pavillion with slanted roof nestled between trees

Dirt Works Studio

Dirt Works Studio, a third-year architecture designbuild studio at the University of Kansas, is drawn to natural materials that come from the earth, that literally grow from the dirt beneath our feet or are of the earth itself.

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Through theory-laden tectonics and direct, hands-on engagement with places, materials, and communities, the studio strives to cultivate a heightened sensitivity to cultural and natural forces latent to the specific conditions of each project. The studio explores environmentally sustainable and experientially fertile materials, such as rammed earth, mass timber, and bamboo. Design principles are drawn from complex and layered contexts – physical, historical, cultural, and poetical.


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KU’s Dirt Works Studio teaches third- and fourth-year architecture students how to bring a project to life from the ground up.