Bud Prize 2013: We Have A Winner!

This year’s Bud Prize kicked off with our fourteen second-year architecture students presenting to the competition jury on Thursday, December 5th, then met again (with family, friends and the community at large) on Friday, December 6th for a reception and awards ceremony.

The project this year was a community center (gymnasium, study center, dance studios & and an urban garden) located on what is currently a car lot at 42nd and Troost in the Manheim neighborhood. One of the primary themes of the project was community engagement–how could this help reactivate and reanimate the historic Manheim neighborhood? The students had seven weeks to design and document their community centers.

This year’s jury was composed of: Seft Hunter (local realtor and upcoming president of the Manheim Neighborhood Association), David Oliver (Berkowitz/Oliver and representative of our AUP+D advisory board), Jeff Schutzler (representing Helix Architects, the sponsors of the Bud Prize), Bob Condia (architecture professor at KSU) and our own department head, Joy Swallow.

After reviewing all the projects and deliberating their individual merits, the jury awarded the 2013 Bud Prize to Anna Rayburn. Honorable mentions went to Shayla Curren, Andy Huss, Aaron Bolli and Travis Snell. A big thanks from the UMKC AUP+D to Helix Architects, our distinguished jury and all our tireless students!

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The 2013 Bud Prize

Poster-Option-1The Final Review & Jury
Date: Thursday, December 5th
Time: 1:00 – 6:00pm
Place: Katz Hall, Room 101

The Awards Ceremony, Student Exhibition and Reception
Date: Friday, December 6th
Time: 5pm-7pm
Place: Katz Hall, Room 101

Please join us for the Bud Prize, an annual juried design competition held as part of the second-year architectural studies studio. This year, the students have been asked to design a recreational community center, located on the corner of 42nd St. and Troost Avenue. The students will be asked to present their individual projects during a final review, and will receive feedback from a distinguished jury of academics, architects and local business professionals. The jury is open to all–come for as little or as long as you like.

An awards ceremony will take place the following day, at which the winner will be announced (and all the participant’s work will be exhibited). The reception is open to all (and it’s a great time to learn more about our program!)

Edwin S. “Bud” Persons was a Senior Interior Architect with Helix / Architecture + Design for seven years. As an accomplished interior designer in the industry for nearly 30 years, Bud loved designing corporate and residential interiors where his passion for color, details and unexpected combinations delighted his clients and made him an inspiration to other designers. Helix / Architecture + Design established the Edwin S. “Bud” Persons Award in 2004 to honor the magnetic personality, enthusiasm and many contributions Bud made to this industry. The funds recognize the life and work of Bud Persons by promoting the study and knowledge of architecture and design through a scholarship grant awarded to UMKC students.

Helix / Architecture + Design is an architecture and interior design firm whose purpose is to create meaningful design solutions that make a difference to their clients and the community. Located in the heart of the Crossroads Art District, the firm specializes in corporate, public, residential and hospitality design. For more information, please visit www.helixkc.com.

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Planning Social

UMKC Urban Planning + Design Program will host a social for planning professionals, students, and their friends. We cordially invite everyone who is engaged in planning in our Kansas City metropolitan community.

When: Nov. 12th (Tue), 5:30-7:00 pm

Where: UMKC Katz Hall #101, 5005 Rockhill Rd. Kansas City, MO

This event is to promote interactions in our planning community and to meet new faces. Prof. Stephanie Frank is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Design in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design. Dr. Frank is a planning historian who has expertise in the film industry. She received her doctoral degree from USC in 2013. Mr. Stephen Samuels is an urban planner and new Executive Director of Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). He was former Director of Business Development at Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati. We would like to see more new faces in the event. We look forward to meeting you at UMKC on Tuesday, Nov. 12th!


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KSU + UMKC Summer Design Discovery Program 2014


Are you interested in one of the design fields, but don’t really know which one or what it entails? Here’s your chance to find out!

Kansas City Design Discovery is a one-week intensive studio-based program for students interested in the design professions of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture/Product Design and Urban Planning/Design. If you are considering studies in the design professions, this is your opportunity to find out more about what design professionals do. You will learn the basics of design, start developing the skills needed for success and get the answers you are looking for about design education.

The studio is modeled like a college architectural design studio where students learn the basics of design through several introductory design projects, slideshows and discussions. A portion of the week will be spent visiting professional design offices and other important sites in the Kansas City area.

WHERE: Kansas City Design Discovery will take place at the Katz Hall, Room 101 (5005 Rockhill Road), on the campus of the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

WHEN: The program runs from Monday, June 9th to Friday, June 13th in Summer 2014. We will meet from 9am-3pm, with a break for lunch on-campus.

WHO: This course is for high school students or college students considering studies in architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture/product design and urban planning/design–or for those students who have an interest in the designed environment and would like an introduction to the concepts of this engaging field.

HOW: There are three ways to register. Course fees ($75) may be paid by check, VISA, MasterCard or Discover.  Please make checks payable to the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Registration closes June 1, 2014.  See further down in the post for information about scholarships!

By Mail
Mail class request (“KSU/UMKC Design Discovery Program”) and payment to:
Arts and Sciences Continuing Education
University of Missouri – Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Mo. 64110 – 2499

By Telephone
Call 816-235-2736, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  We accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover.  People with speech or hearing impairments can use Relay Missouri, 1-800-735-2966 (TT) or 1-800-735-2466 (voice).

In Person
Stop by the Volker campus office 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  We are located at 5300 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo. on the first floor.

Scholarships (Deadline April May 1st, 2014)
We have a limited supply of $75 scholarships for those who enroll in this course. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please submit a one-page essay (about 500 words), no later than May 1st, telling us why you are interested in the design professions. Please include your name, address, current status (i.e. “Junior at X High School” or “Freshman at Z Community College” or “not currently enrolled”), and paste the text into an email to Prof. John Eck at eckj@umkc.edu.

If  you have any questions about the course, please email Prof. John Eck at eckj@umkc.edu. (Please note that the program is conducted as a college course; students are not under faculty supervision before and after class, or over lunch break.)

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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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