AUP+D Design Patronage Lecture

Good design does not happen without someone willing to employ a designer or engage in a design process–a design patron.  A design patron is someone who challenges a professional designer to solve a pressing problem. Good design contributes to human physical and mental well-being and it improves the public realm while facilitating civic engagement. This lecture series is intended to illustrate how good design happens in our city.

Please join us for a talk with our latest Design Patron, Tom McDonnell.

Monday, 14 October, 2013 
Katz Hall
Room 101


Thomas A. (Tom) McDonnell is the president and chief executive officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Previously, he was chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, a role he had since 2006. He was elected to the Kauffman board in 2003.

In 2012, McDonnell retired from DST Systems, Inc., which he joined in March of 1969 and served as president and CEO from 1973 to 2012. Headquartered in Kansas City, DST is a publicly traded company that employs over 11,000 associates, both domestically and internationally and is a global leader in providing information processing and computer software services and products to the financial services, communications, and healthcare industries.

McDonnell serves on the boards of Kansas City Southern and Euronet and has served on the boards of Garmin, Cerner, Computer Sciences Corporation, BHA Group, Commerce Bancshares, and Blue Valley Ban Corp, among others. His service to Kansas City includes work with numerous prominent nonprofit institutions, including as chairman of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City United Way Campaign, and the Union Station Project Committee, and on the boards of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, MRI Global, Rockhurst University, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

McDonnell has been recognized with various honors, including Kansas Citian of the Year, 2003; the William Jewell College Yates Medallion for Distinguished Civic Service; and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurion Leadership Award. In 2004, McDonnell received an honorary Doctorate of Law from the Pepperdine University George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management. He received a BSBA degree in accounting from Rockhurst University, and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.


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AUP+D Open House!

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Study in the city, experience it first-hand, develop professional mentors, and get an internship! These are just a few of the advantages in studying at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design.

Come meet our faculty, students and alumni, tour our newly renovated facilities and see an exhibition of student work!


Saturday, November 9, 2013
9:00am Introduction
9:30am    AUPD Presentation; Q & A
10:30am  Katz Hall Tours
11:00am  Campus Tours

Katz Hall
5005 Rockhill Road (Corner of 50th & Rockhill)

Please RSVP here.

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Internships for Architects

It’s not news that employment for architects has been in a dip for a few years. The good news is that the dip definitely appears to be on the upswing. This trend is reflected in some outstanding internships by our UMKC alums now in their final years at KSU.

In the second semester of their fourth-year of study, students are given the option of study abroad or an internship (spring semester + summer). KSU has a strong record of placing interns in top-level offices around the country. See below for a list of our alum’s placement for 2013 (and visit the web pages to see some great work). Congratulations to all of them!

Jacob Baker
Spillman Farmer Architects
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Katie Bauer
Oak Point Associates
Biddeford, Maine

Jack Booten
Ann Beha Architects
Boston, Massachusetts

Mohammed Dinn
Perkins Eastman Architects
New York, New York

Taryn Klein
Incite Design Studio
Overland Park, Kansas

Nick Kratz
Ennead Architects
New York, New York

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After Hours: Dr. Jacob Wagner

Strumming the Right Chord: Jacob Wagner, Associate Professor

Strumming the Right Chord: Jacob Wagner, Associate Professor

Jacob Wagner, Associate Professor in Architecture, Urban Planning + Design started playing the guitar in high school before getting his hands on an old mandolin when he was in college. From the first strum, he was hooked. Today, he plays with a local swing and jazz trio named the Village Gypsy Jazz Band, and he sits on with one of his favorite bands, Truckstop Honeymoon, whenever they are in town. “Playing an instrument is a completely different kind of mental and physical exercise than being an educator, scholar and urban planner,” he says. “I get to use a different part of my brain.”

- excerpt from Perspectives, Spring 2013

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Brian Jackson and Chayton True share 2013 JC Nichols Student Prize

The Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design is pleased to announce that Brian Jackson and Chayton True are the 2013 winners of the JC Nichols Prize Student Prize. Both projects examined the impact of moving I-35 on the Crossroads and Westside neighborhoods in Kansas City. The projects were selected by a jury of professionals from eleven projects examining “The Broadway Corridor” in Kansas City.

Brian Jackson’s project shown in Figure 1, examined the impact of developing a multi-modal transit station on Broadway across from Bartle Hall. Brian Jackson used the present I-35 right of way for the development of a light rail line that would connect Johnson County with Downtown Kansas City. The removal of the expressway allows for the development of a neighborhood just west of the Kauffman Performing Arts Center. A platform extends over the north side of I-670 allowing the construction of a convention hotel and a new luxury high rise apartment tower.

Brian Jackson's winning design for the Broadway Corridor.

Brian Jackson’s winning design for the Broadway Corridor.

Chayton True’s design examined the intersection of Southwest Boulevard and West Pennway. Chayton True redesigned almost all of the circulation routes including I-35, Broadway, West Pennway and Pershing Road. His design creates a new node that opens up for redevelopment when I-35 is removed as shown in Figure 2.

Chayton True's winning design for the Broadway Corridor

Chayton True’s winning design for the Broadway Corridor


The JC Nichols Prize is given to the best student projects in the Junior level studio of the Urban Planning + Design program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The prize has been generously funded by gifts from the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation and from individual donors.

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18 UMKC UPD students attend national American Planning Association Conference in Chicago, IL

The AUPD student planning organization – Planning and Design Students (PDS) organized 18 Urban Planning + Design students to attend the National Conference of the American Planning Association from April 13-17, 2013. Students met practicing planners, attended workshops and explored Chicago. Attending national conferences such as the American Planning Association meetings gives both students and faculty up-to-date information about the practice of planning.

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Prof. Kim’s Appointment to the Transportation Research Board

Prof. Kim has been invited to serve a three-year appointment on the Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies.

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2013 Planning Internship Fair

AUP+D hosted the Second Annual Kansas City Metro Planning Internship Fair on April 5th (Friday), 2013. The fair was sponsored by the American Planning Association Kansas City Metro Section (KC-APA). Fifteen employers from the public, private, and non-profit sectors and more than thirty students from Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, and UMKC participated in the internship fair. KC-APA and the Missouri Chapter of American Planning Association (MO-APA) generously donated food and drinks for a social after the event.

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2013 Internship Seminar

UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning & Design had a resume and interview seminar for planning students on March 15th, 2013. The event (“Speed Networking”) was organized by the American Planning Association Kansas City Metro Section. Ten planning professionals came for the event to help UMKC planning students. The event provided an opportunity for the students to interact with professional planners and to develop their resumes and interview skills. Special thanks to Sara Copeland, AICP, City Planner at City of Grandview, who made this event possible.

Photo by courtesy of Stephen Lachky

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Kansas City Metro Planning Internship Fair on April 5th (Friday), 2013

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