Thursday, June 16, 2005

Studio 804 is a design/build program at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design that provides a broad range of architectural services, typically resulting in a new residence. This studio is the final experience for 3rd year graduate students seeking a professional masters degree, although on occasion it does include graduating bachelors of Architecture students. During this final exercise, the students collaborate to bring a housing design to fruition that provides architectural solutions with an emphasis on affordable homes.

Studio 804 provides an architectural opportunity exploring concepts and issues that as professionals we will be facing in the immediate future. The primary focus of this exploration imbues the educational experience as a means to provide affordable housing opportunities within the Lawrence and surrounding communities, while challenging the status quo of architecture.

The typical house construction period is compressed into a five month session that sees the students covering every aspect of a Design/Build practice. With the exception of the licensed trades (electric, plumbing and heating/air conditioning), every aspect of design and construction is carried out by the students. The result of this intense 5 month period provides the community with an affordable house while furthering the students’ knowledge and experience in applicable professional architectural and building practices.

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