The Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design will be joining the new UMKC School of Science in Engineering on July 1, 2022. Come to UMKC and learn to build the cities of tomorrow with programs in Architecture, Urban Planning + Design, Civil Engineering and Environmental Studies.
The UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design (AUPD) stands in solidarity with the African American community and communities of color in Kansas City and nationwide against racism and injustice.
The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and too many others, and the police brutality that continues to threaten the quality of life in American cities, is untenable.
We are deeply concerned for the safety of our students, our neighborhood partners and leaders, our colleagues, and their families.
We know that many African American families have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID19 pandemic and were already suffering from great personal and family losses. Our heart goes out to you – our colleagues, friends and neighbors.
As educators and professionals, we are well aware of our responsibility to promote the values of equity and social justice. Hate, white supremacy, and racism have no place in our society – and especially in the public institutions that have been established to serve and protect.
The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Code of Ethics makes it abundantly clear that social justice is our responsibility:
We shall seek social justice by working to expand choice and opportunity for all persons, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration. We shall urge the alteration of policies, institutions, and decisions that oppose such needs.[i]
The American Institute of Architects has also adopted policies and programs related to equity, diversity and inclusion.[ii] We support the local and national American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Planning Association (APA) statements against racism and violence against African Americans and communities of color. We urge these professional organizations to invest significant financial and professional resources to help rebuild urban neighborhoods equitably, to fight racism within the professions across the country, and to expand access to planning and architecture for marginalized communities.
The AUPD faculty commit ourselves to anti-racism as a core principle of our approach to social justice in our teaching, research and service. The UMKC Center for Neighborhoods in AUPD reaffirms its mission to serve the Kansas City community, including many neighborhoods that have struggled to survive and thrive despite generations of disinvestment and racially-biased policies, through research and outreach.
For more information, please contact: 816-235-1725.
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.
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.
Junior Urban Planning + Design student Jared Islas will spend the summer researching transportation planning at Portland State University in Portland, OR.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Information about planning accreditation may be found here: http://www.planningaccreditationboard.org/index.php?id=30
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!
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.
This year’s workshop is June 4-6. See the button marked “Design Discovery” on our home page for more info!