Welcome from the Chair
The Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design provides pathways to the design professions in Greater Kansas City. We offer the only accredited professional Urban Planning + Design program in Missouri. Our architecture program leads to the shortest pathway to accredited architecture degrees of any state-funded university program in Missouri. Our Urban Studies program is an undergraduate minor perfect for a future in community development. Whether you are interested in designing stadiums, improving transportation, or planning for a resilient neighborhood; your career in building the future and changing the world starts here.
Kansas City is a global design center. Studying architecture, planning + design in Kansas City gives you the chance to intern with international leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Kansas City is also a city of neighborhoods. We believe in project-based education where you partner with communities to solve problems. No matter what program you choose within our Department, you will be working in the local context. These experiences give you the skills for success after you graduate. Our graduates have a great record securing jobs in greater Kansas City and around the country.
The best way to find out more about our Department and programs is to contact UMKC admissions (https://www.umkc.edu/admissions/contact-us/index.html) and schedule a visit.
Michael Frisch, Ph.D, AICP
Department Chair, Architecture, Urban Planning + Design
Associate Professor, Urban Planning + Design