Architecture Department sponsors BIM Pulse Conference: Big Data, September 24

The School of Architecture, Design & Planning and KU Professional & Continuing Education are sponsoring the BIM Pulse 2015: Big Data Symposium. The event will be Thursday, September 24, at the BEST Conference Center, KU Edwards Campus, Overland Park, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The BIM Pulse Symposium will focus on big data and its impact on current architecture and engineering practices. The event begins by identifying the challenges of big data and project integration, followed by a series of discussions on what regional and national organizations are doing to address those challenges.

Professor of Architecture Charles Eastman, director of the Georgia Institute of  Technology will present the symposium’s keynote address. For more information on the BIM Pulse Symposium, contact Assistant Professor of Architecture Hugo Sheward at or visit the KU Professional & Continuing Education’s BIM Symposium website.  

Studio 804 Passive Solar Home Open House June 13

Students enrolled in the Department of Architecture's Studio 804 design-build class are hosting tours of their recently completed passive solar house 10 am-2 pm Saturday June 13. The house is at 1301 New York Street, Lawrence. The house is designed to be net-zero, meaning that all of the energy that it needs can be met by the 4-kilowatt solar array that has been installed on the site. This is possible because of the many energy-saving features of the house, including super-insulated walls, a sheet metal "cool roof" and highly efficient windows and doors. 

The students began designing the home last fall and construction began in January. These students are in their final year of the Masters of Architecture program, and work on their projects full time for full academic year.

KU hosts Design Futures Public Interest Design Student Leadership Forum May 29-June 2 

The KU School of Architecture, Design & Planning is hosting the 2015 Design Futures Public Interest Design (PID) Student Leadership Forum from May 29-June 2 in Lawrence. This international conference will bring student leaders from across the country together with practitioners and university faculty. These individuals represent some of the most important thought leadership in this emerging interdisciplinary sub-discipline. Activities will include workshops and lectures by leaders from across the U.S., and visits to public interest design projects by KU Department of Architecture students and faculty in Lawrence and Kansas City. The opportunity to meet and network with peers from ten universities that are leading the PID movement will inform and inspire.

Two events will be open to the public. David Perkes of the Gulf Coast Community Design Center will present "Design with Others" Friday, May 29th, 5:30 p.m., at the Lawrence Arts Center Auditorium, 940 New Hampshire Street, Lawrence. An exhibit of PID projects by KU students and faculty will be displayed in the moCOLAB outside the Center. 

A “Building Communities” Pecha Kucha Event will be held Monday June 1 at 5:30 at Foundation Architectural Reclamation in the West Bottoms, 1221 Union Avenue, in Kansas City, Mo. Food will be provided by Port Fonda Taco Bar and a DJ will provide music. Suggested $10 donation. These will go to the best idea presented at the PK. RSVP to  Shannon Criss,

For more information see or contact KU Associate Professor Shannon Criss at

moCOLAB's KU debut to take place in front of Marvin April 10

Next Friday students are invited to visit the moCOLAB as it makes its official KU Campus debut in front of Marvin Hall from 11 a.m.-2:00 pm. It is part of the Big Share, and will feature a display of Public Interest Design projects done by SADP students. What's the moCOLAB? For the past year architecture students under the direction of Architecture Professors Nils Gore and Shannon Criss have been converting a 1972 Airstream trailer into its present form, a mobile classroom and community center. It can be set up temporarily wherever projects make public engagement desirable. The trailer was purchased in the fall of 2013 using a research grant from the Provost's office.  Students enrolled in a third-year architectural design studio taught by Professor Gore, gutted, cleaned, and completely renovated the trailer. Professor Criss joined the effort last summer. Now it is complete, roadworthy, and fitted with a sumptuous interior, handcrafted furniture, lighting and air conditioning, and movable furnishings. See you there!

[RE] Engaged Architecture Symposium: Celebrating 20 Years of Studio 804

The School of Architecture Design & Planning and Studio 804 will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the [RE] Engaged Architecture symposium. It will be held in Lawrence on March 28th at the East Hills Construction Innovation Laboratory. We are hosting six internationally renowned architects, each of whom will lecture. They include Brian MacKay-Lyons, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects; Frank Harmon, Frank Harmon Associates; Andrew Freear, The Rural Studio; Ted Flato, Lake | Flato; Brigitte Shim, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, and Marlon Blackwell, Marlon Blackwell Architects, with remarks by Susan Szenasy, editor, Metropolis magazine. Sorry, this event is sold out!


Makers and Creative Class exhibit at Kansas City Design Center, March 26-April 6

As a part of the Kansas City Design Week celebration, everyone is invited to view an exhibit titled Emerging Economies: KC Makers and the Creative Class Mar. 26 through April 6 at the Kansas City Design Center. University of Kansas architecture students produced the design research and proposals which focus on transforming the Linwood Midtown Neighborhood into a district of creative, collaborative maker-spaces. 

These, in turn, would stimulate the growth of amenities in the area such as pop-up stores, farmers' markets, bike shops and housing. The work was produced in studios taught by KU Associate Professor Shannon Criss and Adjunct Professor Matt Kleinmann. The Kansas City Design Center is located at 1020 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo. A reception will be held opening night, March 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


MoCoLab to display student work during KC Design Week

Save March 27th, 5:00-11:00 p.m., for an appearance by the MoCoLab at the Kansas City Center for Architecture & Design, 1810 McGee, Kansas City, Mo. It's part of Kansas City Design Week Celebration. Associate Prof. Shannon Criss said that the MoCoLab will be outfitted with an exhibit of KU Department of Architecture student work with a special emphasis on public interest design. More KU student work will be displayed at the Kansas City Design Center, 1020 Baltimore. The MoCoLab (short for "mobile collaboratory") is an Airstream trailer that was restored, and made into a mobile community center by students enrolled in Assoc. Professor Nils Gore's Studio 409 class last spring and summer.     


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