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 and to prepare them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers who will serve, enrich, and sustain their professions and communities.


In the fall of 2017 the Kansas Board of Regents approved our new, four-year Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture & Design degree. This unique degree program draws upon the nationally-recognized strengths of Arc/D’s architecture, visual communication, and industrial design programs. This is an opportunity for students to earn a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, professional education that focuses on the design of the heart of a building. Please push the Contact Us button below to receive more information about this new progam. 


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The Department of Architecture offers professional Master of Architecture degrees, as well as Master of Arts in Architecture and PhD degrees. We also offer paths to Master of Architecture degrees for students who have pre-professional degrees, Bachelor of Architecture degrees, or degrees in other subject areas. Our graduates are known for their design acumen, mastery of architectural technology and construction, and skill in environmental analysis. Our unique final-year Masters of Architecture options include the designing and constructing a building in our Studio 804 design-build program; specialization in Health and Wellness Architecture, or internships in architecture firms overseas. 

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

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Arc/D Calendar of Events

KU Design Camp 2018

Commencement 2018