LAWRENCE – University of Kansas students in the School of Architecture & Design’s Studio 804 will be showcasing their latest design-build project during an open house Saturday, May 18. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 1501 and 1503 Oak Hill Avenue sites in Lawrence.
Led by Professor Dan Rockhill, Studio 804 is a pioneering capstone program in which masters-level students spend the nine-month academic year designing, then constructing, a building from concept to completion. The open house will be the culmination of a process beginning in August in which students completed all aspects of design, planning and construction of two affordable, modern and sustainable houses on adjacent urban infill lots in east Lawrence — one a 600-square-foot, one-bedroom home, the other a 950-square-foot, two-bedroom home. From the initial concept to preparing construction documents, all the way to framing, roofing and interior finishing, each step was carried out by students.
Students will be on hand to offer tours of the homes and provide more information about the project. Street parking will be limited for the open house, so additional parking will be available at the East Lawrence Recreation Center.
Studio 804 Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation committed to the continued research and development of sustainable, affordable and inventive building solutions. The School of Architecture & Design offers this comprehensive educational opportunity for graduate students entering the final year of the Master of Architecture program, transfer students or professionals — anyone who wants to be a better architect by having had the experience of designing and constructing a sophisticated building in its entirety from the ground up. Studio 804 projects have been featured in numerous national and international publications, such as Architectural Record, Azure, Detail, Dwell and Metropolis. Rockhill recently published a book detailing the program’s history called Studio 804 Design Build: Expanding the pedagogy of architectural education.
More information about the project is available online.
Photo: An open house for Studio 804’s new project will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Credit: Studio 804.