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 design, design 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.
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.
Architecture Dept. hosting INFEWS: Innovations at the Nexus of Food + Energy + Water Symposium, Jan. 21-23
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 email@example.com 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.
moCOLAB's KU debut takes place in front of Marvin Hall April 10
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.