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 Arts in 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 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.

School of 12,000 Alumni Symposium and Scholarship Banquet Oct. 13-14

A message from Dean Mahesh Daas:
As I’ve traveled around the U.S. over the last year, meeting alumni and friends of the school, I have been struck by the unusually deep affection that all of you have for KU, your teachers, Lawrence, and our campus, especially in the fall when things are so colorful here.  

The society that all of you developed during your years here is so unique that I came up with a name for it, The School of 12,000. What’s the School of 12,000 you ask? It is our 1,000 students, plus our 10,999 alumni, plus YOU. All of you added together make up the core of our vision, and that is to be the Pioneering force for Global Impact through Design. 

In the spirit of bringing all of you together again to recapturing that energy, I want to cordially extend to you an invitation to attend an inaugural event, our very first School of 12,000 Alumni Symposium. It starts the evening of Thursday, October 13, with a special reception for our Dean’s Club members and scholarship donors. That will be followed by the inaugural Fly High Banquet where we will celebrate the generosity of our Dean’s Club members and scholarship donors, and honor our School’s scholarship recipients. 

On October 14 we are planning a bouquet of TED-style keynote presentations by alumni on how they are tackling the big challenges facing the world today, as well as lots of time to network and join students and faculty in studios and during mid-semester reviews. On Saturday the 15th alumni can gather on their own to enjoy each other’s company in Lawrence, the town everybody loves. You can view and print a full schedule at this link.

I sincerely hope you will save these dates and join your peers, and our students, faculty and staff for the School of 12,000 Alumni Symposium. Please follow this link to RSVP.

Rock Chalk!

Mahesh Daas, DPACSA
Dean, School of Architecture, Design & Planning

First annual Global Impact Through Design Research Symposium, April 22

The School of Architecture, Design & Planning will present its first Global Impact through Design Research Symposium Friday, April 22 in The Forum at Marvin Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend this day of presentations documenting current research being done by faculty and graduate students. “The breadth of the research here in the school is extraordinary,” Daas said. “But, as we often share what we are doing only informally, sometimes we are unaware of the specifics and depth of what our own colleagues are doing. We want to change that.”

Seventeen faculty and graduate students from all of the school’s departments will make 20-minute presentations on topics such as healthcare design, urbanism, community participation and pedagogy, and building science and technology. In addition posters and artwork produced by faculty will be on display.

“In bringing our colleagues together to present their research we are fulfilling one of the most important goals this same group set for itself during our visioning retreat last summer. That is to be the measure of excellence in design, teaching and research,” said Dean Daas.

For a complete schedule please see the Global Impact Research Symposium Schedule. We ask that you RSVP for the Symposium by emailing Patti Baker.

Nelson-Atkins' CEO Julián Zugazagoitia and Dean Mahesh Daas to discuss design as tool for leadership and trasformation, Mar. 23

Julián Zugazagoitia, Director & CEO of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo., and School of Architecture, Design & Planning Dean Mahesh Daas, will engage in a conversation on the use of architecture and design as tools for institutional leadership and transformation on March 23. The event will take place in The Forum at Marvin Hall at 10:15  a.m.

The use of design as a change agent is a passion for both Zugazagotia and Dean Daas. Zugazagoitia was born in Mexico and educated at the Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre in France. While serving as the director and CEO of El Museo del Barrio in New York City, a leading institution in the field of Latin American and Latino art, he worked with the architecture firm Gruzen Samton to transformed the institution through a $44 million renovation project.

Dean Daas is the author of Leading With Aesthetics: The Transformational Leadership of Charles M. Vest at MIT, and an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished ProfessorHis book tells the story of Massachusetts Institute of Technology president Charles Vest. Vest’s work with architects such as Frank Gehry, Steven Holl and Fumihiko Maki helped restore MIT’s reputation as innovative and cutting edge, at a time when it had become conservative and staid.

“An institution without its architecture is like a soul without a body or a person without a face,” said Daas. “Like Charles Vest, Julian Zugazagoitia is demonstrating how a principled leader, with a supportive and collaborative team can use architecture to engage and motivate people by helping articulate a common purpose and the highest expectations for excellence.

“We are looking forward to a great conversation,” he concluded.

School of Architecture, Design & Planning's "Startup Your Startup" Workshop, Mar. 1

Want to start up the next Makerbot, Google, or Tesla? Find out how at “Startup Your Startup,” a special entrepreneurship event sponsored by the School of Architecture, Design & Planning. Jenny Miller, KCSourceLink Network Builder, and SADP Dean Mahesh Daas will make presentations at the event. Attendees will learn about a surprising number of resources available from KCSourceLink, everything from help with conceptualization to financing.

KCSourceLink’s mission is to help small businesses in the Kansas City region grow and succeed. It provides small business with free, easy access to the help they need. The organization has also been leading the effort to make Kansas City America’s most entrepreneurial city.

“Entrepreneurship and innovation through design-thinking are so much a part of what we do in our school that we wanted to take the opportunity to begin sharing the work we are doing in this area with the university community,” said Dean Daas.

The event is being held Tues., Mar. 1 from 5- 7:00 at LEEP2, Room 1420. It is limited to 60 KU students and faculty. Send an RSVP to Patti Baker, pmbaker@ku.edu by Fri. Feb. 26. Please include your email address, whether you are a student or faculty member, and which KU department you are from. 

SADP Career Fair, Feb. 23
Fifty-five firms are recruiting at this year's Career Fair, which is being held on the fifth floor of the KU Union from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 23rd. Thanks to the firms who are offering employment opportunities to our students.

The firms included Bates; bcDESIGNGROUP; Beck; Black & Veatch; BNIM Architects; BRR Architecture; Burns & McDonnell; Butler, Rosenbury & Partners; Cannon Design; Christner Inc.; Corgan; CRB; Cushman & Wakefield; Dimensional Innovations

DLR Group; Finkle + Williams Architecture; Forum Studio; GBA Inc.; Gensler; GFF; GLMV Architecture; Hastings+Chivetta Architects; HDR Architecture Inc.; Health Facilities Group; Helix Architcture + Design; HKS Inc.; HNTB Corporation; Hoefer Wysocki Architects; HOK; Hord Coplan Macht; Hufft Projects; HTK Architects; Jacobs; INVISION; Johnson Nathan Strohe  
 
Klover Architects; LK Architecture; Manica Architecture; Oculus Inc.; OWH Architects; Paragon Architecture; Pendulum; PGAV; Populous formerly HOKSVE; Raymond Harris & Associates; Ross & Baruzzini; Sabatini; Schwerdt Design Group; SJCF Architecture; Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture; Tevis Architects; TK Architects Inc.; Treanor Architects; US Army Corps of Engineers; Vessel Architecture and Design; Yaeger Architecture Inc.

Your support of our programs is truly appreciated.

Winter Newsletter for Alumni and Friends now online

Read all about news and events, announcements and a letter from Dean Daas in the School of Architecture, Design & Planning's Winter Newsletter available online now. 

 


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