Space to Recharge

Students in the School of Architecture & Design log a lot of long hours.They needed an outdoor spot where they could recharge their mental and physical batteries, so students in the design+build Studio 509 class took on the project. Led by Associate Professor Paola Sanguinetti, the class came up with a plan to transform an underutilized area behind Marvin Studios into a seating area where students, faculty and guests could rest, socialize and interact with art and nature, all while taking in tremendous campus views. To make Project RITA (Relaxing, Interactive and Therapeutic Atmosphere) a reality, the class tapped into the power of LaunchKU, KU Endowment’s crowdfunding platform. Thanks to the support of 72 donors, Project RITA was fully funded and opened in May.