Stephen Pociluyko, Intern @ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Stephen Pociluyko: 2017 Urban Planning Internship @U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters in Kansas City, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Stephen Pociluyko of Newport News, Va., has recently accepted a position with the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Pociluyko joins the Kansas City District from the Marine Corps. Pociluyko’s new position will be as a Student Trainee as Geographer Intern, with responsibilities for creating and updating Department of Defense maps using Arc Geographic Information Systems as well as supporting the district with site analysis and field surveys.

He is on track to graduate in 2019 from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and is seeking a degree in Urban Planning and Design and an undergraduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

The Kansas City District is a team of dedicated professionals with a strong heritage and proven results who, in collaboration with our partners, proudly serve in the Heartland providing leadership, technical excellence, and innovative solutions to the nation’s most complex problems.

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Review: The Urban House & Garden

Date: May 3, 2017
Time: 9:00 am-12:00

UMKC Campus
Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design
5005 Rockhill Road, Katz Hall 101
Kansas City, Missouri    
parking across Rockhill Rd. directly west of Katz Hall 
   free & open to the public!

The first year Architectural Studies students are working on a residence in the Lykins Neighborhood at Norton & 7th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. If you are a prospective student and want to see what it is like in a studio review—please plan on coming! You can stay for as long as you like!

2017 Truman Bootstrap Awardee

Cameron Casey, has been selected as a 2017 Harry S. Truman Bootstrap awardee. Chosen in a competitive process among UMKC undergraduate applicants, he will join interns from the other University of Missouri campuses living together in condos near the Capitol in Washington DC and working in offices of Missouri representatives and senators.

Cameron Casey, is a Urban Planning and Design major. He will be assigned to governmental offices (legislative or administrative) and will work with identified mentors this summer.

Being an intern in Washington can be an exciting and rewarding experience, with an endless number of monuments and museums to visit, people from a variety of places to network with—and an amazing chance to involve oneself in the exciting and fast-paced daily life on Capitol Hill.

Power Tools for Neighborhoods

CFN graduation 2016

Center for Neighborhoods celebrates first class of newly empowered leaders and advocates

The first cohort of neighborhood leaders and advocates has graduated from the new Center for Neighborhoods  at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The group of 26, representing 18 different Kansas City neighborhoods, spent 12 weeks in a Neighborhood Leadership Capacity Training program that started in June. Programming covered topics including neighborhood planning and development, health and safety, governance and leadership, and technology and communication.

The Center for Neighborhoods is a project of UMKC’s Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design. Missouri State Senator Shalonn (Kiki) Curls, a strong and early supporter of the Center, attended the graduation ceremony Aug. 29 and congratulated the neighborhood leaders, offering words of encouragement and support along with AUP+D Chair Joy Swallow, AUPD Prof. Jacob Wagner and Center for Neighborhoods Director Dina Newman.

Senator Curls graduation 2016

Missouri State Senator Shalonn (Kiki) Curls consults with Center director Dina Newman.

“We are so proud of these neighborhood leaders, advocates and residents who dedicated over two hours every Monday for 12 weeks to hone their leadership skills with the purpose of building capacity in their neighborhood associations,” Newman said. “Each neighborhood is different, so the goal of the program is to provide neighborhood leaders with a tool kit of capabilities to empower them to achieve whatever goals they set for their individual neighborhood. Our goal is for leaders and residents to be empowered, equipped and encouraged.”

The Center was created to help expand the capacity of neighborhood leaders and organizations in the Kansas City, Missouri area, providing technical assistance, leadership training and capacity building to address the challenges of neighborhood revitalization in Kansas City. The Center for Neighborhoods is located at 4747 Troost, Suite 222.

The Center will support community-based partnerships in urban planning that are the core mission of the AUP+D Department and a key component of UMKC’s urban mission.

Newman said another goal of the center is to foster collaboration among neighborhoods. By going through Center programs together, neighborhood leaders meet, form bonds and learn to become co-advocates for each other, eventually leading to a critical mass of neighborhood advocacy and activism across the city.

Before joining CFN, Dina Newman was Health Initiatives Manager and Advocate for Change at the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council. Wagner, associate professor of Urban Planning + Design, is Faculty Director of the center. He is Director of UMKC’s Urban Studies Program.

For more information, contact the Center at or 816-921-6931.


Vicki Noteis: Kansas City Focus Plan

Date: September 19, 2016
Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Katz Hall, rm. 101

sponsored by: Planning & Design Students (PDS) and American Public Works Association (APWA)

Katz Hall, rm. 101

sponsored by: Planning & Design Students (PDS) and American Public Works Association (APWA)

Shaping Cities: The Architect as Community Organizer

John Ruble
Moore, Ruble, Yudell Architects & Planners

Please RSVP here.

As co-founder and partner in the Santa Monica, California-based architectural firm Moore, Ruble,
Yudell, John Ruble has collaborated on a broad spectrum of residential, academic, cultural,
and urban design work in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Ruble examines urban design issues now confronting Kansas City and other metropolitan areas in
the latest Kivett/Seligson Lecture. Ruble also discusses his work, and that of his firm,
and its emphasis on creating meaningful, memorable, and sustainable places.

Kivett / Seligson Lecture Series, Sponsored by the UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design

Samuel Valenzuela / Architecture


Samuel Valenzuela Is A Veteran Who Wants To Build For Veterans

Why architecture?

I grew up with family members who were in construction and landscaping. I’d watch them, and was always curious about their solution. I played with Lego bricks, I drew and made things. I liked putting things together.

What excites you?

New projects and the design process. I dream about building things and think about all of the details.

Who do you admire most at UMKC?

(Associate Teaching Professor) John Eck. I attended a summer architecture class in high school in 2008, which he taught. It made me come back after serving in the military.

What motto do you live by?

Semper Fi. Always faithful. I served in the Marines. I lived and traveled in Japan and Europe. I met interesting people,

How has the architecture program inspired you?

I want to design for veterans who require assistance.

Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?

That in order to influence a whole group, it’s important to talk to different programs around campus.

Are you a first-generation college student?

Yes, it means that I have to try ever harder to set an example for my younger siblings.

What are your lifelong goals?

To start a firm.

What is one word that best describes you?

Curious. Curiosity has made me take paths in life that most people would not have.


Every detail has purpose



Urban Planning + DesignCollege of Arts and Sciences | 2018

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How has your college program inspired you?

In the AUP+D Program at UMKC, inspiration is effortless. Everyday I am inspired to see things through different lenses; to understand the root of human tendencies in order to better accommodate their behavior. We are not only taught to be great planners but also to be great citizens in the way we are inspired to regard other people.

Since entering college, what have you learned about yourself?

I hate to be a cliché, as do most students who are trying to capture their individualistic essence at this stage in their lives, but college has in every way opened my eyes. Since entering, I have learned that I can be wrong, and there is no shame in it. The shame is realizing I am wrong and not changing my outlook and strategy. With this I have learned that limitations only exist when I choose not to work. I have the capability of achieving greatness, and if great things were easy, they would not be great, they would simply be.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received from a professor?

The best and my favorite piece of advice came from my environmental design professor, Rebecca Riden. It is a course in the architecture program we are all required to take in AUP+D and she says: When designing a building you must never slap anything on it, to make sure no matter how small the detail that it has a purpose. As a planner and a person, this remains useful. I make sure everything I do in life is purposeful, and as a result I walk with purpose; never aimlessly.

Who do you admire most at UMKC?

I admire the professors and the people running the AUP+D program. Joy D. Swallow, Stella Szymanski, Michael Frisch, Ted Seligson, Jacob Wagner, Sungyop Kim, Rebecca Riden, John Eck, Stephanie Frank, the people who make sure our building stays clean, and all of the people who play a hand in its functionality who I did not mention. These professors not only have incredible patience with us, but they also are constantly working on other projects outside of Katz Hall. They are practicing planners and architects. Meanwhile creating and being a part of beautiful things, they are playing the roles of our second parents in the way they take us in our rawest stages in these professions, pushing us in the hardest directions, and teaching us that a problem is only as big as we allow it to be. They go above and beyond my expectations, and I am incredibly grateful for their lessons and support.

Are you a first-generation college student?

My mother attended college but never finished. Given my Hispanic heritage and culture this means a lot. We are taught that family is the most important factor in our lives. Because I am one of the eldest of my generation, and the oldest of six children, it is my job to set the example for not only my siblings but also my younger cousins. If I do not finish, I am showing about 30 to 40 younger children that it is OK to leave things undone; and that is not what I am working toward. Being a first-generation college student I have the opportunity to inspire my family members, and hopefully allowing this effect to snowball towards inspiring other Hispanic youth who may come from unconventional circumstances.

What’s your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is losing sight of my motives. I am working towards doing what I love, not what will be the most profitable. I cannot forget that humanity deserves to remain my top priority.

What is one word that best describes you?

I would like to think that one word that best describes me is dynamic. As an adjective, it is characterized by constant change, activity or progress, but as a noun, it is one that motivates, affects development or stability. I hope to do all of those things. I hope to never remain stagnant, to always progress and in doing so, motivating my family and peers to burst past the barriers with me in efforts to achieve the greatest of things.