UMKC is the first public university in Missouri to offer an architecture degree that leads to licensure. Being surrounded by a rich architecture community in Kansas City gives our students real-world and hands-on experiences every day.


Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Architecture

UMKC's Bachelor of Architecture prepares students to become licensed architects in this five-year, 150 credit hour program. Currently in the accreditation process with the National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB), this program allows students to engage with a variety of firms and organizations near UMKC's urban home.

Download the B.Arch major map (PDF) 

Graduate certificate in historic preservation

This certificate program was designed in accordance with the standards from the National Council for Preservation Education, the highest standard for historic preservation education.

Design Discovery Summer Program

This non-credit, two-day course is modeled after a collegiate architectural design seminar where students learn about design fields through simple design projects, slideshows and discussions, as well as tour important design sites near campus.

Research Areas

  • Architectural history
  • Building design
  • Building materials and construction methods
  • Building technology
  • Building/site relationships
  • Historic preservation
  • Product design
  • Relationship between art and craft

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Meet Our Faculty

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Advisory Board

The Architecture and Urban Planning programs enjoy the support of a dedicated advisory board that assists in furthering the goals of the programs, engage the university leadership, support and participate in various academic functions and provide financial assistance.

  • William L. Bruning J.D., MBA
  • Scott Francis, MFA, Francor LLC and permanent board member, Francis Family Foundation
  • Shannon Jaax, AICP,  Founder JAAX Street Partners, LLC
  • Steve Karbank, Karbank Real Estate Company
  • Kathy Kelly, Chairperson and Founder, Folkus
  • Anthony Luca, Gastinger Walker
  • David F. Oliver, J.D., partner, Berkowitz Oliver LLP
  • Richard Sanchez, Lead Planner, Kansas City Parks & Recreation
  • David Sosland, owner, Sosland Photography
  • Joy Swallow, FAIA
  • David A. Warm, MPA, executive director, Mid-America Regional Council
  • Jeffrey Williams, AICP, director of city planning and development, City Of Kansas City, Missouri