The departments of Architecture, Art and Architectural History, and Historic Preservation are located in an NEA and AIA award-winning building that opened in 1987 and expanded in 2005. Spaces include undergraduate and graduate design studios; review and seminar rooms; two design computing laboratories; Architecture Library; photography studio and darkroom; a woodworking studio/ model shop; a well-equipped lecture theater; seminar/classrooms and review space; an 18-station digital media lab; building materials and conservation lab; digital manufacturing lab; faculty offices and a light-filled exhibition gallery that faces onto the University’s quadrangle.
The School’s computer labs are upgraded regularly, and feature 58 Mac computers and high-end input and output devices. Available software includes the complete Autodesk Suite (AutoCAD, Revit, Maya, 3D Studio Max); the Adobe Design Premium Creative Suite (Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop); Form Z; Bonzai; Sketchup; Rhino; Final Cut Pro; Arch GIS; Multiframe; Flovent and CATT Acoustics packages for a variety of visualization, lighting, acoustics, energy and structural analysis activities. Students have access to video cameras and mobile computing and projection stations, which can be relocated around the building in support of Design Studio Reviews, lectures and class presentations. The laboratory space is able to be re-configured to accommodate individual seminar and design studio presentations. The entire building has wireless network access.
The Architecture Library collection includes more than 24,000 books and 60,000 slides, a digital collection comprising over 80,000 images, and subscriptions to over 200 periodicals and journals. The Historic Preservation collection, considered one of the best of its kind in New England, includes the H.R. Hitchcock Collection of American Architecture books on microfilm, the complete HABS photographic collection and international serials.
Every Architecture student is assigned his or her own dedicated workspace, and the woodworking studio/model shop is configured to accommodate studio and lab classes. Both are well-equipped to serve individual student use over extended hours.