The FabLab at the School of Architecture Planning and Preservation emphasizes the notion of learning to design through the process of making. Our students learn to influence the form and meaning of the built environment by working directly with its material and physical nature. We stress the integration of digital and hand fabrication methods, and explore how traditional technology is affected and transformed by new materials and technique.
Detail is approached at many scales and in diverse materials. The Lab also collaborates with members of the School community on research projects and competition entries.
Our Workshop provides an extensive selection of hand and power tools for the manipulation of wood and other media. Our staff offers instruction in the safe use of tools and machinery and provides assistance, training and supervision in the processes and materials explored by our students.
Digital Modeling facilities complement traditional equipment and greatly expand the possibilities in research and design education.
Contact Thomas Swift for questions about the Fabrication Lab.