Workshops and Labs

Architecture students begin their development as designers working with pencil and paper in a studio setting.  Building on that important foundation, our curriculum emphasizes developing technical intelligence in workshop and lab settings.  Students are encouraged to explore creative applications of technology through hands-on making and material explorations in workshop settings and through the use of digital media in our computer labs.

In order to support the idea that a great designer needs to have exposure to actual hands-on work, over the past five years we have invested over $1,000,000 in our facilities including all new equipment in our shops and labs.  This includes traditional woodworking and metal working equipment as well as digital CNC machines and laser cutters, and 3-D printing.

"The advanced tools allowed me to explore what wasn't possible before. I found it was fun, which is an important aspect that we forget sometimes. I was able to express ideas and find more meaning in y work by using my hands." —Mathew, Class of '16