UMass Sesquicentennial

Resources

Students in the Architecture+Design program have access to many campus resources including studios, computer labs, libraries, workshops and others.

Fine Arts Center Studios

Designed in 1972 by Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates, this modernist concrete building was conceived as a gateway to the campus. The lobby, constructed in 1999, respects the concept of a gateway to the campus by providing transparency through the extensive use of glass.

The Fine Arts Center remains the most visible structure at the entrance to the campus. On its lower floors, the building contains a major concert hall, a theater, recital hall, and a small experimental theater, while the large bridge above contains the Architecture + Design Studios.

Every student is assigned a personal desk in one of the Fine Arts Center studios each semester. Studios are accessible outside of class hours for design and other course work. All studios have wireless access. Many have pinup spaces and large screens for sharing work. The hallway serves as a collective exhibit space. Additional facilities within the Fine Arts Center and the adjacent Studio Arts Building and Herter Hall include seminar rooms, lecture halls, exhibit spaces and workshops.

The Architecture +Design administrative offices are located on the third floor of the Fine Arts Center in FAC455. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Faculty members have offices on the third and fourth floors near studios, and make themselves available to meet with students outside of classes, during weekly office hours.

Computer Labs - Fine Arts Center 444

The UMass Amherst Office of Information Technologies operates 10 computer classrooms on campus and over 100 computers in the Learning Commons at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. OIT maintains a thiry-seat dual-boot classroom in the Fine Arts Center adjacent to the Architecture + Design Studios. Students have access to this lab and the thirty-nine seat Morrill III 212 Windows lab for digital technology courses. When not being used for teaching, students, faculty and staff have access to the Computer Classroom facilities. Consultants and printers are available in each of the OIT Classrooms. Members of the UMass community can use their UCards to pay for printing on a per page basis.

Classroom hours may vary, especially at the beginning and end of each semester. Hours, locations, guidelines for use, and availability are available at http://www.oit.umass.edu/computer-classrooms

Libraries

The Du Bois Library is housed in a 28-story building in the geographical center of the campus.The Art and Architecture collection is housed in a 10,000-square-foot stack area. The Library belongs to the Five College Consortium and shares an online catalog with them. All University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty, graduate students and staff have borrowing privileges to the collections of the Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst).  The Library is also a member of the Boston Library Consortium, whose member libraries provide free reciprocal borrowing. The Library collection has 23,150 volumes classified in the NA and NK categories directly pertaining to architecture. In addition, the Library owns “American Architectural Books,” a 128-reel microfilm collection containing almost 1,500 titles. There are substantial, related collections in Regional and City Planning classified in HT, in Landscape Architecture classified in SB, and in Building Construction classified in TH.

More information can be found at http://www.library.umass.edu

Workshops

The Architecture+Design Program's laser cutter is located in the Fine Arts Center Building room 439 and is available for academic assignments and other projects. See computing resources for additional information.

Located on the ground floor of the Studio Arts Building, the wood and metal shops enable students to work in wood, metal, and various other materials. Many other shops are located throughout the Five Colleges and available for student use and collaboration.