email, so check out our Faculty and Staff directories. You may also leave a phone message at our Main Office and Student Services Office, and one of our staff will get back with you as soon as possible.

Faculty Directory.

Staff Directory. 

Main SPDC Office: 517-432-0704.

Student Services: 517-353-9054.

Learn more about how to connect with us.

SPDC’s Commitment to a Supportive and Inclusive School Culture

The novel coronavirus pandemic impacts people very differently, and the racist events of the past few weeks are impacting our community in many ways. It is important that we watch out for each other and support ourselves during such difficult times.

At SPDC, we strive to ensure that racism, hate and violence have no place in our community. Let us continue our struggle and take action for meaningful and lasting change to dismantle acts of racism. Our commitment and obligation as Spartans is to make the world a better place. Our presence must be one of hope and love that helps us navigate through these difficult trying times. We want to look back at ourselves with no regrets that we indeed changed the world.

Learn more about our school's commitment.

SPDC Response to Novel Coronavirus

In this uncertain time we find ourselves in with the novel coronavirus pandemic, we as the School of Planning, Design and Construction, are committed to supporting and helping our students, staff and faculty as they navigate the challenges with moving from an in-person to a virtual learning and working environment. 

This unprecedented situation has tested the resilience of all of us at SPDC. We are proud of our students, staff and faculty for making this transition and staying #SpartanStrong. Our student’s success is first and foremost of importance to us, and we want them to know that “You Belong Here. Still!

Learn more about our response to this situation.

Spartans Built to Lead

The School of Planning, Design and Construction uniquely unites four built environment disciplines to foster synergistic learning and collaboration: Construction management, interior design, landscape architecture and urban & regional planning. Our academic programs are accredited and produce career-ready graduates. We provide our students with the opportunity to learn about and work on real-world, cross-discipline projects and activities. Our nationally recognized, world-renowned faculty cross-collaborate on pressing built environment issues, delivering timely and crucial sustainable research and outreach. Learn More.


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  • How the pandemic has made SPDC stronger

    Published on December 11, 2020
    SPDC Director Ming-Han Li shares in his annual school update message, "This has been a year that no one could have anticipated or prepared for! The world has been facing unprecedented, tumultuous challenges from the novel coronavirus pandemic since March."

  • Is planning relevant?

    Published on October 30, 2020
    A list of five lessons about design and planning of the built environment for issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • MSU alumnus developing diverse restaurant development strategy for McDonald’s Corporation

    Published on October 6, 2020
    Melvin Mance is a U.S. Development Director for McDonald’s Corporation, a company with a long-time commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts.

  • Moving forward in an uncertain era

    Published on October 9, 2020
    NCI’s director Holly Madill shares her thoughts on moving forward during the novel coronavirus and changes in the ways we engage online.

  • Working from Home

    Published on October 7, 2020
    A list of five lessons about working from home and the potential implications for land use and urban planning.

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