Located on the third floor, the architecture/planning studio offers 30,000 square feet of continuous workspace and is the largest academic studio in the world. The large, open plan is configured with modular workplaces for each student electing a studio course. All tables and storage units are movable in order to permit easy adaptation to a variety of class sizes, projects, and methods of instruction. Seminar rooms and flexible design review spaces are located at each end of the studio.
Building Policies and Culture
The Art & Architecture Building has been shared by Taubman College and the School of Art & Design since 1974. As a shared space, we have many combined and shared building policies and services. Taubman College occupies the west side of the building, which includes studio spaces on the third floor, in addition to the SAND and FAB Labs. Art & Design occupies the East side of the building. The courtyard and campus computing site are two examples of shared and communal space.
The building has limited access hours for safety purposes. It is open and unlocked fall and winter terms from 7 am–10 pm weekdays; 7 am–7 pm weekends. After hours, members of the Art & Architecture community can use their MCard at the six main building entrances to access the building.
First-aid kits are located at either end of the studio and within the Dean's office, supplied to treat minor cuts and injuries. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if they are low. Report any serious injuries to the Dean's Office and seek treatment at the University Hospital. In case of emergency contact 911.
In case of severe weather, proceed to the 1st floor southwest corridor. In the case of fire, exit the building immediately. Evacuation plans are posted on each of the bottom and top floor stairwells.
Public Safety can be reached at 734.763.1131 (3-1131 from campus phones). Please report any suspicious behavior throughout the building or studio to the Dean's Office, the Facilities Manager, or Public Safety.
The building has lockers available for Taubman College student, faculty and staff storage, located on the first floor south hallway. Registration is not required; simply place a lock on a locker of your choosing. Lockers must be vacated prior to the end of the academic year. The locker is college property and standards of maintenance must be adhered to.
Rules for using lockers:
- You are responsible for maintaining the interior and exterior of your locker in good condition. You may not damage the paint, drill holes in the locker, paint it, wallpaper it, etc.
- The locker may not be used to store dangerous materials, substances, or weapons.
- The locker may not be used to store food.
- Please, no writing or posting on the outside of your locker.
- You must remove all of your items by the posted date at the end of the academic year (beginning of May). There is absolutely no storage permitted in lockers over the spring/summer recess.
- Materials remaining in your locker after the posted clean out date will be removed and disposed of.
- You must be a member of the Art & Architecture community.
Lost and Found
The building lost and found is maintained by the Facilities Coordinator (Room 2105, office hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m). Make lost and found inquiries to Tom Green, email@example.com, or via phone.
Studio Policies and Culture
Studio based education is intense and both physically and emotionally taxing. Taubman College is committed to a positive and respectful learning environment through the encouragement of the fundamental values of optimism, respect, sharing, engagement and innovation between and among the members of its faculty, student body, administration and staff. Key to a healthy and productive learning environment is the establishment of an efficient daily routine that balances the well being of the individual student with high academic standards. Taubman College encourages students and faculty to appreciate these values as guiding principles of professional conduct throughout their careers. We are sharing these policies for your benefit. There are consequences for violations of these policies.
Furniture and desk keys
A clear circulation corridor through and around each studio must be maintained at all times. These "corridors" are marked by swathes of red paint on the floors. Per fire codes, do not occupy these zones. Each student is provided a desk and a chair. Each desk comes with three locking drawers-one with a key; two by student provided padlock. Keys are available from the Facilities Coordinator (Room 2105, tel 734.763.3132). Be sure to bring your Student I.D. and key number, which is usually located inside the locking cabinet. A refundable $20 security deposit is required. Under no circumstances should any part of the desk be disassembled. Use a protective surface, such as a cutting mat, when cutting material. Desks also come equipped with one desk lamp. Should you need a new light bulb email Facilities Coordinator, Tom Green (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up an exchange. Studio furniture must remain in the studio.
At the start of a new semester, students shift studios and your new furniture can be found there. In other words, desks are not attached to students. In addition, this furniture should not to be used as structure for attachments. Please do not nail, bolt or screw things to your desks or credenzas. Post your name somewhere on this furniture in clear view in case you need to be located. Students are advised to lock personal possessions and valuable equipment for safety. Never leave anything you do not want to lose overnight, especially on weekends or breaks.
There is no space for storing student work outside of your immediate working area. Work left in public spaces is vulnerable to removal and vandalism. Protect your work. Document your work. Back-up your work.
At either end of the third floor there are large bins to place any material that can be re-used by someone else. This may include, but is not limited to chipboard, cardboard, foamcore, wood, and any scrap materials.
"Dirty Work" and "Clean Work"
The third floor is designed for computing, drawing, and model making. If models require materials like plaster, concrete, wax, and large scale pieces of wood, then this work should be done with supervision in a very limited area or outside. Each student is responsible for promptly removing the resulting waste and spills from these endeavors. Absolutely NO plaster or concrete can be poured into the sinks.
If you are using any media with fumes (paints, thinners, solvents, spray adhesives), do this work only in the Spray Booths. These are hooded, filtered enclosures constructed at each end of the third floor. You must turn them on in order for the toxic gases to be properly vented and exhausted out of the building. Please do not spray in hallways or common studio areas. Hazardous materials, such as resin, are not permitted in the studio, including the spray booths. Notify the Facilities Coordinator of any missing or clogged air filters. Additionally, no appliances are permitted on the third floor: not refrigerators, not microwaves, not space heaters. None.
These spaces can be reserved on a master calendar posted on the third floor. A few tips on review etiquette: Do not step on the fabric or rolling chairs when hanging work; Always leave room for others to pass behind a review without causing a disruption; Leave the review space better than you found it.
At the end of every semester each student is responsible for disposing of all trash, unwanted models and drawings, recycling paper, and sorting materials for re-use by others. During the Fall to Winter break you may leave your materials secured in your desks. The College does not assume responsibility for any work left in the studio. Attach your name and telephone number to anything not at your desk. On the first official day of class in the winter term, move your belongings to your new desk in your new studio. Models may not be stored in the building.
At the conclusion of each semester dismantle any models and bases you do not wish to take home. Again, there are re-use bins at either end of the third floor. Any material or model deemed unusable by others should be taken to the dumpster located by the loading dock.
Studio Policy (PDF 199KB)