COLUMBIA COLLEGE A&D BUILDING
       
     
 Shop store
       
     
 Main shop
       
     
 Open studios and instruction space
       
     
 View of the shop
       
     
 Printmaking studios
       
     
 Computer lab
       
     
 Classroom
       
     
COLUMBIA COLLEGE A&D BUILDING
       
     
COLUMBIA COLLEGE A&D BUILDING

Chicago, IL

Client
Columbia College

Role
Design Principal in Charge
Gensler

Along with the restoration of 618 South Michigan, the renovation to several floors of the school's Art & Design building are among the 250 completed renovations at Columbia College in which I have participated. The art and design spaces for freshman were conceived over many years of planning, observation, and collaboration between faculty, students, and the design team. This renovation of a 1930 building arose in conjunction with a curriculum shift requiring all students to take fundamental courses in art and fabrication. The result is a 20,000 sq. ft. lofted studio that offers interdisciplinary, applied learning, and collaborative workspaces. The studios are open, unstructured, and participatory. Lab spaces, shops, and a variety of classroom environments engage students and invite exploration. The vibrant new campus contributes to the growth of a creative community.

 Shop store
       
     

Shop store

 Main shop
       
     

Main shop

 Open studios and instruction space
       
     

Open studios and instruction space

 View of the shop
       
     

View of the shop

 Printmaking studios
       
     

Printmaking studios

 Computer lab
       
     

Computer lab

 Classroom
       
     

Classroom