Animal Shelter Design: Student Jury

Date: March 21, 2016
Time: 1:30pm

Katz Hall, 5005 Rockhill, Room 101

Come see the creativity and innovation in our student’s ideas for a new animal shelter in St. Joseph, Missouri. The shelter is raising funds to build a new facility, and our students brainstormed a wide range of approaches for the shelter to use in their campaign. The students will present their projects for feedback to a jury of architects on March 21. A show of the work will occur on April 9th at 2pm, at the same location. All events are open to the public.

Animal Shelter Design: Show of Work

Date: April 9, 2016
Time: 2:00pm

Katz Hall, 5005 Rockhill Road, Room 101

Come see the creativity and innovation in our student’s ideas for a new animal shelter in St. Joseph, Missouri. The shelter is raising funds to build a new facility, and our students brainstormed a wide range of approaches for the shelter to use in their campaign. Lots of great models and drawings to look at! (And maybe be inspired to donate to this great cause.)

Summer Design Discovery Program!

Date: June 6, 2016
Time: 9:00am

Katz Hall, 5005 Rockhill Road, Room 101

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 summer workshop for high school or college students interested in the design professions of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture/Product Design or Urban Planning/Design. If you are considering studies in one of these design fields, this is your opportunity to find out more about what college and your eventual career might be like, as well as learning some great design fundamentals and design history. We’ll also cover how to prepare for college now, what to look for in a collegiate design program, and more about the design program at University of Missouri – Kansas City and our unique partnership with Kansas State University. This non-credit course is modeled after a collegiate architectural design seminar: students learn about the design fields through simple design projects, slideshows and discussions. A portion of each day will be spent touring important design sites near our Kansas City campus. The program meets for four days, from 9am-3pm each day, with a break for lunch. It is held in Katz Hall (5005 Rockhill) on the campus of University of Missouri – Kansas City.


BUD Prize 2015

From left: Olivia Ashbrook, Sam Green, Lauren Silvers

Future architects learn design and responsibility

What does it take to stimulate an appetite for discovery in an urban environment, establish a space to both create and appreciate art, and build a connection among a park, a school, a church and a residential neighborhood?

It takes an architect with an understanding of urban design. And that is the underlying lesson for the second-year students in the Architectural Studies program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Students in Architectural Design Studio I, taught by faculty members John Eck and Ted Seligson in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design, spent much of the semester working on an assignment to design a community art center for the Hyde Park/Manheim Park neighborhood.

A specific site was chosen – the northwest corner of Troost Avenue and Mannheim Road – and students were required to consider the immediate neighborhood’s context: a mix of residential space, parkland, and major buildings such as St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and DeLaSalle Education Center.

“Although the program asks you to provide a pleasing and functional space for a number of art-related activities, your responsibility does not stop there,” the assignment’s creative brief reads. “Your art center has the potential to physically bring the community together—through art shows, classes and other events. When you design the art center, your client is not only the art center—it is also, and perhaps even more importantly, the community.”

The building was required to include an outdoor entry court, entry vestibule, gallery, six artist studios, a wood/metal shop, print shop, outdoor work space and an apartment and studio for a visiting artist.

In addition to learning their future profession, the students also competed for the annual Bud Prize, a $1,000 scholarship established in 2004 with Helix / Architecture + Design to honor Edwin S. “Bud” Persons, who was a Senior Interior Architect with Helix.

First Prize in the competition went to Olivia Ashbrook. Her design called for a steel structure with white metal paneling on inside spaces for a pure, sleek appearance; a central gallery uses glass paneling to allow natural light.

In an accompanying essay, Ashbrook wrote “The gallery became the central focus of this design, or the hierarchy space … located in the center of the building, with the rest of the spaces wrapped around it.”

The gallery can be glimpsed, but not seen fully from the street, she added, so it “becomes something to be discovered, drawing people in off the street.” The design called for a structure built to a residential scale but “the aesthetic is meant to declare a commercial presence.” Exterior louvers are covered by art to shade the studios and act as signage for the center.

Lauren Silvers earned second prize for her design, a square structure with a central courtyard that serves as the heart of the art center, illuminated by a screened skylight, with secondary spaces grouped around it.

Sam Green earned Honorable Mention. Other participating students in the studio included George Aguilar, Elana Carter, Landon Cook, Jadenn Kelley, JD Meyers, Alex Overbay, Dennis Tong, Sam Valenzuela and Charlie Vue.

Jurors for the competition were Joy Swallow, Architect and AUP+D Department Chair; Shannon Jaax, Planner/ Director of the Repurposing Initiative for Kansas City Public Schools; Alissa Wehmueller, Director of Interiors at Helix / Architecture + Design; Jennifer Tuttle, Artist and Artist’s Mentor; and Christopher Fein, Architect and Professor of Architecture at Kansas State University.

(Story via John Martellaro, UMKC Communications)

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Second-Year Architecture Jury

Date: October 12, 2015
Time: 1:30pm-5:30pm

UMKC, Katz Hall, Room 110

A presentation of second-year architecture student work. Public is welcome! This is a great opportunity for potential or future students to see a design studio in action. Feel free to come and go as your schedule requires.

Fall Awards/Bud Prize Reception

Date: December 11, 2015
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

University of Missouri – Kansas City

5005 Rockhill Road

Katz Hall, Room 101

Our fall awards presentation for the annual Bud Prize Competition (second-year architecture students). Come see the projects displayed and stay for the awards presentation. Public is welcome!

Bud Prize Jury

Date: December 10, 2015
Time: 1:00pm-6:00pm

University of Missouri – Kansas City

5005 Rockhill Road

Katz Hall, Room 101

This is the presentation of the second-year architecture studio’s design work for the annual Bud Prize competition. Students will present their work individually and receive feedback from a jury of design professors and local professionals. Public is welcome, feel free to come and go as  you need to. This is a great opportunity for potential or future students to see a studio in action!

Dallas Architecture Field Trip 2015


Every spring, the second-year architecture studio at UMKC joins up with their future Kansas State University classmates and roadtrips to Dallas, Texas. In addition to being just an all-around good time, lessons are learned and some great architecture is seen. Among the highlights: the Modern Art Museum by Tadao Ando (pictured above), the Winspear Opera House by Norman Foster, the Wyle Theater by Rem Koolhaus/REX, the Kimball Art Museum by Louis Kahn, the Nasher Sculpture Center by Renzo Piano, the Perot Science Center by Morphosis, the Dallas Symphony Center by I.M. Pei, the Cistercian Abby Chapel by Gary Cunningham . . . and much, much more!


2015 Architecture Internships

Students in their fourth year of study at Kansas State University can choose to either study abroad or go on an internship. Five of our UMKC alums choose internship this year, and were hired at great firms around the county (and world). Here’s a list:

Joel Savage: HDR Architects in Denver, Colorad0

Frederik Heuser: Beat Kampfen in Zurich, Switzerland

Brendan Tucker: Studio MODH in Brooklyn, New York

Nathan Mattenlee: HTK Architects in Overland Park, Kansas

Jack LaFontaine: Ann Beha Architects in Boston, Massachusetts

Congratulations to them all!