Graduate Certificate in Designbuild

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 designbuild 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 designbuild 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 

Eligible Courses: 
Studio 804: ARCH 803 Design-Build & Materiality I (6) + ARCH 804 Design-Build & Materiality II (6)

ARCH 803Design-Build and Materiality I6
ARCH 804Design-Build and Materiality II6

Please direct questions regarding the Designbuild Graduate Certificate to:
Chad Kraus, Associate Professor of Architecture,

Applicants must meet all admissions requirements for certificate-seeking graduate admission as defined by the University's policy on Admission to Graduate Study.