Welcome to the UIC School of Design!
The UIC Architecture + Design Studios building (ADS) houses both the School of Design and School of Architecture. The work of 21st century design professionals involve a range of activities from the craft-based traditions of design making to the leadership skills of design thinking and our facilities are designed to support this spectrum.
Housed on several floors within Architecture + Design Studios, the School of Design has an array of studio classrooms which are designed to support guided individual instruction as well as collaborative exchange. Our large atrium and public spaces serve as galleries for student work as well as an open workspace that supports community building and student collaboration. With their UIC IDs, students have 24/7 access to our public spaces. A photo studio supports coursework in design photography and this studio is also made available for individual student projects. The UIC Design Print Lab offers the latest in digital imaging services including color laser, large format, and risograph printing. The Print Lab is also the place where students can check out power chargers, laptop and camera equipment, xacto knives, cutting matts and more.
The School of Design and the School of Architecture jointly operate a Project Lab and a Digital Fabrication Lab—nicknamed the Fab Lab. Easily accessible on the first floor of our shared building, these labs foster student exchange between the two schools. The Project Lab offers equipment for foam, wood, and metal model-making. The Fab Lab houses a CNC router, two laser printers, and an array of 3D printers. All labs are supervised by full time staff who conduct required student training sessions each semester. Additional safety checks and guided instruction ensure that all students learn how to safely use the laboratory equipment with no prior experience necessary.
In addition to the resources of the Architecture + Design Studios building, our students have access to UIC’s world renowned Electronic Visualization Laboratory with immersive projection and virtual reality capabilities as well as the UIC Innovation Center where interdisciplinary student and faculty teams work collaboratively with university, business, and cultural partners.
The UIC School of Design is an established leader in design education. Students benefit from engagement with faculty recognized for excellence in their fields, and from the dynamic urban setting that is Chicago, with its thriving design community, exceptional cultural institutions, and penchant for invention.