Michael Abrams

This professor has taught: ARCH150, ARCH200, ARCH300, ARCH400, ARCH401, ARCH443, ARCH445, ARCH655
Information Review
Michael Abrams
ARCH400

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
06/12/2022
I have had Abrams for arch200, 300, and 400. Overall, what he teaches and the feedback he gives is very useful. Its clear he's knowledgeable on the subject and you can learn a lot from him. He can be a harsh grader at times and has high expectations but nothing too unreasonable. Make sure you do not miss class, even with justified reasoning it'll really set you behind. But in general I would say he is a good professor to have.
Michael Abrams
ARCH200

Expecting an A-
aruff
05/26/2022
Makes you buy his textbook as required reading (find a free pdf because I hardly ever used it except for the drawing exercises in it that count towards a grade (which is how he guarantees you buy his textbook)), plays favorites with students and the art/projects they make+present. The TAs were previously his favorite students, also. Vague project instructions (with vague clarifications), with errors in them that TAs and the professor did not catch, despite him having taught at UMD since 2015, and having previously taught this class before. Big discrepancies between what he expected in projects vs what TAs expected/liked in projects. Obviously could only pander to him or the TA, not both. Very disorganized. Was 20 minutes late to class once, blamed traffic. Almost a 1k materials list, a lot of which we barely used. Made us buy 1/8" wooden dowels, didn't include a way of cutting them. Will do "warm up sketches" in class (ungraded) of ridiculous things, expects you to use a whole page on it, will grab your textbook, flip to a new page, and tell you to "draw big!" if he sees you drawing on a page with other sketches. The absolute worst class I have ever taken at UMD. Ridiculous that I paid money for this. I have taken community college classes set up better than this.