Kansas State University, College of Architecture, Planning and Design

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Kansas State University, College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Responding to the College’s focus on the designer as an instrument for positive change in the world, the building design creates a sense of place for APDesign and supports a new curriculum that trains future leaders to reconnect the act of design to making through inter-disciplinary collaboration and a focus on direct fabrication.

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APDesign is all about placing the students at the center of the experience. With a facility that emphasizes the tactility of design and creation, students can interact intimately with their budding role as the makers of our future.

Tomas Rossant, Design Partner
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The design maximizes opportunities for communication and cross-fertilization of ideas between APDesign Departments – Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning, Interior Architecture and Product Design – and related disciplines.

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Collaboration Corridor

The building is a didactic tool to showcase the fabrication-based research of the school’s design community. Studios, crit spaces, exhibition areas, collaboration pods and faculty offices are arranged around an axial three-story atrium, the “collaboration corridor,” to foster rapid exchange of intellectual and technical knowledge.

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The project also introduces new research laboratories and vertically-integrated studios that comprise a 24-hour “Design Information Commons,” a new feature to a reconfigured Weigel Library.

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Manhattan, KS
186,111 GSF
Classrooms, Offices, Studios Fabrication Laboratories including Wood, Metal, Upholstery and Finishing Shop, 3D Print Lab, Model Making and Exterior Fabrication Lab


Ennead Design Team
Tomas Rossant, Kevin McClurkan, Gregory Smith, Brian Masuda, Felicia Berger, Yu Inamoto, Charles Griffith, Charmian Place, Suzanne Troiano, Gary Anderson, Shaan Patel, Lauren Harness
Design Architects
Ennead Architects + BNIM Architects
Landscape Consultant
Fabrication Lab Design Consultant
el dorado inc.