The rise of the design-build approach in the production of buildings has made architectural training as well as a solid grounding in business essential educational elements in the Construction Management profession. The leadership of complex design-build teams that involve architects, engineers, clients, building contractors, building systems experts, and multiple consultants involves knowledge of the many subfields that inform the building process as well as advanced interpersonal and communication skills.
At the same time, the constant emergence of new design and construction technologies, the development and use of new building materials and the application of new performance and sustainability standards highlight the need for architectural training in the development of professional construction managers.
The B.A.-M.C.M. degree path at KU is a cooperative program involving the SADP Architecture Department and the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering in KU’s School of Engineering. It allows architecture students to enroll in construction management courses while they are completing studios, workshops and other courses required in the Architectural Studies degree core. The 154-credit path draws heavily on courses in both schools that directly address the issues described above.
B.A.-M.C.M. students begin with the Architectural Studies core, and move quickly into professional enrichment courses in Construction Management. They must complete one of KU’s Undergraduate Certificate programs (including programs in Leadership and Entrepreneurship) as part of the degree path and they have sufficient general enrichment electives to include a minor in Business as well.