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Computing Resources

In the Department of Architecture, you will depend upon personal computers for communications, scheduling, research and personal work. Computer use is also required in many courses. The new Design Building has a forty seat classroom and a flexible laptop lab adjacent to the Department of Architecture Studios. It is open for student use when classes are not in session. There are other computer workstations available in the Learning Commons at the UMass library. While you may find these resources useful, it will be difficult for you to be productive without your own laptop computer. The University provides many software packages for free and others at a significant educational discount. Before purchasing hardware or software, it is worth reviewing the resources available to you.

Please click here to review and download the details in PDF format.


Plotting and Digital Fabrication

The Design Building has a plotter room adjacent to the computer lab with large format plotters.

The Design Building features a new digital fabrication lab featuring laser cutters, 3d printers, a cnc router, and a vacuum former. Equipment will be available for academic assignments and research projects as soon as equipment and protocols are brought online during 2017. Information, hours, and trainings will be posted as soon as these are available. The 2017-2018 TA is Guy Vigneau.

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UMass Amherst Information Technology

First stop for all things UMass and technology, including your email account and academic software purchases, visit the UMass Amherst Information Technology website

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Free & Discounted Software for Students
Adobe Campus Agreement Program
Microsoft Campus Agreement Program
UMass USave Hardware Discounts
JourneyEd.com - educational pricing on many products