Stephen Grabow

School of Architecture, Design & Planning
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Urban Planning, University of Washington
Primary office:
Marvin Hall, 417
University of Kansas
1465 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045



Ph.D., Urban Planning, University of Washington
M.Phil., Urban Planning, University of Washington
Postgraduate Study (Landscape Architecture), Landscape Architecture, University of California at Berkeley
M.Arch., Urban Design, Pratt Institute
B.Arch., University of Michigan

Academic Areas

  • Architecture

Research Interests:

The relationship between architecture, art and science; intellectual biography; the history of urban form; functionalist theory and aesthetics; urban design

Courses Currently Taught

  • Arch. 200 Architectural Design I (6)
  • Arch 401 Architectural Design VI (6)
  • Arch 600 The Language of Modern Architecture
  • Arch 665 History of Urban Design
  • Arch 705 Graduate Design Studio in Berlin (6)


  • B.Arch., Michigan, 1965
  • M.Arch., Pratt Institute, 1966
  • Landscape Architecture, UC Berkley, 1966-67
  • Ph.D., Washington, 1973

Fellowships and Grants:

  • American Fulbright Commission
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • Hall Center for the Humanities


  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
  • American Institute of Architects (Kansas City Chapter)
  • Danish International Studies Program
  • School of Architecture & Urban Design (Bradley Award)

Books & Monographs

  • Christopher Alexander: The Search for a New Paradigm in Architecture
  • Architectural Education: Where We Are (co-author)
  • Architecture and the Future (co-author)

Selected Articles:

Going After the Avant-Garde: Architectural Aesthetics and the Spirit of Advertising,” The Structurist, 45/46; “Towards an Aesthetics of Function,” The Structurist, 39/40; “The Role of Memory in the Perception of Architecture: Reading the Trenton Bath House from Auschwitz,” The Structurist, 37/38; Organic and Mechanical Form Principles,” The Structurist, 35/36; From Goethe to Chaos: Creativity in Morphic Analogues,” The Structurist, 33/34; “Frozen Music: The Bridge between Art and Science,” Companion to Contemporary Architectural Thought; “Sailboat and Sonatas,” Art & Academe; “The Science of Design,” ReVision Journal; Frank Lloyd Wright and the American City, AIP Journal; “The Hidden Structure of Children’s Play in an Urban Environment,” The Behavioral Basis of Design; “The Outsider in Retrospect: E.A. Gutkind, AIP Journal; “Foundations for a Radical Concept of Planning,” AIP Journal