Architecture, Urban Planning and Design

Katz Hall Room 109
5005 Rockhill Road
(816) 235-1725

Mailing Address
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Architecture, Urban Planning + Design
109 Katz Hall
5005 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499


Sungyop Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professors:
Michael Frisch, Ph.D., A.I.C.P.; Jacob A. Wagner, Ph.D., A.I.C.P.

Associate Teaching Professor: 
John Eck, M.Arch., R.A.

Adjunct Faculty:
Ruben Alonso; Judi Bauer; Christopher Brewster, J.D., A.I.C.P.; Denise DiPiazzo; Dominic Musso; Sara Copeland; Jon Birkel;


Stella Szymanski

Professor Emerita:

Joy D. Swallow, M.Arch., F.A.I.A.

Program Description

Architecture, Urban Planning and Design has two degree programs to choose from.

One degree program is a B.A. in Urban Planning and Design. This accredited degree program is a four-year degree and can be completed at UMKC in its entirety.

The second degree program leads to a degree in one of the following professional areas: architecture, landscape architecture and interior architecture. This track is a two-year program, offered in conjunction with Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

UMKC is an urban university, and architecture, urban planning and design is consistent with our vision for our community and region. Kansas City is a great urban laboratory. Few American cities have the planning and design tradition of Kansas City. We think this sets us apart, and places the students within a professional community with unmatched resources, whether one is studying architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture or urban planning and design.

As the United States population continues to grow and is concentrated in metropolitan areas, urban planning and design is becoming a societal imperative. Planners address diverse public issues affecting where people live, work, and play; where they shop and receive health care; how they get from place to place; what our communities look like; and how we use our resources.

Financial Aid

Many scholarships and student financial aid opportunities are available. Every year approximately 80 percent of our students have some form of scholarship. For students who qualify, UMKC can be a great resource for scholarship assistance. Contact the UMKC Financial Aid Office, phone: (816) 235-1154, website: for scholarship information.

Student Activities

The program supports two student organizations.

Planning and Design Students (PDS) is a student organization for students studying Urban Planning and Design. The students interact with the local APA (American Planning Association) chapter in a variety of activities. A group of students attend the national conventions that are held in various locations around the country every year.

The American Public Works Association (APWA) is a student organization that consists of a multidisciplinary group (i.e. engineering, geosciences, public administration) from across the campus.