KU’s School of Architecture celebrated a century of architectural education April 26-27, filling the corridors of Marvin Hall with former students who reconnected with classmates and reminisced with faculty about their experiences attending one of the oldest and most prestigious architecture schools in the country. More than 350 alumni, faculty and friends attended the centennial events, including retired modernist architects Robert Hess, ’49, and Dick Peters, ’54, whose work is featured in this website. A wall-sized graphical timeline of the last century’s major events as they relate to the evolution of architecture, and the milestones of the School, was on display in the main hallway and became the central meeting point. Architectural models, drawings and exhibits of former and current students lined the walls. A birthday cake was served on the lawn outside Marvin Hall, followed by a lively reception and banquet. A number of architecture students interacted with their predecessors, but most were too busy working on their final projects to hang around or even go outside to grab a piece of cake. Such is the demands of pursuing the architecture profession. But fifty years from now, when the University celebrates the next milestone of this influential and far-reaching education program, they’ll surely have their cake and eat it too.
From left, Neal Angrisano, ’88 and ’96, AIA, Associate, Burns and McDonnell Architecture, Kansas City, Mo. and Adjunct Professor; Sonya Jury, AIA, ’88, Director of Business Development, Henderson Engineers, Lenexa, Kans.; Steve Smith, AIA, ’88, Principal, Kenneth Hahn Architects, Omaha, Neb.; and John Eyler, AIA, ’94, Principal, 360 Architecture, Kansas City, Mo.