Chad Kraus

Chad Kraus
  • Associate Professor of Architecture

Contact Info

Marvin Hall 211
1465 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


Chad Kraus, AIA, is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Kansas and a licensed architect. He teaches courses on architectural theory, mass timber, earthen architecture, architectural design studio, and the award-winning designbuild Dirt Works Studio. The studio has completed thirteen designbuild projects to date, earning twenty-three design awards including multiple Architecture Masterprizes, multiple AIA Design awards, and the Architects’ Newspaper Best Of Design award. Professor Kraus was the recipient of the ACSA Designbuild Award in 2014.

His scholarship concentrates on designbuild pedagogy and natural material research. He is the editor of the book Designbuild Education (Routledge 2017) and an editor of the journal Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD).

Prior to teaching, Professor Kraus worked for Pritzker-prize laureate Shigeru Ban, where he worked on projects such as Metal Shutter Houses, the Nomadic Museum, and Furniture House 5. He studied architectural history and theory under Alberto Perez-Gomez at McGill University.


Master of Architecture, McGill University, 2009, Montreal, Quebec
Bachelor of Architecture, Kansas State University, 2002, Manhattan, Kansas