With spring classes now in full swing, the first of a multi-phase renovation of the architecture studio space is providing MAPP students with a more flexible work environment. Aerial electrical distribution has been installed in the studio under the MAPP library, allowing students to access power from virtually any part of the room through overhanging tracks. New workspaces have also been added to the studio space; the new desks have a large flat sheet drawer, adjustable desk height for greater accessibility, space for a laptop and a series of lockable drawers. They are also wheel-mounted, allowing for easy reconfiguration of the space to meet the needs of students and faculty.
The full renovation, which is expected to take a year to complete, was orchestrated by Dean David Cronrath to create a more equipped, well-lit and productive work/study environment. A committee of faculty and students have consulted and contributed to the renovation planning from the get-go, undertaking tasks like test-driving new studio desks, researching flexible power distribution options and embarking on site visits to area design firms to see what’s working for today’s top architects.
The next phase of the renovation will take place this summer in the building’s “great space;” this will include a substantial upgrade of the studio’s lighting system and a new collaborative digital work environment. Aerial power distribution will also be installed in time for fall classes.
“The goal is to provide our students with the tools they need to work creatively and successfully during their time at Maryland,” says Dean Cronrath. “Our space should match the outstanding instruction and unique interdisciplinary opportunities we offer, like the Solar Decathlon and ULI competitions. This renovation is a step in the right direction.”
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