How will we meet the living and housing needs of the growing number of retirees across Kansas? The problem calls out for architectural and design solutions, but also plenty of business savvy.
This year several architecture students joined the School of Business MBA program’s Kansas Impact Project (KIP), learning the business aspects of architectural projects.
KIP, the cornerstone of KU’s MBA curriculum, pairs teams of students with organizations around the state in need of management consulting. Joe Colistra, associate professor of architecture, says KIP gives his students the unusual — and invaluable —experience of working with peers with extensive business and marketing knowledge.
Last semester the KIP teams investigated Campus Village, an intergenerational community envisioned by KU’s New Cities Initiative and its former director, Dennis Domer.
This semester several teams are using the business plans and cost data they developed to design Campus Village concepts around Lawrence. By applying both business and architecture solutions, they’ve developed models that could be used by other Kansas communities seeking design and business guidance to create affordable housing for all ages.
Another team integrated their KIP skills into a winning entry for a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development affordable housing design competition. That team is one of four national finalists in the competition, which concludes later this month.
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