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

 

Now open: The Forum at Marvin Hall, designed and constructed by Department of Architecture Studio 804 students

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 121-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.  

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

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. 

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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Congratulations to Department of Architecture student AJ Prizzi, who was just given the Academic Excellence Award for Architecture by the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS). Institute staff members select recipients of the award. The winners must have distinguished themselves not only through outstanding studio work, but also for their embrace of Danish culture, the study abroad experience, and the extent to which they contribute to a collaborative, supportive classroom environment. Prizzi was chosen for the award from among 98 students who attend 45 American architecture schools. Expounding upon the benefits of the DIS program, Prizzi said, “One of the benefits of living in a different country is that you step out of your comfort zone. Studying in Denmark allowed me to be immersed in a design culture that is quite unlike what we have in the States.” “AJ’s well-deserved award from the Danish Institute of Study Abroad is indicative of growth I’ve seen in him as a student over the past several years,” said Paola Sanguinetti, Chair of the Department of Architecture,“ but it also illustrates the tremendous value that the study-abroad experience has for our students.” In addition to his studio studies, Prizzi also took advantage of a new DIS program that allowed him to intern at a Copenhagen architecture firm, EFFEKT. “Combining learning in the classroom while working in a professional setting allowed me to create a link between the two that complimented each other, that was crucial to this experience,” he said. Prizzi believes that the experience will have great benefit as he begins his career in a few years. “Biking through Copenhagen, which I did almost every day, allowed me to develop a mental map of the city which deepened my understanding of urban design and planning. “When I graduate, I would love to work on large-scale projects that relate to an existing urban setting,” he continued. “Living there gave me a better understanding of how an urban fabric works, and how buildings should work within that fabric. By having gained that mental map of Copenhagen, I can try and encourage that type of environment in projects that I work on in the future.” Prizzi is the second KU student to win the Academic Excellence Award for Architecture in the past three years. Henry Lennon, who graduated last spring, won the award in 2012. WAY TO GO AJ!!!!!

Big congratulations are in order for KU Photo Media BFA (2011), Barrett Emke for making TIME's Best Photojournalism of 2014 list!
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Kudos to Assistant Professor Ward Lyles on his selection as an NSF Fellow! https://news.ku.edu/urban-planning-professor-becomes-nsf-fellow
Urban planning professor named NSF Fellow | The University of Kansas
Urban planning professor named NSF Fellow Tue, 12/09/2014 LAWRENCE — Ward Lyles, assistant professor of urban planning, has been selected as a Fellow for the Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards & Disasters Researchers Program. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and is inten…

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