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.

Second-Year Architecture: Case Studies

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

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.