Students standing on top of the deer stand used by the Spatial Futures Studio to study AI and Architecture, and students, Faculty, and Guests on the main level at the 2020 Digital Fabrication Showcase



Primary facilities accommodating students, faculty, and staff of the College of Design include four buildings. The College of Design building is comprised of two wings (East and West) completed in 1952 and 1980 respectively, the Hinman Research building, constructed in 1939 and renovated in 2011, and the Digital Fabrication Lab (DFL) located on Marietta Street.

Exterior image of the Architecture East Building from the Architecture East Courtyard.

Architecture East

The College of Design (formerly the College of Architecture) found its first home in the Architecture East Building, constructed in 1952. The facility was designed by the firm Bush-Brown, Gailey, and Heffernan. Located at 245 4th Street NW, you can find the wood shop, photography studio, the offices for the School of City & Regional Planning, classrooms, the Dean’s office suite, and the Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium. 

View of Architecture West from the third floor atria over looking the atria of the building, the architecture offices on the third floor, and the Rapunzel bench.

Architecture West

Architecture West 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, respectively. The building houses classroom space and undergraduate computer labs, Galloway Café and student lounge space, jury spaces, and large spacious design studios with views to a verdant campus and beyond to Midtown Atlanta. 

The word Design on an overhang on the 3rd floor of the Hinman Research Building overlooking the main floor's graduate studio space.

Hinman Research Building

Widely recognized for its design excellence with numerous professional and industry awards, the Hinman Research Building, combines a sensitive rehabilitation of vintage, modern, and utilitarian research lab with an architecturally inventive and experientially rich spatial adaptation re-programmed for design and research instruction. This facility houses design studios for the Master of Architecture and Master of Science degree programs, jury spaces, computer lab, faculty offices, Design Computation and Building Technology research labs accommodating research scientists and Ph.D. student workspaces. 

Overhead image of students the machinery available on the main level of the Digital Fabrication Lab

Digital Fabrication Lab

The Digital Fabrication Lab is a facility for the fabrication and assembly of full-scale building prototypes and mock-ups. The laboratories and equipment in the DFL support both faculty research and research-based studios and seminars. Students interact with faculty in the DFL in full-semester courses. Much of the coursework, equipment, and research in the lab focuses on the automated production and assembly of building systems using information models and CNC equipment. The lab also houses a small structures and materials lab, a concrete casting lab, and outdoor workspaces for installation and testing of mock-ups.

Research Labs

The Hinman Research Building is also home to three research labs: the Digital Building Laboratory (DBL), the High Performance Building Laboratory (HPBL), and the Shape Computation Laboratory (SCL). 


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