University of Miami School of Architecture Opens Design BuildLab

By UM News

University of Miami School of Architecture Opens Design BuildLab

By UM News

 

 

On March 8, 2018 we celebrated the dedication of the B. E. & W. R. Miller BuildLab, where we heard from our University leadership, students, and donors about the transformational effect that this gift will have on future generations of Architecture students. The B.E. & W.R. Miller BuildLab, designed by Professor Rocco Ceo, provides a home for the design/build program where students execute an architectural project from beginning to end in a safe and properly equipped environment. As part of the hands-on learning process, the students are currently tasked with completing the furnishings and interior and exterior details of the open-air building, which has a 40-foot by 40-foot concrete frame with 17.5-feet-high ceilings.

Students’ designs were typically built out in the open, exposed to the elements, in the School of Architecture courtyard but, with the BuildLab, there is now a dedicated space for students to bring their ideas to life and at full-scale.

“The students not only solve problems on paper, they actually build the solutions,” said Dean Rudy el-Khoury, “the BuildLab plunges them into the messy reality of the physical world, an experience that is increasingly missing from the digitized realm of design.”

Each semester, students build a project for a community partner, and the BuildLab program continues to seek funding for ongoing operation.

For more information, to take a tour, or to make a donation to the BuildLab program, please contact Lisa Merritt at LMerritt@miami.edu or 305-284-5841.

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