A stroll through our two historic buildings reveals students and faculty teaching a robot to plasma-cut metal in the dFAB Lab, developing pitch-perfect climate-control apps in the Intelligent Workplace, or hand-crafting furniture in the SHOP. All facilities welcome undergraduate and graduate students from day one, ensuring that our students are as expert with a table saw as with Rhino.
Design Fabrication Lab (dFAB)
The School of Architecture's Design Fabrication Lab (dFAB) serves as a bridge between the digital and physical. dFAB focuses on the use of advanced digitally-driven design, prototyping, and manufacturing equipment, and fosters a context through which students and faculty are better equipped to probe the potential of pervasive digital design and fabrication. dFAB equips young professionals with the skills to thrive in an increasingly fluid and technologically sophisticated model of practice.
The SHOP provides a setting for each member of the School of Architecture to explore the process of designing and creating handmade objects. In long-standing tradition, every first-semester student receives training in the SHOP and continues to develop classic woodworking and metalworking skills throughout their time in the SoA.
Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace (IW)
The Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace (IW) is a living and lived-in office/laboratory. The IW provides hands-on experience with the performance of advanced integrated building technologies including acoustics, lighting and materials. Research undertaken in the IW aims to improve organizational flexibility, technological adaptability, energy and environmental effectiveness, and the health, productivity and motivation of office workers. The IW is home to the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics but is open to all interested students.
Computational Design Lab (CoDe Lab)
The Computational Design Lab (CoDe Lab) at Carnegie Mellon University is a multidisciplinary collaborative formed to address complex issues at the intersection of art, design, architecture, and engineering. This proto-maker space is equipped with computational, fabrication, and prototyping resources to support a curriculum based on post-disciplinary education.