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.


Department of Urban Planning celebrating 40th anniversary March 7

Forty years ago this May the Department of Urban Planning sent its first graduate down the hill, marking the beginning of its tradition of teaching excellence. And on Saturday, March 7, the Department will mark the occasion with a panel discussion and celebration. A guest panel of four distinguished alumni will discuss “Urban Planning: Past, Present and Future” at 4:30 p.m. in The Forum at Marvin Hall.

Presenters are: Dawn Jourdan, Director, University of Oklahoma Regional and City Planning Program; Chris McKenzie, Executive Director of the California League of Cities; Kevin Morris, Senior Vice President for Organizational Assessment, Neighbor Works America; and Marlene Nagel, Director of Community Development, Mid-America Regional Council. The celebration will continue at the Oread Hotel. Urban Planning Chair Stacey White said, "We look forward to welcoming our alumni back, celebrating our tradition, and sharing with them the great things that are now happening in the Department of Urban Planning."  


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.   

[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 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.     

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
Mar 12
Hallmark Symposium Lecture Series
06:00 pm
Mar 26
Hallmark Symposium Lecture Series
06:00 pm
Mar 27
The Forum Dedication
03:00 pm
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