Studio 804, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 corporation whose participants are students at the University of Kansas’s School of Architecture and Design. It is a comprehensive educational opportunity committed to the continued research and development of sustainable, affordable and inventive building solutions. This is done by examining, on all levels, the standards of human comfort and the nature of urban spaces. The goal each year is to provide students an experience encompassing all aspects of design and construction process from working with zoning officials to driving nails. The work focuses on the future of sustainable design and how new and emerging technologies can be combined with passive strategies and the responsible use of resources to create the type of net-zero buildings that are likely to be necessary in the not too distant future as we learn to live on a crowded planet with ongoing climate change and diminishing resources. Studio 804, not only through their works, but through the spread of their graduates around world hopes to accelerate architecture toward the day where these technologies are a common part of all buildings built for all economic demographics.
The University of Kansas Department of Architecture invites applications for Studio 804 from students who are at an advanced stage in their studies. Students enrolled in Studio 804 work full time to design and build a new building in a school year. The widely-published program, under the direction of Distinguished Professor Dan Rockhill, has produced ten LEED Platinum buildings, three of which are Passive House-certified. To learn more, visit studio804.com and architecture. ku.edu/studio804. The university accepts transfers, 4+2 grads, B.Arch grads, M.Arch grads, 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.