Carnegie Mellon University / Graduate School of Design Studio


Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Scope: Architectural Services

Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design reimagined their graduate student experience. Terry Irwin, Head of the school, explains, “We wanted to reinvent the graduate student experience and place plays an important role in that new experience.” An historic building on campus is the site for the 7,000 SF renovation. Spaces include conventional studio space configuration, yet seats are unassigned realizing that not all students choose to work conventionally. Interactive collaboration space dominates the facility with gals enclosed project rooms. In addition is an ”active learning lab” utilizing technology to facilitate group work sessions during a scheduled classroom event.

A visit with Steelcase Education Solutions and evidence-based design research provided an understanding of the fit of the person relative to space, and the intentional implementation of social interaction/collaboration. Design solutions built upon this knowledge base.