University of Kansas to rename its architecture school, removes “Planning” in its title

In a brief message on its new website, the University of Kansas School of Architecture (KU) announced the change of its name from the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the School of Architecture Architecture and design.

"At first glance, this could seem like a simple change," Dean Mahesh Daas said in the online ad. "But since we rarely have the opportunity to review what we call ourselves, we have devoted a great deal of time and energy to this decision." The new name better reflects our vision, which must be "the pioneer force of 'Global impact by design'.

The name was removed from over 100 alternatives that were collected by students, professors, alumni and staff during a brainstorming session in January. With the new name, the school changed its website with a new URL ( and refers to itself as Arch / D to abbreviate.

As Daas pointed out, the name of a school is often intended to express the vision of the school. For example, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture recently announced a name change to the Taliesin School of Architecture. This change of name came with the financial break from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation School.