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.

Fall Alumni and Friends newsletter now online

You can read a digest version of dozens of news and events, as well as a letter from our new Dean, Mahesh Daas, in the School of Architecture, Design & Planning's Fall Newsletter. We're particularly excited to tell you about our new vision, "Our School will be the pioneering force for global change through design." Click here for the online version. 

Dean Daas to deliver State of the School Address Oct. 27

Dean Daas will address students, faculty, and staff at the first annual State of the School Address from 4:30-6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, in 120 Budig Hall. He'll discuss a new vision for the school, which resulted in part from the Fly High Visioning Retreat held with faculty, staff, and students in August. In addition the dean will talk about what happens next, how we're activating networks of alumni and students, and plans for faculty and alumni symposia that will be held in the near future.

Architecture Department sponsoring BIM Pulse 2104: Big Data, September 24

The School of Architecture, Design & Planning and KU Professional & Continuing Education are sponsoring the BIM Pulse 2015: Big Data Symposium. The event will be Thursday, September 24, at the BEST Conference Center, KU Edwards Campus, Overland Park, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Today’s digital models are so data-intensive that BIM technologies in contemporary processes for architecture, engineering and construction demand the manipulation of “big data” to address issues of data quality, collaboration, and interoperability. The BIM Pulse Symposium will focus on big data and its impact on current architecture and engineering practices. The event begins by identifying the challenges of big data and project integration, followed by a series of discussions on what regional and national organizations are doing to address those challenges.

Professor of Architecture Charles Eastman, director of the Georgia Institute of  Technology will present the symposium’s keynote address. He is one of the architecture profession’s premier experts in solids, parametric modeling, engineering databases and product models and interoperability. He is also an active researcher in the areas of design cognition and cognitive science.

For more information on the BIM Pulse Symposium, contact Assistant Professor of Architecture Hugo Sheward at h340s663@ku.edu or visit the KU Professional & Continuing Education’s symposium website, http://kupce.ku.edu/bim-pulse-2015

Studio 804 Passive Solar Home Open House June 13

Students enrolled in the Department of Architecture's Studio 804 design-build class are hosting tours of their recently completed passive solar house 10 am-2 pm Saturday June 13. The house is at 1301 New York Street, Lawrence. The house is designed to be net-zero, meaning that all of the energy that it needs can be met by the 4-kilowatt solar array that has been installed on the site. This is possible because of the many energy-saving features of the house, including super-insulated walls, a sheet metal "cool roof" and highly efficient windows and doors. 

The students began designing the home last fall and construction began in January. These students are in their final year of the Masters of Architecture program, and work on their projects full time for full academic year.

School hosts Design Futures Public Interest Design Student Leadership Forum, May 29-June 2

The KU School of Architecture, Design & Planning is hosting the 2015 Design Futures Public Interest Design Student Leadership Forum from May 29-June 2 in Lawrence. This international conference will bring student leaders from across the country together with practitioners and university faculty. These individuals represent some of the most important thought leadership in this emerging interdisciplinary sub-discipline. Activities will include workshops and lectures by leaders from across the U.S., and visits to public interest design projects by KU Department of Architecture students and faculty in Lawrence and Kansas City. The opportunity to meet and network with peers from ten universities that are leading the PID movement will inform and inspire.

Two events will be open to the public. David Perkes of the Gulf Coast Community Design Center will present "Design with Others" Friday, May 29th, 5:30 p.m., at the Lawrence Arts Center Auditorium, 940 New Hampshire Street, Lawrence. An exhibit of PID projects by KU students and faculty will be displayed in the moCOLAB outside the Center. 

A “Building Communities” Pecha Kucha Event will be held Monday June 1 at 5:30 at Foundation Architectural Reclamation in the West Bottoms, 1221 Union Avenue, in Kansas City, Mo. Food will be provided by Port Fonda Taco Bar and a DJ will provide music. Suggested $10 donation. These will go to the best idea presented at the PK. RSVP to Shannon Criss, scriss@ku.edu

For more information see http://dfstudentforum.org/about-df-2015 or contact KU Associate Professor Shannon Criss at scriss@ku.edu.

moCOLAB's KU debut takes place in front of Marvin Hall April 10

Next Friday students are invited to visit the moCOLAB as it makes its official KU Campus debut from 11 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Its part of the Big Share, and will feature a display of Public Interest Design projects done by SADP students. What's the moCOLAB? For the past year architecture students under the direction of Architecture Professors Nils Gore and Shannon Criss have been converting a 1972 Airstream Trailer into its present form, a mobile classroom and community center. It can be set up temporarily wherever projects make public engagement desirable. The trailer was purchased in the fall of 2013 using a research grant from the Provost's office.  Students enrolled in a third-year architectural design studio taught by Professor Gore, gutted, cleaned, and completely renovated the trailer. Professor Criss joined the effort last summer. Now it is complete, roadworthy, and fitted with a sumptuous interior, handcrafted furniture, lighting and air conditioning, and movable furnishings. See you there!

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. Sorry, this event is sold out!

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. 



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