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. The School of Architecture, Design & Planning is home to approximately 1,000 students. This modest size engenders a sense of community among our students, and allows for small classes and highly individualized instruction.

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. Our 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, land use planning and urban design, transportation planning, and environmental planning. Additional degree options include joint degrees in American studies, architecture, architectural studies, business, geography, and law

 

Now under construction by Studio 804: The Forum at Marvin Hall

The Forum is a commons, exhibition, and 120-seat auditorium now being added onto Marvin Hall, the home of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning. Its flexible gallery and breakout spaces will foster the exploration, idea sharing, and engagement that are so much a part of the School’s educational culture.

Architecture students enrolled in the Department of Architecture’s Studio 804, designed and are building The Forum. By combining Marvin’s rusticated limestone walls with the region’s most sophisticated, naturally-ventilated glass façade, the addition builds on the past, yet takes advantage of tremendous advances in building technology available today.

The Forum will be a showplace for not just the School, but the University of Kansas as well, reinforcing the global reputation of KU and the School of Architecture, Design & Planning as two of the most innovative and ambitious educational institutions anywhere. For construction updates, information on Studio 804 and donations, please see The Forum website at www.theforumku.info.

 

 

Our Winter 2014 SADP Newsletter is now available for download

The fall 2013 semester was one of our best ever, with tremendous things happening within the KU School of Architecture, Design, and Planning. You can find out all about them by downloading a pdf of our Winter 2014 newsletter.

In it you'll find headlines with links to stories about ongoing and recently completed projects by students in each department, announcements, and awards and scholarships won by our faculty and students.

Learn all about our most important project in years, The Forum, an addition to Marvin Hall that's being constructed behind Marvin Hall. Get your copy of the newsletter here.


Architecture, Design & Urban Planning Events

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Thanks everybody for braving the heat and coming to the new student Meet & Greet yesterday! It was great to see so many new faces! The journey is just beginning for most of you, but remember: you're going to do great things at KU.
Very honored and pleased to announce that Professor Patrick Dooley has been awarded the AIGA KC Fellow award! Please send any congratulations to pdooley@ku.edu. Patrick isn't on FB and would be so happy to hear from you! THANKS AIGA KC for recognizing Professor Dooley see you Sept 20 at the Gala. PROFESSOR PATRICK DOOLEY NAMED WINNER OF 2014 AIGA KANSAS CITY FELLOW AWARD Kansas City, MO (August 25, 2014) Today AIGA Kansas City(AIGA KC) announced that Professor Patrick Dooley is the winner of the 2014 Fellow Award for the Kansas City chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design. The award will be presented at the AIGA KC Awards Gala & Exhibition on September 20 in Kansas City. With more than two decades at the University of Kansas, Mr. Dooley, professor in the Department of Design | School of Architecture, Design & Planning, has influenced legions of designers practicing in Kansas City and beyond. Best known for his love of book design and attention to typography, Dooley has several works in the National Design Archives of AIGA. Dooley's awards number more than 80, with work recognized by the New York Type Directors Club, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, Los Angeles Art Directors to name a few. Awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship in 2003, Dooley lectured at the Fachhochschule in Trier, Germany. A Study Abroad program has resulted with more than 80 international scholars from Kansas or Germany to date. Dooley received a 2008 Sappi Ideas that Matter grant and, along with University of Kansas students, developed a print campaign benefitting the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association. About the AIGA Fellow Award The Fellow award recognizes a designer with 15 years or more experience who has made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the local and regional design community, as well as in the AIGA chapter. The areas of education, writing, leadership and reputation – as well as the practice of design – are given equal consideration. About AIGA Kansas City AIGA KC strives to inspire talent, engage thinking and connect designers through events, an annual awards program, and partnership in Kansas City Design Week. More than 500 strong, AIGA KC is in its 25th year as a chapter of a national organization celebrating its centennial.

We are planning for . . . a Great Semester! New urban planning students' orientation Friday, Aug. 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to Noon-ish in Room 308 Marvin Hall.

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