May 30, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Michael McClure​, Dean
Katie Kingery-Page, Associate Dean

1127 Regnier Hall
Fax: 785-532-6722

The College of Architecture, Planning, and Design offers accredited professional degree programs in architecture, interior architecture and industrial design, landscape architecture, and regional and community planning.

The college consists of three academic departments: architecture, interior architecture and industrial design, and landscape architecture and regional and community planning.

The curriculum in architecture is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The interior architecture curriculum is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and approved by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The industrial design curriculum is approved by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The landscape architecture curriculum is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). The planning curriculum is accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) in cooperation with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).

APDesign offers both professional and post-professional degrees with several points of entry  to the accredited programs including accredited 5-year non-baccalaureate Master’s degrees designed for high school graduates and transfer students, accredited 2-3+ year post-baccalaureate Master’s degrees designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in any field, non-accredited 2-year post-professional degrees for students who hold accredited degrees in one of the design/planning professions, as well as an interdisciplinary Ph.D. designed for students who have either earned a master’s or a bachelor’s degree coupled with relevant professional, research or creative work experience. Learn more about our application process and admission requirements for all degrees offered in APDesign.

The accredited degree programs will lead to the respective professional licensing or certification in the states that require such exams.

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Student academic creations

All programs involve extensive project work. Students are advised to budget sufficient funds to cover the cost of equipment, materials, and supplies. Material costs will be higher than those published for non-studio curricula.

Student academic creations are subject to Kansas State University and Board of Regents intellectual property policies. The Regents policy states: 

”The ownership of student works submitted in fulfillment of academic requirements shall be with the creator(s). The student, by enrolling in the institution, gives the institution a non-exclusive royalty-free license to mark on, modify, retain the work as may be required by the process of instruction, or otherwise handle the work as set out in the institution’s intellectual property policy or in the course syllabus. The institution shall not have the right to use work in any other manner without the written consent of the creator(s).” ”Otherwise handle,” as referenced in this policy, includes display of student work in various media and use for accreditation purposes.

K-State’s intellectual property policy.

Study Abroad

Students can earn academic credit by studying abroad in Italy, Australia, Denmark, England, Germany or the Czech Republic. Specific information is available from the Director of International Programs. Requirements vary among the departments.


Internships are available with private practitioners, corporations, and government agencies. Students earn academic credit and a salary while on internship. Specific requirements vary among the departments.

Kansas City Design Center (KCDC)

The opportunity to study in the heart of downtown Kansas City, at a nationally recognized, nonprofit-partnership comprised of local civic leaders, professional designers and planners and students who are actively seeking urban design and planning solutions for this major metropolitan area. For additional information go to

Extracurricular activities

The college offers opportunities for students to become involved in student government, student chapters of professional societies, college ambassadors, peer educators, Open House, and the student journal, OZ.


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