• Exterior of the Design Store located on the second floor of the College of Design.

    The Design Store

    The Design Store is a branch of the Iowa State University Book Store located on the second floor of the College of Design building. For studio or just for fun, the store carries a variety of products, including everyday art supplies.

  • Student working in the College of Design Model Shop.

    College Model Shop

    The Model Shop in room 0020 Design is available for student projects. A small fee for a semester pass gives you access to tools, time, the scraps room, and computer-aided cutting.

  • Art supplies from The Design Closet.

    The Design Closet

    The Design Closet, managed by the Multicultural Student Services Office in the College of Design, collects and provides recycled and gently used supplies for students with financial need. It also partners with the University Book Store to provide students in the first-year Core Design Program courses with reduced-cost supply kits.

  • Output Center in the College of Design

    Output Center

    The Output Center is a college resource that provides services including black-and-white printing, color printing, 3D printing, wide-format printing and three laser cutters. The Output Center also allows students, faculty, and staff to check out a variety of equipment including cameras, camcorders, tripods, microphones, and more.

  • Student exploring exhibition held in Gallery 181.

    Gallery 181

    Gallery 181 is located on the first floor of the College of Design building. Exhibition viewing hours are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday and by special arrangement. Closed weekends and university holidays. Admission is free.

  • Metal and Wood Shop Student Innovation Center

    Student Innovation Center Makerspaces

    The Student Innovation Center’s Makerspaces offers everything from 3D printing, glass blowing, embroidery, wood working, podcasting, virtually reality and more. The spaces offer hands-on learning opportunities available to all students.

  • Student worker at the College of Design Cafe.

    Design Cafe

    The Design Cafe is located on the first floor near the front entrance to the College of Design. It serves coffees, teas, sodas; sandwiches, salads, sides, and soups; and lots of tasty snacks and desserts! The cafe is operated by ISU Dining, and students can use their Dining Dollars and Flex Meal options here.

  • An undergraduate student works on a computer in the GIS lab.

    Geographic Information Systems Support and Research Facility

    The Geographic Information Systems Support and Research Facility (GISF) supports the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology, providing GIS education and outreach opportunities for students.

  • Architecture Fabrication Shop desks

    Architecture Fabrication Shop

    The Architecture Fabrication Shop and Robotics Lab are primarily used by students studying in the Department of Architecture. These spaces provide a unique learning environment for seminars and studios. The Shop is also available as an open makerspace during shop hours.

  • Shelby Doyle in lab with her students

    Architectural Robotics Lab

    The Architectural Robotics Lab explores the emergent field of research, design, and construction utilizing robotic technology. It works to connect developments in computation to the challenges of construction through teaching, research, publication, and exhibition.

  • Student Innovation Center Letterpress Room

    Letterpress Lab

    The Letterpress Lab offers a hands-on experience with the art of letterpress printing and an opportunity to explore the rich history of this timeless art.

Information Technology Services

Iowa State’s College of Design uses computer-aided techniques, software, and equipment in the classroom and studio. To ensure access for all students, we offer three public computer labs with 80 machines, a full-service output facility, an ambitious laptop program serving 500 students, and more.

Students view College of Design architecture designs in the atrium of the Student Innovation Center

Student Innovation Center

The Student Innovation Center is the nexus on Iowa State’s campus where all Cyclones are invited to hone their innovation skills through experimentation, collaboration, and the free exchange of ideas. The College of Design offers a number of classes and opportunities throughout the building as well; visit the Letterpress Lab on the first floor and the Design classrooms on the fourth floor to see our students’ innovation in action.

A prospective student and their family talk with an Iowa State University admissions representative.

A Cyclone in the Making

The best way to picture yourself on Iowa State’s campus is to visit and experience it yourself! Meet with Iowa State University students, tour the entire campus, and see our College of Design students creating and designing first-hand.