School of architecture

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 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 2015 School newsletter now online

[Re] Engaged Architecture Symposium March 28

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 .

KU Design Week offers students a plethora of design-related activities, Jan. 23-30 

The School's second annual Design Week begins on Thursday, January 23, and will conclude on January 30th .  The event is put together in its entirety by Department of

Design students. One of the organizers, Katie Whiteman, said, “It’s a seven-day series of multidisciplinary events, lectures, workshops, and competitions. They are intended to appeal to students enrolled in any one of the broad spectrum of majors offered at KU's School of Architecture, Design & Planning, but the events are open to all KU students.” Besides architecture and urban planning, students who are studying in the Design Department may be specializing in visual communications, photo media, illustration,industrial design, and environmental design.

Among the activities are a puzzle workshop, scavenger hunt, dollhouse challenge, paper-engineering workshop, and a drop-cap-battle tennis match will include a movie night. Participants may also spend an afternoon working in the Design Department’s letterpress lab; tour the Lawrence Public Library with the architects and graphic designers, and attend a discussion about the design process experts from Useagility, a user-experience design firm from Kansas City, Mo.

Accompanying the event will be an exhibit of Design student work opening at Jan. 23 at the Kansas Union Gallery. For more information see the Design Week website.

The Forum at Marvin Hall opens 

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.

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