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 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.



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360 Architecture has made at $25,000 donation to The Forum. As a part of 360 Architecture’s ongoing efforts to support design education, the Kansas City, Mo.-based firm and KU Endowment announced the donation Sept. 2. The funds will be used for The Forum at Marvin Hall, a commons and lecture hall that is being constructed by students enrolled in the Department of Architecture’s Studio 804. Five of the firm’s principals graduated from KU, and it has been a longtime supporter and contributor to the University’s educational programs. “We are thrilled to see The Forum constructed on campus and believe it will create a great opportunity for architecture students to connect with one another, and bring together design professionals from throughout the region,” said 360 Architecture principal John Eyler. “Forty-one members of the firm are alumni of the school, and we found our time there to be invaluable in preparing us for our careers. It is so important for all of us to stay connected with KU and the School, and to support initiatives such as The Forum,” he continued. “It will definitely reinforce the School’s global reputation as an innovative educational institution.” John Gaunt, dean of the School, said, “I know I speak for our students, faculty and friends when I say that we cannot thank the firm enough for its many gifts to the school. These include mentoring our students, participating in our programs, and financial support. “We are extremely proud of all that its graduates have achieved, and that they have chosen to give back to us,” he concluded. The firm has actively participated in the Department of Architecture’s Health + Wellness internship program, and two of its graduates work for the firm. 360 Architecture has also employed numerous student interns, who gain hands-on learning opportunities and mentorship with the firm, along with resources such as the use of the firm's event space for final presentations. “360 is excited to watch The Forum project come to fruition, and we plan to identify future opportunities to support the School of Architecture, Design & Planning,” said Eyler. The gift was made to KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.
Kelsey Hunter (Photo Media BFA 2012) was just featured in Time Photo Bank along side Phillip Toledano, Julie Blackmon, Brian Finke, and other accomplished photographers! We congratulate Kelsey on this is a major accomplishment! Take a look. Kelsey's photograph is number 5 in the slide show.
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We knew she was great! Alumnus Jomella Watson-Thompson, KU MUP 2002, is recipient of the 2014 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty. This award is given annually by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education. It recognizes one pre-tenure or early-career faculty member who connects teaching, research, and service to community engagement. Congratulations Jomella! https://news.ku.edu/2014/09/08/researcher-wins-early-career-award
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