The KU School of Architecture & Design is excited to welcome Jayhawks back to Lawrence during KU Homecoming Week this October. The fall colors will be at their peak and campus will be alive with Homecoming activities.

School events will kick off on Thursday October 24th in Downtown Lawrence with an alumni welcome party and celebration of the 2019 Alumni Award winners. Events continue on Friday with 12K Day, where we will explore the network of 12,000 alumni, students, faculty, and staff connected by KU and the drive to create, make, and innovate. 12K Day will highlight the work of this multidisciplinary community with a design forum and series of exhibitions. On Saturday the doors to the School will be wide open. Check out our studios, labs, shops and exhibitions. Then crunch through some fallen leaves and enjoy the Homecoming atmosphere on the Hill.

Hope to see you in October!




Thursday, October 24, 2019

Welcome Party and Alumni Awards

5:30pm – 8:30pm | Crystal Ballroom, The Eldridge Hotel

Join us for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres as we welcome alumni back to Lawrence and toast the winners of the 2019 Alumni Awards. Gil Akos (class of 2006) will provide the keynote remarks as we pause our work for a few hours to celebrate the greater KU community of architects, designers and creatives. Connect with fellow alumni, meet current students, faculty and staff, then spill out onto Massachusetts Street with new and old friends. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

12K Design Forum: The Intersections of Education and Practice 

9:30am – 12:30pm | The Forum at Marvin Hall 

Fast-paced presentations by a multidisciplinary group of alumni design leaders punctuated by faculty-led discussions on the ways educational institutions and the design professions work together to drive innovation.

Forum presenters: David Altis | Chris Corley | Amber Goodvin | Kelly Gregory | Stephen Hopkins | Jing Jian I Dana Karwas I Brandon Kent I Shaun Lang I Douglas Pancoast  

Exhibitions and further programming

TBA | Art & Design Gallery in Chalmers Hall & TBA

Exhibitions and further programming are currently in development.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Open House

TBA | Chalmers & Marvin Halls

Revisit the corridors of Chalmers Hall (formerly the Art & Design Building) and Marvin Hall. See what has changed and what has stayed the same. Check out our studios, labs, shops, and exhibitions.  The walls will be full of student work and moments of history. 


Room blocks have been set up at three Lawrence hotels for out of town guests. Attendees should contact the hotels directly to secure reservations. Reservation blocks will be released after September 23, 2019. 

The Eldridge Hotel

Dates: October 23 – 24

Reservations: 785-749-5011

Reference: KU Architecture & Design


The Oread Hotel

Dates: October 23 – 24

Reservations: 785-843-1200

Reference: KU Architecture & Design


DoubleTree Hotel

Dates: October 23 – 25




More Info to Come!

For specific questions or inquiries, you can contact us at


Marvin Hall, Room 200
1465 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045