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 Arts in 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 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, emphasizing policy planning and analysis within the context of urban environments. Graduates are equipped to analyze, create, and implement policies at all levels of government and the private sector. They may concentrate studies in planning for housing and development, sustainable land use planning, transportation planning, or environmental planning. Additional degree options include joint degrees in American studies, architecture, architectural studies, business, geography, and law.


On October 14, School of Architecture, Design and Planning's alumni convened at The Forum in Marvin Hall to make presentations on issues that are facing the design and architecture professions today. For full videos of each session described below please see the 12000 Who Innovate Alumni Symposium Video Page. 

Session 1. “The Business of Design” kicked off the day as alums who have built multidisciplinary and collaborative firm cultures shared the ways they have created organizations that produce exceptional work. Speakers included Kelly Jones, president, Lighting Design Alliance; Krista Masilionis, creative director, Hallmark, and Jeff Vaglio of the building façade manufacturer Enclos. They were moderated by Arjun Bhat of CannonDesign and School of Architecture, Design & Planning Dean Mahesh Daas. 

Session 2. “Designing Outside the Design Bubble” in this session alums talked about how their work engages society and uses design to address its challenges. Speakers were Mike Hauser, founder of DesignHaus Studio; April Pottorff, an architect whose firm, CGL RicciGreen, specializes in justice facility design;  and John Wilson, House Minority Policy Chair in the Kansas Legislature. They were moderated by Amy Slattery, principal of Odimo, and Professor Mahbub Rashid.


The 2017 Architecture, Design and Planning Career Fair will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the 5th floor of the Kansas Union. This event provides an opportunity for KU Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Design, and Urban Planning students to network with industry employers and learn about available career opportunities.

The University Career Center will provide free professional Linkedin profile pictures for students that attend the career fair. The Linkedin booth will be available starting at 12:00 p.m., on the day of the event in the Kansas Union. Employers will expect students to be dressed in professional business attireBusiness attire is conservative and consists of neutral colored suits and accessories.

View here all the firms attending the event. 

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