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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Founders Guild

The Founders Guild is comprised of champions of Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning & Design (APDesign) who commit to substantial levels of philanthropic support to fund the creation of a 21st-century facility for APDesign. This grassroots effort ensures our home, the Seaton Complex, is commensurate with our established reputation.


“Facilities in colleges and universities should, at minimum, mirror those in professional practice. Good design, good house­keeping and the latest tools should be in place. Spaces in design schools should inspire, be well designed, well curated and not be allowed to de­cline into an anything-goes mess.” 

--James P. Cramer, Founding Editor, DesignIntelligence


Proven Excellence
  • DesignIntelligence magazine ranks five of our design programs in the Top 15 in the nation in its “Best Architecture & Design Schools 2013” issue.
  • APDesign leads Kansas State University in retention rate and six-year graduation rate.
  • DesignIntelligence editors recognized APDesign as one of the best colleges for “Embracing Design Entrepreneurship.”
  • Firms recognized APDesign as one of the “Best in the Midwest.”

Join our current Founders Guild Members

  CAPSTONE MEMBERS ($25,000+ Commitment)
BNIM (Kansas City, Mo)
Bowman Bowman Novick (Manhattan, KS)
BRR Architecture (Merriam, KS)
David Roesler/Hallmark MGP (Kansas City, MO)
DST Systems (Kansas City, MO)
GLMV ( Wichita, KS)
Howard & Helmer ( Wichita, KS)
HNTB (Kansas City, MO)
HTK Architects (Topeka, KS)
Law Kingdon (Wichita, KS)
McCownGordon Construction (Kansas City, MO)
Nelsen Partners (Austin, TX)
Peter and Janet Kruse (Carlsbad, CA)
TK Architects (Kansas City, MO)
V&H Charitable Foundation (Leawood, KS)
WDM Architects ( Wichita, KS)
360 Architecture (Kansas City, MO)

    CORNERSTONE MEMBERS ($10,000-$24,999 Commitment)
DLR Group (Overland Park, KS)
El Dorado Inc. (Kansas City, MO)
Mike and Mary Lou Fickel (Leawood, KS)
Scott and Cheryl Gales (Topeka, KS)
Helix Architecture+Design (Kansas City, MO)
Populous (Kansas City, MO)
SFS Architecture (Kansas City, MO)
Strategic Planning Initiatives (Huntingdon Valley, PA)
Studio Outside (Dallas, TX)


Your Support Means A Lot

To date, nearly $500,000 has been gifted or pledged to the Founders Guild. This support has allowed the College to:

  • Enhance communication and efforts to promote the APDesign brand
  • Hire Ennead Architects (Architecture) of New York, New York, and Andropogon Associates (Landscape Architecture) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to conduct high-level programming and produce conceptual imagery of a 21st-century design facility.

Many Founders Guild members have served as a primary advocacy group to K-State administration and the State of Kansas government.


Sustaining the Founders Guild

While a lot has been accomplished in the past four years, there is still a significant amount left to be completed and yet to be defined. Investments in the Founders Guild will allow APDesign to continue its effort in designing and constructing a 21st-century design education facility that is innovative, sustainable and experiential. Our facilities will ensure that APDesign continues on its trajectory of excellence and remains among the best designs schools in the United States.