Certificate in Designbuild


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It has been estimated that the majority of architecture and design schools in the United States now have some form of design-build experience; however, KU Architecture and Design remains one of the nation’s leaders in design-build education. Pioneering this philosophical tradition, KU Architecture and Design is home to Studio 804, a two-semester advanced design-build studio that has been the recipient of numerous design awards and publications, including a monograph titled “Studio 804: An Architectural Experience”, published by Artifice Books. In addition to Studio 804, KU Architecture and Design offers ARCH 509 Designbuild Studio, an umbrella for several design-build studios such as the award-winning Dirt Works Studio, and Dotte Agency, a public interest design-build collective. Beyond design-build studios, the school offers furniture design, digital fabrication and robotics, and material investigations courses.

The Design-Build Certificate program aims to provide students with hands-on, material-based, experiential learning opportunities, anchored by the internationally acclaimed and award-winning design-build studios at KU. This certificate is open to students in architecture, interior architecture, design, architectural engineering, and other allied disciplines. The certificate is available as a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) opportunity for outside professionals as well.

Total Credit Hours Required for Completion: 12

Core Courses:

  • ARCH 509: Designbuild Studio (6 credit hours)
  • ARCH 803: Design-Build and Materiality I (6 credit hours)
  • ARCH 804: Design-Build and Materiality II (6 credit hours)
     
  • ARCH 600: Furniture Design (3 credit hours)
  • ARCH 600: Digital Fabrication (3 credit hours)
  • ARCH 622: Material Investigations (3 credit hours)

There are three primary paths to earn the Design-Build Certificate:

  1. Studio 804: ARCH 803: Design-Build and Materiality I (6 credit hours) + ARCH 804: Design-Build and Materiality II (6 credit hours)
  2. Designbuild+: ARCH 509: Designbuild Studio (6 credit hours) + (2) additional qualifying 3-credit hour courses
  3. Elective Courses: (4) qualifying 3-credit hour courses

If needed, any of the above courses could be replaced with ARCH 799: Independent Study or ARCH 800: Special Topics in Architecture, focusing on the specific subject area.

Please direct questions regarding the Designbuild Graduate Certificate to: Chad Kraus, Associate Professor of Architecture, ckraus@ku.edu.

It has been estimated that the majority of architecture and design schools in the United States now have some form of design-build experience; however, KU Architecture and Design remains one of the nation’s leaders in design-build education. Pioneering this philosophical tradition, KU Architecture and Design is home to Studio 804, a two-semester advanced design-build studio that has been the recipient of numerous design awards and publications, including a monograph titled “Studio 804: An Architectural Experience”, published by Artifice Books. In addition to Studio 804, KU Architecture and Design offers ARCH 509 Designbuild Studio, an umbrella for several design-build studios such as the award-winning Dirt Works Studio, and Dotte Agency, a public interest design-build collective. Beyond design-build studios, the school offers furniture design, digital fabrication and robotics, and material investigations courses.

The Design-Build Certificate program aims to provide students with hands-on, material-based, experiential learning opportunities, anchored by the internationally acclaimed and award-winning design-build studios at KU. This certificate is open to students in architecture, interior architecture, design, architectural engineering, and other allied disciplines. The certificate is available as a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) opportunity for outside professionals as well.

Total Credit Hours Required for Completion: 12

Core Courses:

  • ARCH 509: Designbuild Studio (6 credit hours)
  • ARCH 803: Design-Build and Materiality I (6 credit hours)
  • ARCH 804: Design-Build and Materiality II (6 credit hours)
     
  • ARCH 600: Furniture Design (3 credit hours)
  • ARCH 600: Digital Fabrication (3 credit hours)
  • ARCH 622: Material Investigations (3 credit hours)

There are three primary paths to earn the Design-Build Certificate:

  1. Studio 804: ARCH 803: Design-Build and Materiality I (6 credit hours) + ARCH 804: Design-Build and Materiality II (6 credit hours)
  2. Designbuild+: ARCH 509: Designbuild Studio (6 credit hours) + (2) additional qualifying 3-credit hour courses
  3. Elective Courses: (4) qualifying 3-credit hour courses

If needed, any of the above courses could be replaced with ARCH 799: Independent Study or ARCH 800: Special Topics in Architecture, focusing on the specific subject area.

Please direct questions regarding the Designbuild Graduate Certificate to: Chad Kraus, Associate Professor of Architecture, ckraus@ku.edu.