The University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design
Interior Architecture students gain insights from local professionals
Fall Interior Architecture (IA) studio reviews were a culmination of weeks of research, problem-solving, and hands-on construction. Throughout the semester, students used analog and digital tools to design, analyze, and visualize high-performance interior environments.
Second-year students developed proposals for a co-working office space and third-year students developed a memory-care facility and a child development center. For their final reviews of the semester, students presented projects to professionals representing area architecture and design firms.
Celebrating Student Appreciation Week
Just before finals, ArcD celebrated Student Appreciation Week. Free coffee, RISO prints, studio donut deliveries, and a pizza lunch provided by GLMV Architecture helped students fuel up for final projects and exams.
📲 See Student Appreciation Week Colorbar highlight on Instagram
Coming Soon: new undergraduate and graduate academic programs
The School of Architecture & Design is in the final stages of establishing four new academic programs – bachelor’s programs in Animation and User Experience Design, and master’s programs in Historic Preservation and Industrial Design.
Providing graduates with the skills and insights they need to thrive as professionals and meeting market demands go hand in hand. These programs will leverage existing institutional strengths and new investments to create greater opportunities for discovery and specialized focus. Watch for more information in the coming months!
Bjarke Ingels Group space planning and design project update
During the Fall 2023 Professional Advisory Board meeting, BIG–Bjarke Ingels Group architects visited campus to update board members, Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer, CFO Jeff DeWitt, KU Endowment President Dan Martin, and other university leaders on the School’s space planning and design project. Now with local design and construction partners, BNIM and JE Dunn, additional refinements are being done to the project, which should be ready in spring.
Photography student explores our state’s environmental future
Senior Grace Worden's work is focused on documenting our state's cultural landscapes. A photography student minoring in environmental studies, Grace combines analog camera and processing techniques with historical research to preserve views of and bring context to rarely considered places and spaces where natural and built environments meet.
For two weeks, Worden traveled the state with KU's Kansas Abroad program to learn how Kansans are bringing together rural economic development and environmental stewardship to create opportunities.
Ten architecture student projects featured in Dezeen School Shows
Selected student work includes projects from third, fourth, and final-year architecture studios, and the interior architecture capstone studio.
See the projects
Darren L. James named Texas Board of Architectural Examiners Chair
The Texas governor has named Darren L. James, FAIA, NOMA, as Chair of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, a multi-profession regulatory agency that oversees the examination, registration, and professional regulation of architects, interior designers, and landscape architects. James, a 1992 architecture graduate, has been president of the Black-owned national design and construction services firm KAI for the past 18 years.
Design and architecture alumni named among Kansas City’s 250 Most Influential Business Leaders by Ingram’s Magazine
ArcD Professional Advisory Board and Industrial Design alum co-chair Tucker Trotter is CEO of Dimensional Innovations (DI), an experience design, build, and technology firm based in Overland Park with offices around the US.
Richard Wetzel, 1994 architecture graduate, is co-founder of Centric, a multifaceted construction services company based in Kansas City with commercial and residential projects throughout the metro area.
See the 2023 Ingram’s 250 list
Interior Architecture students use virtual reality to assess designs
Interior Architecture students in Mohammad Dastmalchi’s third-year studio developed an ambitious project to design a Child Development Center (CDC) catering to toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first- and second-graders.
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