Architecture West is one of several excellent buildings that make up the College of Design. It was designed by Jerry Cooper, alumnus of the College of the Design, in 1979 as an extension to, and complement of, the original architecture building, Architecture East. The administrative offices of the School of Architecture and the School of Industrial Design are located on the second and third floors. The building houses classroom space and undergraduate computer labs, jury spaces, and large spacious design studios with views to a verdant campus and beyond to Midtown Atlanta.
The ground floor functions as a public passage, where students and faculty from various colleges find a light-filled atrium. Many architecture students, as well as others, choose this social nexus as a space to study and/or socialize. The contiguous Architecture Library, and the locally owned and operated Galloway Café, as well as lots of comfortable seating and high tables contribute to the campus-wide popularity of this space.