Welcome to the School of Architecture, Design & Planning 

Envision. Imagine. Collaborate. Plan. Design. Build. They’re words that capture what our students have been learning to do for more than 100 years. Our mission is to provide our graduates with an educational foundation for exemplary professional practice and personal career fulfillment; to prepare them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers who will serve, enrich, and sustain their professions and communities.

The Department of Architecture offers Bachelor of Architecture Studies, Master of Architecture, Master of Arts in Architecture, and PhD degrees. Our graduates are known for their design acumen, mastery of architectural technology and construction, and skill in environmental analysis. Our final year options include the Studio 804 design-build program, specialization in Health and Wellness Architecture, and internships in architecture firms overseas. 

The school’s Department of Design offers students foundations in the practice of design thinking and visualization to create beautiful, innovative solutions that enhance the quality of everyday life. The Center for Design Research does research for Bayer Healthcare, Garmin International, Ford Motor Company, Sprint, and others. We offer Bachelors of Fine Arts degrees with specializations in environmental design, illustration and animation, industrial design, photo media, and visual communication design. We also offer Master of Arts degrees in environmental designdesign management, and interaction design.

Our Department of Urban Planning offers a Master of Urban Planning degree. We emphasize policy planning and analysis within the context of urban environments. Our graduates are equipped to analyze, create, and implement policies at all levels of government and the private sector. Students may concentrate their studies in planning for housing and development, sustainabile land use planning, transportation planning, and environmental planning. Additional degree options include joint degrees in American studies, architecture, architectural studies, business, geography, and law.

Reception to celebrate the opening of The Forum

An event to celebrate the completion of The Forum, an addition to Marvin Hall, will take place from 3-5 p.m. Friday, March 27. The extension, located on Marvin’s second floor just south of its main entrance on Jayhawk Boulevard, includes a 121-seat lecture hall, commons and breakout space. “This new space has significantly enhanced the culture of the school by providing a place of arrival, interaction and exhibition for all of our programs and students, faculty and staff,” Dean John Gaunt said. “These are amenities that the school has lacked throughout its 100-year history.”

The building uses state-of-the-art technologies and is further distinguished because it was constructed by students enrolled in the Studio 804 program. It is directed by of J.L. Constant Professor of Architecture Dan Rockhill and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Its last seven buildings have received the United States Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum rating, the most stringent sustainability award available. Other facilities the studio has constructed at KU include the Hill Engineering Research and Development Center, and the Center for Design Research on KU’s west campus.The Forum is distinguished from other buildings because it was designed and constructed by 18 fifth-year students enrolled in the Department of Architecture’s Studio 804 program.

Makers and Creative Class exhibit at KCDC March 26-April 6

As a part of the Kansas City Design Week celebration, everyone is invited to view an exhibit titled Emerging Economies: KC Makers and the Creative Class Mar. 26 through April 6 at the Kansas City Design Center. University of Kansas architecture students produced the design research and proposals which focus on transforming the Linwood Midtown Neighborhood into a district of creative, collaborative maker-spaces. 

These, in turn, would stimulate the growth of amenities in the area such as pop-up stores, farmers' markets, bike shops and housing. The work was produced in studios taught by KU Associate Professor Shannon Criss and Adjunct Professor Matt Kleinmann. The Kansas City Design Center is located at 1020 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo. A reception will be held opening night, March 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

[Re] Engaged Architecture Symposium March 28 

The School of Architecture Design & Planning and Studio 804 will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the [RE] Engaged Architecture symposium. It will be held in Lawrence on March 28th at the East Hills Construction Innovation Building. We are hosting six internationally renowned architects, each of whom will lecture. They include Brian MacKay-Lyons, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects; Frank Harmon, Frank Harmon Associates; Andrew Freear, The Rural Studio; Ted Flato, Lake | Flato; Brigitte Shim, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, and Marlon Blackwell, Marlon Blackwell Architects, with remarks by Susan Szenasy, editor, Metropolis magazine. Seating is extremely limited, so register today for this one-of-a-kind event at studio804.com/symposium.

MoCoLab to display student work March 27 at Kansas City Design Week 

Save March 27th, 8:00-11:00 p.m. for an appearance by the MoCoLab at the Kansas City Center for Architecture & Design, 1810 McGee, Kansas City, Mo. It's part of Kansas City Design Week Celebration. Associate Prof. Shannon Criss said that the MoCoLab will be outfitted with an exhibit of KU Department of Architecture student work with a special emphasis on public interest design. More KU student work will be displayed at the Kansas City Design Center, 1020 Baltimore. The MoCoLab (short for "mobile collaboratory) is an Airstream trailer that was restored into a mobile community center by students enrolled in Assoc. Professor Nils Gore's Studio 409 class last spring and summer.


Winter 2015 School newsletter now online

The Winter 2015 School of Architecture, Design & Planning Newsletter is now a click away. Read stories about such things as The Forum, DirtWorks Studio's new Armitage Pavilion at the KU Field Station, how The Design Department was named Best School at the National Student Show, and Ford's donation of a van in support of the Center for Design Research's WellCar. Follow links to stories about the many awards, scholarships and fellowships won by students and faculty, including an award-winning watershed management plan developed by Urban Planning students. To view the newsletter in your browser, click here.

    The Forum at Marvin Hall opens 

In the fall of 2013 students enrolled in the Department of Architecture's Studio 804 began construction of The Forum, an addition to Marvin Hall, the home of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning. Its 117-seat auditorium, student commons, and breakout spaces foster the exploration, idea sharing, and engagement that are so much a part of the School’s educational culture.

For The Forum to be comfortable, temperature, humidity, and lighting need to be predictable and consistent. Strategies for saving energy typically require occupants to be tolerant of temperature swings and varying levels of light that would not be allowable here.

This building solves these problems through the use of multiple sensors that measure conditions inside and out, and activate its natural ventilation system and louvers. These are constantly adjusted to adapt the interior to any combination of outdoor temperature, humidity, and exterior light levels. The building is always operating at maximum efficiency without using energy from the grid while maintaining human comfort. The green wall improves air quality and provides a pleasing atmosphere.  

The building is always operating at maximum efficiency while using little energy from the grid while maintaining human comfort. Sensors also assure that proper levels of carbon dioxide are maintained in the inside air, and manage the water levels in the cistern, which is used to water the green wall and exterior plants.

To view construction photos, learn more about the ventilated wall, and how to donate, see The Forum website.  

About Studio 804. The participants are Department of Architecture graduate students who work full time for an academic year, designing and constructing a building annually. J.L. Constant Distinguished Professor of Architecture Dan Rockhill has directed the award-winning program for 20 years. 



Architecture, Design & Urban Planning Events


Tonight the MoCoLab will be at the Kansas City Center for Architecture & Design, 1810 McGee, Kansas City, Mo. from 5:00 to 11:00 pm. It's part of Kansas City Design Week Celebration. The MoCoLab will display an exhibit of KU Department of Architecture student work with a special emphasis on public interest design. More KU student work will be displayed at the Kansas City Design Center, 1020 Baltimore. The MoCoLab (short for "mobile collaboratory") is an Airstream trailer that was restored, and made into a mobile community center by students enrolled in Assoc. Professor Nils Gore's Studio 409 class last spring and summer.

Informational Meeting Thursday, April 2 5:00 P.M. 316 A&D Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum Workshop: August 4-9 Two Rivers WI http://woodtype.org/

Associate Professor Bonnie Johnson was on that bus this morning! She's attending and presenting at the International Research Society for Public Management conference at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. First #IRSPM2015 bus - all aboard!! pic.twitter.com/3zMD5tJ7kT (https://twitter.com/SkelcherC/status/582427583956041729?s=17)
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“First #IRSPM2015 bus - all aboard!!”


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