Carnegie Mellon University
School of Architecture, Pittsburgh USA

 

The School of Architecture occupies two wonderful turn-of-the-century buildings on the central part of campus. With over 50,000 square feet of space in these two buildings, (Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall and the College of Fine Arts), the School is able to provide dedicated studio space for every full-time student.

As the foundation to the pedagogy of the first professional degree programs, the studios are of ultimate importance. CFA 200 has been the traditional “main” studio for the School of Architecture and currently houses all first- and second-year students. MMCH 312 is the home of all studio-based programs (including M.Arch) and the fourth floor is home to all MS/PhD students.

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Digital Fabrication Lab (dFAB)

Because architecture is fundamentally physical, dFAB offers students and faculty advanced digitally-driven design, prototyping and manufacturing equipment to span the divide between virtual simulation and physical design investigation. Students and faculty from the Schools of Architecture, Art and Design use the lab that is open 40 hours per week—throughout the design process and at multiple scales. The lab is located in the basement of Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall (MMCH) and comprises 4000 square feet, including 1000 square feet of dedicated robotic fabrication space.

Robot lab equipment:

  • ABB IRB 120 6-axis industrial robotic cell, including mobile cart

  • ABB IRB 1600 6-axis industrial robotic cell

  • ABB IRB 4400 7-axis industrial robotic cell, including external rotary axis table (45kg payload rating)

  • ABB IRB 6640 8-axis industrial robotic cell, including 6-meter linear rail axis and tool axis (180kg payload rating)

  • Automated tooling:

    • Tool change milling spindle

    • Pneumatic gripper

    • Sensor probe

    • Hot wire cutter

    • Incremental metal former

  • 4-axis CNC router (48” x 96” x 11” cutting volume), includes oscillating tangential knife

  • 24” x 36” 75W laser cutters (2)

  • Vacuum forming machine (22” x 22” x 16” forming volume)

  • 60” x 96” vacuum laminator

  • Fused deposition soluble and breakaway support 3D printers (2)

  • Polyjet resin 3D Printer

  • Plaster powder color 3D printer

  • 3-axis CNC Bed Mil, includes vacuum and jaw workholding fixtures

The SHOP

The Shop provides a setting for each member of the School of Architecture to work with a range of tools and raw materials as they fabricate hand-made objects of their own design. Every first-semester undergraduate student receives introductory shop training, and is subsequently encouraged to develop classic wood- and metalworking skills throughout their course of study. Many graduate students take advantage of the same training and resources.

The shop is nearly 3,800 square feet in size with a large machine and assembly room, a separate metalworking room, tool and material storage areas, a project storage area, offices and an adjacent pin-up area for design review.

Woodworking equipment includes:

  • Saws, planers, drills, routers, sanders, lathe etc

  • Several vise-equipped workbenches

  • A range of powered and manual hand-held tools

  • Machining and sheet metal equipment

Computational Design Lab (CoDe Lab)

The Code Lab is a multidisciplinary research and learning laboratory within the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. It houses a dynamic community of graduate students and faculty investigating relationships between people, spaces and computational ideas and processes. Current research includes speculative design tools, spatial analytics, computational making, virtual and augmented realities, data visualization, architectural robotics, tactical media, as well as research into historical and theoretical questions concerning technology in design. Code Lab faculty and students often collaborate with partners in the scientific fields and the humanities, and endeavor to form and maintain alliances with peer centers in academia and industry both nationally and internationally.

The lab primarily houses graduate students and faculty in the Master of Science in Computational Design program, but collaborations with students and faculty from other programs and departments are common, and encouraged. The lab offers spaces and resources for collaborative and individual work, presentations, prototyping, and fabrication.

The lab is actively seeking to update its computational, fabrication and prototyping resources. The facility is home to around 20 Master students in the Computational Design program but is an open research platform for interested students at all levels, from any background.

The lab is divided into two spaces: an open space with individual and communal work areas, and a fabrication space.

Equipment:

  • Epilog 24" x 18” laser cutter

  • Dimension SST FDM 3D printer

  • Electronics workbench with soldering stations

  • Drill press, bandsaw, various power & hand tools

Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace (IW)

This living and lived-in office/laboratory provides hands-on experience with the performance of advanced integrated building technologies including acoustics, lighting and materials. It also affords interaction with leading researchers and professionals in architecture, engineering, manufacturing, government and the nonprofit sector who visit to participate in research and demonstration projects. Research undertaken in the IW aims to improve organizational flexibility; technological adaptability; energy and environmental effectiveness; and the health, productivity and motivation of white-collar workers. The IW is home to the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics but is open to all interested students. At 6700 square feet, the IW sits atop Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall.

Project Re_

Our internationally recognized Urban Design Build Studio (UDBS) is co-located within CFA 212, MMCH 321 and Project Re_ at Construction Junction, approximately 3 miles from the center of the main campus. This 14,900 sf space has been converted from a warehouse to a custom fabricated community room, studio and gallery space, metal, stone cutting and wood shops and digital fabrication lab.