Homecoming 2019

The KU School of Architecture and Design is excited to welcome Jayhawks back to campus during KU Homecoming Week, October 21-26, 2019. The town and campus will be buzzing with Homecoming events and the doors to the School of Architecture & Design will be wide open. 

Thursday, October 24, 2019
5:30pm – 8:30pm | Welcome Party and Distinguished Alumni Awards presentation | Crystal Ballroom, The Eldridge Hotel
Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as we welcome alumni back to Lawrence and toast the winners of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Gil Akos (class of 2006) will provide the keynote remarks as we pause our work for a few hours to celebrate the KU design community. Connect with fellow alumni, meet current students, faculty and staff, and then spill out onto Massachusetts Street with new and old friends.
Friday, October 25, 2019

12K Day

The alumni, students, faculty and staff of the School of Architecture & Design make up a network of 12,000 individuals connected by KU and the drive to create, make, and solve problems through design. 12K Day will celebrate this interdisciplinary community with a series of fast-paced presentations by an impressive group of alumni/design leaders, prompted discussion sessions, and exhibitions.

9:30am – 12:30pm | 12K Design Forum: The Intersections of Education and Practice, alumni presentations and discussions | The Forum at Marvin Hall

Alumni presentations and faculty-led panel discussions on the ways in which institutions and the design professions work together to drive innovation and prepare students.

Forum presenters: David Altis, Chris Corley, Amber Goodvin, Kelly Gregory, Stephen Hopkins, Jing Jian, Dana Karwas, Brandon Kent, Shaun Lang, Douglas Pancoast  

2:00pm  – 4:00pm | School Work, exhibition reception | Art & Design Gallery in Chalmers Hall

School Work, an exhibition that looks at the past, present, and future of Architecture & Design at KU. 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

KU Homecoming

Reacquaint yourself with the charm of campus at the peak of fall colors. See what has changed and what has stayed the same. Revisit the halls of the Art & Design Building (now Chalmers Hall) and Marvin Hall. The halls will be alive with student work and moments of history. The Art & Design Gallery will provide a look at the School’s past, present and future.

TBA | Open House | Chalmers and Marvin Halls

TBA | KU Alumni Association Tailgate | On the Hill

TBA | KU Football vs. Tech Tech | David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium


Room blocks have been set up at three Lawrence hotels for out of town guests. Attendees should contact the hotels directly to secure reservations. Reservation blocks will be released after September 23, 2019.

The Eldridge Hotel The Oread Hotel DoubleTree Hotel
October 23 - 24 October 23 - 24 October 23 - 25
701 Massachusetts Street

1200 Oread Ave

200 McDonald Dr
Lawrence, KS 66044 Lawrence, KS 66044 Lawrence, KS 66044

Reservations: 785-749-5011

Reference the KU School of Architecture and Design Gala

Reservations: 785-843-1200

Reference the KU School of Architecture and Design Gala

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More Info to Come!



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