Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design (APDesign) was established in 1963 by bringing together into one administrative unit the Departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Construction Science, Interior Architecture, and Regional & Community Planning.
The early founders of that coalition were very insightful, realizing that the practice of the design professions would involve multidisciplinary efforts. Housing these programs in a single college enabled students to better understand the roles and relationships of the disciplines that comprised the design of the built environment. This combination of design and planning received national attention as a model organization for education in the design, planning and management of the environment.
Today, APDesign continues to be a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, environmental design college with accredited professional programs in Architecture, Interior Architecture & Product Design, Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning. APDesign's design programs have been consistently ranked by DesignIntelligence magazine as among the best in the nation.