Welcome to the School of Architecture & Design 

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.

Introducing a new, four-year Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture & Design degree. Among other interior architecture programs, this degree draws upon the nationally-recognized strengths of Arc/D’s architecture, visual communication, and industrial design programs. This is an opportunity to earn a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, professional education that focuses on the design of the heart of a building. 


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The Department of Architecture offers Master of ArchitectureMaster 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 Department of Urban Planning has now joined KU’s top-ranked School of Public Affairs & Administration. The degree and faculty will remain the same, with new opportunities for collaboration. 


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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 has completed industry-sponsored research projects for Bayer Healthcare, Garmin International, Ford Motor Company, Sprint, and others. We offer an accredited Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA) in Design degree with programs in Illustration & AnimationIndustrial DesignPhotography, and Visual Communication Design. We offer a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Design with programs in Design Management and Strategy and Interaction and User Experience Design.


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