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.

Second-Year Architecture: Case Studies

Date: February 5, 2018
Time: 1:30-5:00

Katz Hall

5005 Rockhill Road

Room 101



Students will be presenting their final Case Studies. Open to the public–especially prospective students! Come for as little or as long as you like. It’s a great chance to see what our classes are like.

KSU/UMKC Career Exploration

Date: October 26, 2017
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

POPULOUS Architects

4800 Main St.

Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64112

Career Exploration provides you with the opportunity to learn about Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning & Design and its unique partnership with UMKC, as well as visiting with design professionals who are K-State alumni and meeting other students who are interested in the design and planning professions.

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

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.

Kivett Seligson Lecture

Date: October 18, 2017
Time: 6:30pm

UMKC Student Union Theatre, 5100 Cherry Street
Admission is free and no RSVP is required
Parking is available on level 5 of the Cherry Street garage

 Climate, Culture and Place:
The Airport Reconsidered

with Andrew Thomas,
Aviation Architect Grimshaw Global Architects


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

Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg, Russia

6:30 p.m. | Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
UMKC Student Union Theatre, 5100 Cherry Street
Admission is free and no RSVP is required
Parking is available on level 5 of the Cherry Street garage

Andrew Thomas joined Grimshaw in 2001 in London, becoming a Partner in 2012. In the last decade, Andrew has played a leading role in the development of Grimshaw’s aviation work from his base in the London office. He was central to the development of Grimshaw’s competition-winning design for Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg, and he led successful competition teams on major projects at Frankfurt Airport and the new Moscow Business Airport.

Andrew recently led the Grimshaw team in designing the Istanbul New Airport project, a new six-runway development on the shores of the Black Sea, 35km from the centre of Istanbul, Turkey. The project seeks to provide a generous and modern airport that is inspired by the history and culture of Istanbul. Once opened, it will be the largest single airport terminal building in the world.