J. ONeil Cole student presentation

AUPD congratulates Pendulum Studio on 10 year anniversary!

Congrats to Jonathan, Devan and Pendulum Studio on 10 years well spent!

Ten years ago, architect Jonathan O’Neil Cole was kind enough to donate his time to work with our Urban Planning and Design students on a 3-day charrette exploring how to (re)connect 18th and Vine to the Crossroads (sound familiar?)…

This month his firm with Devan Case celebrates ten years in the business.


In the spring of 2007, we worked with Jonathan and guest designer Walter Hood of Hood Studio to explore four themes that would help to bridge the gap between east and west along 18th Street: Architecture, Infrastructure, Monument and Landscape – a four part design process informed by the 4/4 time signature of Kansas City jazz. It was a blast and we all enjoyed working with Jonathan, Walter and a variety of awesome designers. You can check out the work here: http://acityatthecrossroads.umkc.edu/plan.html

Recent alumni honoree Stephen Risse and KCMO city planner Ashley Winchell were among the students that participated.

Thanks to Pendulum and all of the Kansas City firms that make our studio-based design pedagogy possible.



First-Year Planning Field Trip

During our fourth annual planning field trip with first-year students in the Urban Planning + Design program, we finally made it to the Kansas City, Missouri City Hall observation deck (it was closed during previous trips).  After speaking with a planner on the 15th floor, we walked to Louis Berger to learn what AUP+D alums are working on. We rode the streetcar to Union Station and walked to lunch at Crown Center before returning to campus on the Main MAX bus.

It’s that time of year… Final reviews! You’re invited.

Our students have been busy all semester….

Please swing by Katz Hall in the next few days and see our students in action during final reviews and presentations…

Pavilion Project – first year studio
9 December / Katz Hall, 101, 107

Valentine Neighborhood / Site alternatives for
Urban Planning and Design I
2:30 pm
Katz Hall 101

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2015 Alumni Honoree: Bart Rudolph

The UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design honored Bart Rudolph (Urban Planning + Design, Class of 2006) as the 2015 Alumni Honoree. Bart gave a 40 minute talk at Katz Hall on Friday evening, April 17 touching on major milestones in his career from UMKC to his present position as Senior Transportation Planner of Kittelson & Associates Inc. of Anchorage Alaska.





bartUMKC  Not the typical image of urban planning!

Bart’s post UMKC career in transportation planning started at the Mid America Regional Council, Kansas City’s metropolitan planning organization (MPO). From MARC he moved to Lawrence, Kansas where he worked on pedestrian and bicycle planning. However, the big change in his career was when he accepted a position in Alaska. He worked on multi-modal transportation plans that included planning for ferries, airports, snowmachines, and boardwalks as well as typical highway and rail connections.


Images from Bart’s trips to support the Yukon Kuskokwim Transportation Plan, an area of Western Alaska.

Bart Rudolph’s professional planning experience shows that careers in Urban Planning + Design can take you to some of the most beautiful and wild scenery in the United States and the world: