Helix Prize 2019

It’s almost time! Every year, Helix Architecture + Design sponsors a design competition and scholarship award for our second-year architecture students. This year, the students are designing a community center in Lykins Square, a neighborhood in historic northeast Kansas City. Come sit in on the jury, or our Friday night show of work! Katz Hall is located at 5005 Rockhill Road, KCMO, 64111.

We’re hiring!

Hiring Department
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Architecture & Urban Planning + Design

Job Description
The Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design (AUP+D) is currently seeking an Assistant Professor of Architecture. The person hired for this tenure-track position will direct the first-year Environmental Design curriculum supporting the UMKC Architectural Studies program and the UMKC Urban Planning + Design program. UMKC’s Architectural Studies program is a collaboration with Kansas State University. Required teaching responsibilities include two semesters of first-year design studio and architectural history. Some opportunities exist in the Department to teach digital architecture to design majors and design thinking as a part of general education. Service responsibilities include contributions to program administration (such as advising, recruitment, and coordination with Kansas State) and work advancing diversity and inclusion in the design professions. Some preferred areas of research and professional practice include architectural history, design pedagogy, community design processes, and/or sustainability.

Minimum Qualifications
A MArch degree, progress toward licensure, work experience, and teaching experience. Our preferred candidate will have a passion for teaching design process.

Full Time/Part Time
Full Time, Benefit Eligible,Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

Application Instructions
Application materials for Job Identification 00034774 must be submitted online at https://info.umkc.edu/hr/careers/academic-positions/. For full consideration, submit your application by January 15th, 2020. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Please upload a letter of interest addressing qualifications, a curriculum vitae, a list of three academic and/or professional references with full contact information, and a portfolio documenting academic and/or professional experience. Please note that the maximum file size is 11MB for each document. Additionally, please arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly to Professor Sungyop Kim, Search Committee Chair, via email: kims@umkc.edu by January 15th, 2020.

Questions can be directed to the following e-mail address: aupd@umkc.edu

All final candidates will be required to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to position start date.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor – Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.

Helix Prize 2018

L to R: Joel Burford, Reggie Collier and Trevor Smith
Trevor Smith
Reggie Collier
Joel Burford

The Helix Prize, sponsored by Helix Architecture + Design, is a design competition (and scholarship) held each fall for second-year Architectural Studies students. This year, the student were tasked with designing a neighborhood library in the Columbus Park neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri.

The presentations and jury were held on Thursday, Dec. 6, with an open house and presentation of awards on Friday, Dec. 7. Our winner this year was Joel Burford, with Honorable Mentions going to Reggie Collier and Trevor Smith. Congrats to all for all the hard work!

Rooftop Roundtable for Scholarships

Our very own Ted Seligson laying down some truths at the Rooftop Roundtable last night! The event was organized by the Kansas City Architectural Foundation, and also featured Susan Richards Johnson, Kite Singleton and Steve Paul (as well as 80 attendees!). KCAF does good work raising money for scholarships for local architecture students. If you’d like to learn more (and maybe apply for a scholarship), visit https://www.aiakc.org/about/kansas-city-architectural-foundation

Architectural Studies Students Visit New KSU Architecture Building

First- and second-year students in the UMKC Architectural Studies program got a preview of things to come at Kansas State University’s new Regnier Hall today. The new building links two historic portions of the existing architecture building (Seaton Hall) and creates new studios, workshops, an auditorium and a library. Our students will join the program in their third year.

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.



2016 Bud Prize Announced!

This year’s Bud Prize kicked off with our eleven second-year architecture students presenting to the competition jury on Thursday, December 8th, then met again (with family, friends and the community at large) on Friday, December 9th for a reception and awards ceremony.

This year, the students were challenged to design a live-work bookstore. The program asked the students to a accommodate a bookstore, a cafe, a space for local art, a “hotel” room for overnight stays by visiting authors and, of course, a residence for the bookstore owners. The site was located on 39th Street in Kansas City, Missouri–already a vibrant, eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. The studio was taught by Profs. John Eck and Ted Seligson.

This year’s jury was composed of:
Trevor Hoiland (Helix Architects, Bud Prize Sponsor)
Joy Swallow (UMKC Dept. of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design)
Patricia O’Dell (Writer on Design, UMKC Communications)
Bill Bruning (AUP+D Advisory Board Member)
Jay Siebenmorgen (KSU Dept. of Architecture)

After spending the afternoon reviewing all the projects, the jury awarded the 2016 Bud Prize to Calistro Reyes! Honorable mentions went to Samantha Davis and Tayvia Navy. A big thanks from the UMKC AUP+D to Helix Architects, our distinguished jury and all our tireless students!

This year’s jury, left to right: Trevor Hoiland, Bill Bruning, Patricia O’Dell, Jay Siebenmorgen, Joy Swallow.
2016 Bud Prize Winner: Calistro Reyes
Honorable Mention: Samantha Davis
Honorable Mention: Tayvia Navy
Our Bud Prize Finalists, left to right: Calistro Reyes, Samantha Davis, Tayvia Navy.
Our Bud Prize Finalists, left to right: Calistro Reyes, Samantha Davis, Tayvia Navy.


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 neighborhoods@umkc.edu or 816-921-6931.


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

Second-Year Architectural Review of Work

Date: October 10, 2016
Time: 1:30pm - 5:20pm

Katz Hall, 5005 Rockhill, Room 101

Join us for a review of the second design project by second-year architectural students. The students will present their individual designs, then receive feedback from a jury. All are welcome to attend, stay for as little or as long as you like!