Marvin Hall, The Forum, and The Commons
Marvin Hall The School has been headquartered in Marvin Hall since its founding. The main administrative offices are located there along with the departmental offices for Architecture, Design and Urban Planning. The Hatch Digital and Print Resource Center (including the Hatch Reading Room) is found in Marvin Hall along with seventeen design studios, several classrooms, offices for architecture and planning faculty, woodworking and metal shops, three computer labs, and critique spaces on each floor.
The Forum's Lecture Hall
The Forum and Commons In 2014, the Forum and Commons, a 120-seat auditorium, flex-space for design reviews and meetings, and student commons was added to the south side of Marvin Hall, giving the school a central focus and gathering spaces. This extraordinary building was designed and constructed in one year, entirely by KU graduate students enrolled in the Architecture Department's unique Studio 804 program.
Chalmers Hall The 130,000-square-foot Chalmers Hall (formerly the Art & Design Building) is located next to Marvin Hall and contains the main Design Department programs, faculty offices, studios, classrooms and labs. The building houses the 2,100-square-foot Art and Design Gallery, which features new exhibits every two weeks and is an important component of the teaching mission. Multi-platform computer labs and satellite computer areas are dedicated to each major area within Design. A traditional film Photography Lab includes a dark room for black-and-white photography, alternative processes, as well as a digital processing lab with dedicated spaces for video and digital image production and an equipment checkout facility. The 6,400-square-foot Common Shop includes a range of woodworking equipment, metal-working equipment, and classroom space.
Marvin Studios Formerly known as Broadcasting Hall when it housed the campus radio station, Marvin Studios sits behind Marvin Hall. Constructed of earthen bricks, it is frequently referred to as the “Mud Hut.” Through a series of recent renovations, it has become the center for digital fabrication within the School. A 3-D Printer Lab, Laser-Cutter Lab, and Robotics Lab are all housed within the building which also contains three studios, a classroom, and faculty offices.
Snow Hall is located directly across Jayhawk Boulevard from Marvin Hall. It contains four large studios and a number of offices for faculty and Ph.D. enrolled in our School. A large open-access computer lab, a drawing classroom, and a well-equipped model-building shop are found here, along with a critique and display area for student work.
East Hills Design-Build Center
The School’s Design-Build Center is located in the East Hills Industrial Park alongside Highway K-10 in East Lawrence. This 63,000-square-foot, open-span building was acquired in 2009 and is the site of four design-build studios, including the internationally acclaimed Studio 804. It includes a special furniture design studio, two fully-equipped metal shops and two wood shops, a small computer lab, conference areas, a large assembly area for the indoor construction of modular buildings, a warehouse area for storing large building materials, and research spaces for rammed earth materials testing and other design and construction-related projects.
Center for Design Research
The historic Chamney Farm on the western edge of the Lawrence Campus is the site of the School’s Center for Design Research (CDR), an award-winning building designed and constructed by the Department of Architecture’s Studio 804. The CDR serves as a conference center and meeting space and it sits between the renovated native limestone Chamney farmhouse and the nineteenth-century restored barn. Seminar spaces and a small classroom are found within the farmhouse and digital research facilities fill two floors of the barn. Within this innovative complex, corporate-sponsored projects are supervised by design faculty and executed by graduate students and advanced undergraduates. This fully equipped facility has become a connection between the academic and professional worlds of design as well as a focus for collaboration among applied design areas and other KU units.
Kansas City Design Center
Since 1987, the School has supported the Kansas City Design Center, an urban design studio and public education and community outreach center in Kansas City. The two programs operate together today at 1020 Baltimore Avenue in the heart of downtown Kansas City. This large street-front location includes working space for an entire architectural design studio as well as offices for instructors, exhibition areas, and conference and meeting spaces for events that include community partners and sponsors.