The University of Kansas (KU) School of Architecture & Design announced that it has commissioned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to create site plans and concept designs to better link the Lawrence, Kansas school’s on- and off-campus buildings.
In recent years enrollment numbers at the university have steadily increased and the school has expanded its program offerings. These latest renovations and upgrades to campus facilities and buildings will take into account this growth while allowing for more interdisciplinary opportunities and student support services. The forthcoming design from BIG is a component of KU’s 2024 Master Plan. According to press materials from KU, “BIG will develop a plan that visualizes a redesigned home for the school that respects the established character of the site while also being optimized for innovative teaching and research.”
Right now, the majority of the architecture and design school’s programs, facilities, and offices are in two adjacent structures, Marvin and Chalmers Halls, so one of the project goals is to strengthen the connection between the buildings.