The School of Design is based in historic Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall (MMCH), built between 1905-07 by nationally renowned Henry Hornbostel, who planned and designed the original Carnegie Mellon campus buildings.
We occupy over 29,000 square feet in MMCH. Our industrial design prototyping shop is located in Porter Hall across campus – see the campus map.
The Design School facilities include:
- Undergraduate studios
- A newly renovated graduate studio suite
- Seminar and critique spaces
- Lecture halls
- Traditional and digital prototyping shops
- Photo darkrooms and studio space
- A letterpress lab
- A state-of-the-art computer lab
- Faculty offices
Ours is one of the few design programs to offer each student a dedicated workspace in a shared studio area. Each workspace comes with a desk with lockable drawers, a chair, and a pin-up board. All studios are located in MMCH (with the exception of the sophomore Industrial Design studio in Porter Hall) and are accessible 24 hours a day. The open studio environment immerses students in the process and culture of design and encourages them to collaborate and learn from one another as well as their instructors.
In 2013 we opened a new 4,300-square-foot suite for our graduate students. This state-of-the-art facility is based upon research that shows students work more productively when a variety of spaces are available. The new facility offers students four areas within which to work: a distance-learning classroom, a café/kitchen area for informal discussions, a configurable 'collaboratory' space with a conference room, and a large quiet study area with desks.
The facility makes use of extensive white boards, embedded technology, and comfortable furniture which enables team-based work. Students from all of our master's and doctoral programs meet in the social space to share ideas and refreshments.
The new facility is part of an ongoing research project to explore higher-ed studio-based learning and is one of the most innovative learning spaces in any design school.