Shattuck Hall (1914 SW Park Ave.) is an elegant 1915 red-brick school building transformed into a dynamic contemporary learning environment. It is home to the School of Architecture as well as a wood shop, a digital fabrication studio, a metal shop with welding area, a foundry for bronze and aluminum with wax room, and sculpture classroom and casting shop.
State-of-the-art hydronic heating and cooling ceiling panels moderate the interior environment combined with openable windows and energy-efficient lighting throughout. The design intent, to “put systems on display,” makes the building a veritable teaching tool, exposing everything from wiring and plumbing to the original plank-formed poured-in-place concrete structure.
The 2008 remodel of Shattuck Hall has garnered two AIA local and regional honor awards for design, an AIA sustainability award, and top awards from engineering and interior design professional organizations.
Architectural Design Studios
Shattuck Hall’s third floor includes a sequence of thematic Architectural Design Studios in which ideas are explored through diverse media, making drawings and models and fabricating full-size artifacts. Supporting the School of Architecture’s progressive attitude toward the design process and theoretical speculation, Shattuck Hall accommodates multi-level open-plan studios, extensive material workshops for wood, metal and digital fabrication, gallery spaces, dedicated seminar and classroom spaces and administrative and faculty offices.
Our 6,000-square-foot Materials Lab encompasses the Model Shop and Wood Shop, an integrated resource containing a range of large- and small-scale woodworking equipment. The Metal Shop houses a foundry and welding stations, available to Architecture as well as Art students. A Casting Shop for concrete and plasterwork is also housed within the School of Architecture. Welding classes are offered to upper-division Architecture students at various times throughout the year, and the Shop Manager holds shop and equipment orientations at the start of each term.
Digital Production Space
A separate portion of our Materials Lab is devoted to digital fabrication, including a laser cutter, 3D printer, and CNC router, all of which are used by students either the supervision of faculty.
Digital Graphics Lab
The Digital Lab holds a digital classroom that offers network/server/software connectivity for Architecture students with their own School-mandated laptop computers for use during digital graphics classes. This space also includes a print suite with several computer terminals, and scanning, printing and plotting equipment.
A small photographic studio with studio lights, backdrops and camera equipment is available to Architecture students for photographing their work for portfolio and archiving.
Building Science Lab to Advance Teaching (BUILT)
BUILT (Building Science Lab to Advance Teaching) provides undergraduate students in Architecture and Engineering with the equipment and support to study and advance building science through hands-on research. The lab encourages more rapid integration of building science strategies, materials, and systems by conducting student-led simulations or post-occupancy analysis of existing buildings and applying this research to projects currently under design through collaboration with professional practitioners. Students taking architecture classes in environmental design, building technology and even architectural history have an opportunity to use the equipment in the lab for assigned research projects related to monitoring how buildings work, including lighting levels, thermal comfort, and energy use.
Mat Lab: Material Explorations
The Mat Lab exhibition space, which can be found on the second floor of Shattuck Hall, was envisioned by a group of architecture students and faculty and financed in 2011 by a Solutions Generator grant from the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. This rotating exhibit showcases student innovations in material reuse, from escalator hand rails turned into benches, to flooring surfaces made from athletic shoe treads. Exhibits change on a periodic basis.