The Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design (AUP+D) provides numerous opportunities for students to engage in real world, problem-solving projects in our studios and classes. These activities provide a direct connection between the university and the community by engaging students in projects beyond the classroom. Our community partners provide a sounding board for our students’ work, helping our faculty to better prepare our students for the urban challenges facing communities across the region and world.

Academic Programs

Architectural Studies

Since 1987, UMKC has partnered with the Kansas State University to provide a two-year architectural studies curriculum for students interested in architecture, interior architecture/project design or landscape architecture. Students study two years at UMKC and complete an environmental design/architectural curriculum that will prepare them to enter the third year at KSU.

Historic Preservation

This 18-credit Graduate Certificate is designed to prepare a wide variety of professionals to understand, maintain, preserve, adaptably reuse, and advocate for the historic built environment and heritage of places. Drawing on the faculty’s diverse training and experience in preservation practice and deep connections to local, regional, and national preservation networks, the program combines classroom discussion, research projects, and practical experience to provide students with a strong foundation in preservation planning.

Urban Planning + Design

This four year studio-based program leads to a professional BA in Urban Planning + Design. The program puts an emphasis on physical planning and urban design with community and neighborhood based projects assigned over the course of the six semester studio sequence.

Urban Studies Program

The Urban Studies Program draws upon faculty in the College of Arts and Science and the Bloch School of Management to build a curriculum focused on urban social sciences with three areas of emphasis: community development and housing; community organization and social services; and urban policy and management.