Design For Next: Reimagining ArcD Spaces

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is helping the School of Architecture & Design reimagine facilities and visualize the future of design education at KU.

After a decade of increasing enrollment and expanded program offerings, the School is working on a plan to transform its academic, research, and resource spaces in the heart of KU’s main campus.  

Starting in March of 2023, BIG architects began working with School and University stakeholders to plan, design, and visualize how to accommodate projected program space requirements while also strengthening spatial and disciplinary connections.   

As project updates become available, they will be added to this webpage. For inquires contact arcd-news@ku.edu.

Learn more 

Read the press release: 

BIG to complete KU ArcD space planning and design

Get to know BIG’s approach and the work they will be doing for the School: 

BIG presentation in The Forum at Marvin Hall, March 10 

About Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) 

BIG is a multidisciplinary practice with a record of forward-thinking educational projects around the world. Founded in 2005, the firm is based in Copenhagen and New York City and has offices in London, Barcelona, and Shenzhen. This year, it will add another office in Los Angeles. BIG’s practice includes architecture, planning, landscape, urbanism, interior design, product design, research and development.  

Learn more about BIG on the firm’s website. And watch this 2020 Netflix documentary about the firm. 

Read about some of BIG’s recent projects:  

Johns Hopkins Student Center in Baltimore, MD 

Claremont Mckenna Integrated Science Building and Campus Masterplan, Claremont, CA 

Google headquarters, Mountain View, CA 

Passivhaus, mass-timber furniture factory, Magnor, Norway 


  • March 9-10: BIG project team campus study, workshops, public presentation

  • April 13-14: BIG presents analysis and initial concepts to KU leaders and ArcD Professional Advisory Board

  • June TBA: BIG presents completed project visuals and documentation