Levee House, by students of Studio 804 at the University of Kansas, was a finalist in the 2021 AZ Awards.
Editor’s Note: This listing was updated on November 1, 2022
The University of Kansas’ School of Architecture & Design is perhaps best-known for Studio 804, an initiative run by architect Dan Rockhill in which students help to design and build LEED-Platinum buildings in low-density areas of Kansas, including community centres and universally accessible homes. It’s just one opportunity for Master’s hopefuls; they can also dip their toes in the workforce through co-ops with Gensler and GastingerWalker& and internship placements.
The University of Kansas develops its architecture program with practical input from architects and designers at major firms around the world. Accommodating students at all study levels, the program boasts both ample facilities (including 28 facilities that house a combination of labs and workshops for design studios, 3D printing, robotics, wood working, and many more spaces for design practices) and academic offerings.
While students may choose to complete the BA (in Architectural Studies) and MA separately, there is an accelerated Master’s course for first-year students who aim to complete their MA within five years. The Master of Arts in Architecture and the PhD are post-professional, research-based programs that build academic and scholarly perspective in a specific area. Global-study programs also immerse students in historic and modern architecture around the world; and research groups including the Institute for Smart Cities, and the Institute for Health + Wellness expand their horizons right at home.
Jim Walters (Populous), Bob Berkebile (BNIM), R.K. Stewart (National Institute of Building Sciences)
Hui Cai, Jae Chang, Nisha Fernando, Mohammad Dastmalchi, Casey Franklin