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


Welcome new School of Architecture, Design & Planning students! Come to the Meet-and-Greet this Sunday, August 23 west of Art & Design Building. Have some food and make some friends!

Natalie Sabillón, a KU senior illustration major, has turned her love for drawing and teaching into a children’s book, thanks to a KU undergraduate research award.
What did you do this summer? Some Urban Planning and Public Administration students took the summer class "Infrastructure Management" and got to visit Baldwin Woods. Here Robert Hagen with the Environmental Studies program showed us what a creek looks like in the wild as compared to a creek in an urban area.


SADP Tweets

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