The School of Architecture & Design is at the western end of Jayhawk Boulevard on the Lawrence campus. It occupies several large adjacent buildings with additional facilities in Lawrence and Kansas City.
The School has been headquartered in Marvin Hall since its founding. The main administrative offices are there along with the departmental offices for Architecture and Design.
The 130,000-square-foot Chalmers Hall (formerly the Art & Design Building), next to Marvin Hall, houses the main design department programs, including studios, classrooms and Letterpress lab. The building also houses the 2,100-square-foot Art & Design Gallery, which features new exhibits every two weeks and is an important component of the teaching mission. Each major program offers all students spacious work areas and a range of equipment, from traditional to the newest digital technology. Students have access to multi-platform computer labs with the most commonly used current software for photography, animation, CAD, 3-D modeling, video production, desktop publishing, scanning, illustration, large- and medium-format plotters, and color and black-and-white laser printers. Unique satellite computer areas are dedicated to each major area. Students have access to a traditional film Photography Lab, which includes a dark room for black-and-white photography as well as a digital processing lab with dedicated spaces for video and digital image production and an equipment checkout facility. The 6,400-square-foot Common Shop includes a range of woodworking equipment, a plastic vacuum former, metal-working equipment, and classroom space. All computer and photo labs and the common shop have professionally trained technical support staff.
The historic Chamney Farm, on the western edge of the Lawrence campus, is the site of the school’s Center for Design Research, an award-winning building that connects a converted native limestone farmhouse and 19th-century restored barn. Corporate-sponsored projects are supervised by design faculty and executed by graduate students and advanced undergraduates. This fully equipped facility has become a connection between the academic and professional worlds of design as well as a focus for collaborations among applied design areas and other KU units.
The school’s Design-Build Center is in the East Hills Industrial Park on Highway K-10 in East Lawrence. This 63,000-square-foot, open-span building acquired in 2009 is the site of design-build studios, including the internationally acclaimed Studio 804. It includes studio design spaces, offices, conference areas, shop facilities, and large assembly areas for indoor construction of modular buildings.
The Spencer Museum of Art houses the only comprehensive art collection in Kansas. Collections are particularly noteworthy in medieval art, 17th- and 18th-century German and Austrian painting, sculpture, American painting, prints, American photography, Japanese art of the Edo period, textiles (especially quilts), and decorative arts. Spencer Museum sponsors exhibitions, lectures, films, workshops, and activities that support curricular instruction in the arts. Another important resource is the Murphy Art and Architecture Library, with 150,000 volumes and 600 current journals documenting design, and architecture from all cultures, from antiquity to the present.
The Architectural Resource Center, located on the 4th floor of Marvin Hall, consists of the Donald E. & Mary Bole Hatch Architectural Reading Room and the Architectural Slide Library. The mission of the A.R.C. is to provide pertinent materials for teaching, learning and research to faculty, staff, and students of the School of Architecture & Design. The staff is dedicated to keep A.R.C. materials up to date with current directions in architecture and design, but as well makes it a priority to have a well-rounded, historically diverse collection.
The Department of Design maintains the Digital Media Center area as a service to their students. The labs are often in use for various classes especially during the beginning weeks of the semester. Room 308 is open to all students in Art and Design as a printing facility. There are monitors scheduled to provide assistance, but it is generally a self-service facility. If you need special assistance you can contact the Information System Specialist, Steve Fair. The computer lab has the following equipment: scanners including transparency and slide capabilities, black and white laser printers, color laser printers, medium format Epson printers, and a plotters for large format prints. The lab charges a competitive fee per printed page. Authorized students can access computer labs rooms 200A, 307, 313 and other computer lab rooms with electronic locks using their Student ID card number.