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How University Construction Projects Offer Opportunities to Reform Architecture Education

09:30 - 28 January, 2016
How University Construction Projects Offer Opportunities to Reform Architecture Education, University of Kansas, The Forum at Marvin Hall, 2014. Image © James Ewing Photography
University of Kansas, The Forum at Marvin Hall, 2014. Image © James Ewing Photography

There is a dichotomy to the business of educating architects. While the real world profession is a collaborative field, one in which projects of even the largest and most publicly-acclaimed offices are team-led initiatives, the study of architecture is often insular, myopic, and devoid of such partnerships. Certainly there is a benefit to this style of teaching - it builds confidence for one thing - but it is troubling to think that in a socially-oriented and practically-minded field like architecture, there can be such major disconnects between the process of designing and the act of building. As many critics of current architectural education have pointed out, incorporating design-build projects into school curriculums is a pragmatic solution oriented towards correcting such imbalances.

The fact that more schools don't have programs for students to both design and build their projects is especially perplexing when most universities, particularly those located in the United States, are in such a prolonged period of institutional and budgetary expansion. With many schools now governed like corporate entities, it’s surprising that architecture programs and students are not treated like in-house resources. Why aren’t architecture students treated like assets, the same way that student doctors and nurses are brought into university led medical facilities or scientists into campus research labs?

Munroe Meyer Institute, Exterior Rendering, Design: Brett Virgl, Ruth Barankevich. Image Courtesy of College of Architecture University of Nebraska–Lincoln Munroe Meyer Institute, Exterior Rendering, Design: Lily Cai & Phuong Nguyen. Image Courtesy of College of Architecture University of Nebraska–Lincoln University of Kansas, Ecohawks Research Facility, 2013. Image Courtesy of Studio 804 University of Kansas, Center for Design Research, 2011. Image Courtesy of Studio 804 + 32

The Forum / Studio 804

10:00 - 13 January, 2016
The Forum / Studio 804, © James Ewing Photography
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© James Ewing Photography © James Ewing Photography © James Ewing Photography © James Ewing Photography + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lawrence, KS, United States
  • Area

    3000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015

The Sustainable Prototype / Studio 804

00:00 - 13 February, 2011
The Sustainable Prototype / Studio 804, Courtesy of Studio 804
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Greensburg, Kansas, USA
  • Project Team

    Zack Arndt, Sarah Boedeker, Krissy Buck, Jessica Buechler, Mark Cahill, Chris Clark, Justin Cratty, Corey Davis, Lindsey Evans, John Gillham, Erik Heironimus, Abby Henson, Boyd Johnson, Jenny Kenne Kivett, Will Lockwood, Simon Mance, Tim Overstreet, Katie Rietz, Corey Russo, Josh Somes, John Tarr, Megan Thompson
  • Engineer

    Norton & Schmidt
  • Contractor

    Studio 804
  • Client

    5.4.7 Arts Center
  • Area

    1600.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2008

Sustainable Residence / Studio 804

01:00 - 8 February, 2011
Sustainable Residence / Studio 804, Courtesy of Studio 804
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  • Architects

    Studio 804, Inc.
  • Location

    Kansas City, United States
  • Project Architect

    Dan Rockhill, JL Constant Distinguished Professor of Architecture, University of Kansas
  • Project Team

    lison Lampier, Andrew Thomas, Becca Maness, Caleb Reed, Collin Jacobs, Danielle Blodgett, Erik Biggs, Garret Wilson, Jason Sadler, Jesse Brubacher, Josh Bender, Megin Sevier, Molly Fogarty, Patrick Noble, Sam Edelstein, Ben Chapman, Blake Perkins, Frank Lindemann, Jared Eder, Kate Frick, Kyle Davis, Stephanie Winn
  • Engineer

    Norton & Schmidt
  • Contractor

    Studio 804, Inc.
  • Area

    2400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009

Prescott Passivhaus / Studio 804

00:00 - 4 February, 2011
Prescott Passivhaus / Studio 804, Courtesy of Studio 804
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kansas City, United States
  • Project Team

    CJ Armstrong, Elizabeth Beckerle, Joshua Brown, William Doran, Colleen Driver, Laura Foster, Joel Garcia, Tyler Harrelson, Lauren Hickman, Aaron Jensen, Matthew Johnson, Daniel Lipscomb, Daniel Matchett, Jennifer Mayfield, Katherine Morell, Tye Zehner
  • Engineer

    Norton & Schmidt
  • Contractor

    Studio 804
  • Area

    1700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010