100 years of architectural education at KU

The excellence of the KU Architecture Program and its students and alumni derives, in large measure, from the excellence of its faculty. Since Goldwin Goldsmith started building a program and a faculty a hundred years ago, this faculty has been characterized by a living connection to the most important and respected intellectual trends and movements in architectural education, by a cosmopolitanism that includes professional experiences in architecturally important centers of activity, by personal contacts and experiences with some of the leading and legendary members of the field, by a diversity of training and experience that is international in scope and attitude, by an affinity for rational and scientific approaches to architectural design and an openness to experimentation, and finally, by an aesthetic sensibility that is at once historically cultivated and socially humane. In this next decade that will lead to our Centennial in 2013, we share a unique and remarkable heritage—the historical momentum of excellence in architectural education.

 


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The School of Architecture, Design & Planning mourns the passing of of our friend and mentor Professor Wojciech Lesnikowski who died April 17th after a courageous battle against cancer. “Wojciech joined our Architecture program in 1988. He served the program, the school, and KU with passion and distinction. He was a respected and admired member of our faculty and a teacher beloved by his students,” said Dean John Gaunt. He led the Architecture Department’s foreign studies programs in Paris and China, and he was also a professor of architecture at the Ecole Superieure d’Architecture Val de Seine, Paris, and the Technical University of Krakow. He worked in Poland for several years after receiving a Master of Architecture, Engineering and Planning from the Krakow School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and in 1965 he was given an internship to the Paris office of the renowned architect Le Corbusier. A few years later he found himself working in Chicago, where he said he learned, “American dynamism, optimism and a global view.” In addition to his teaching career, Lesnikowski designed buildings in the U.S., Paris, and Poland. He lectured at many universities including Syracuse, Yale and Cornell, the Polytechnics of Oxford, Delft, Prague, Geneva and the Ecole Speciale d’ Architecture in Paris. Last year he was awarded the city of Krakow's Laurel Award, its highest honor. His work has been published in dozens of architectural magazines, books, monographs and research publications. “We mourn the loss of a ‘larger than life’ architect and educator, and honor all that he contributed to us during the 26 years he served here. The life he lived was truly remarkable.a" Details regarding a memorial service will be forthcoming.
KU-Van Go partnership supports young people in need Van Go, a Lawrence social service agency, and student interns from the University of Kansas use art to teach job and life skills to high-needs youth. Since the program was established in 1997, hundreds of teens in crisis have found success as they create art for the community. In 2013, Van Go and KU received the inaugural Outstanding Community & Campus Collaboration Award at the Campus Compact Heartland Conference on Civic Engagement. The award recognizes an outstanding, involved, and sustained campus--community partnership.


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