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

Comments
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.

2019 Nichols Prize Winners Announced

 

Thomas Meyer’s project “Residents and Rain Gardens” won First Place in the 2019 Nichols Prize for Urban Planning + Design. This project proposed a combination of a dense new urban neighborhood along Troost Avenue from 64rd Street to 65th Street as well as an additional urban park on the east side of the site. Several videos show his plans for the Landing Site through his digital model: https://youtu.be/a2_lBxcIHjk, https://youtu.be/7CCG4J86ZyM

 

Jared Islas was awarded Second Place in the 2019 Nichols Prize Competition for his project “The Promenade.”

Bradley Hocevar won Honorable Mention for his project “Market Square at The Landing.”

 

Ryan Deeken was also given Honorable Mention for his project “The Resilient Landing”

 

The JC Nichols Student Prize competition is open to all students in the Junior level Urban Planning + Design studio UPD 312. The Nichols Prize is generously supported by the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

UPD Student Jared Islas Awarded Transportation Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Portland, OR

Junior Urban Planning + Design student Jared Islas will spend the summer researching transportation planning at Portland State University in Portland, OR.

UPD junior Jared Islas
UPD junior Jared Islas

Jared was selected among a competitive pool of undergraduate students across the country and the globe to participate in the Transportation Undergraduate Research Fellowship (TURF) sponsored by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) at Portland State. NITC is one of five U.S. Department of Transportation national university transportation centers and a program of the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State.

Jared will spend 10 weeks researching with Nathan McNeil, a Research Associate in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. Jared will receive a $7,500 stipend for his work this summer.

Urban Planning + Design is the only PAB accredited planning progam in Missouri.

The BA in Urban Planning + Design at UMKC is the only PAB accredited planning program in Missouri. Planning accreditation ensures that program graduates meet the standards necessary for professional planning practice.

Urban Planning + Design students take a rigorous 3-year studio sequence in planning + design, complete a professional planning internship, and graduate with a portfolio of skills. Graduates use this portfolio to show their capabilities to perspective employers. UPD alums work in New Zealand, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Colorado, Texas, Virginia and DC as well as in Missouri and Kansas. Our grads have gone to some of the best graduate schools in country.

Apply now for Fall 2019! https://www.umkc.edu/apply/

For more information about UMKC Urban Planning + Design, contact Program Director Michael Frisch, PhD, AICP at frischm@umkc.edu.

Information about planning accreditation may be found here:  http://www.planningaccreditationboard.org/index.php?id=30

 

 

 

 

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!

Billie Hufford

Senior UPD Billie Hufford Recognized as a Spring 2018 Honor Recipient

Senior Urban Planning + Design major Billie Hufford has been selected as one of 19 Spring 2018 Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Honor Recipients. Graduating students are recognized for their leadership and service to UMKC and the community. Billie and the other award recipients will be celebrated at a breakfast on May 11.

Billie Hufford is a dedicated student and outstanding leader. I’ve observed her dedication and leadership in and out of the classroom, particularly her assistance and mentoring of other students. As a nontraditional student, Billie has brought her wide variety of experience to multiple organizations at UMKC, including the LGBTQIA Affairs Council, the Student Activity Fee Committee (SAFC), Planning + Design Students (PDS), and the UMKC chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). Billie applied the knowledge she gained with SAFC to PDS and APWA, connecting more students to resources and professional development opportunities. She has been an active participant of and ambassador for the UMKC Undergraduate Research program. Billie has translated the knowledge and skills she’s acquired from her studies at UMKC to improve Kansas City neighborhoods through volunteer efforts with the Northeast Office of the Mattie Rhodes Center and the Marlborough Community Coalition’s Economic Development Board. Billie has also volunteered with other local organizations, including KCUR, Cultivate KC, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and multiple LGBTQIA organizations, including annual participation in AIDS Walk Kansas City.

Billie graduates this month with a B.A. in Urban Planning + Design, a Sustainability minor, and an undergraduate GIS certificate. After graduation Billie will begin her new position with the City of Grandview as a planner and building inspector.

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.