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College of Design

Enjoy your studies on the beautiful Iowa State Campus, where we are located in the College of Design.

Built in 1978, the College of Design building is a Brutalist structure located on the west side of the Iowa State University campus. It features:

  • Five stories of studio classrooms and offices wrapped around a public atrium capped with a vaulted skylight
  • Expansive lawns, native prairie plantings, and several display areas for public art outdoors
  • 250-seat auditorium
  • Electronic classroom
  • Flexible gallery space that may accommodate one or more exhibitions
  • Design branch of the university library
  • University bookstore’s Design Store
  • Model shop with CNC router
  • Design Café
  • Full-service output center
  • Several computer labs

The College of Design is the only Iowa State University classroom building open 24 hours per day, allowing convenient access to workspaces and intensive development of studio work. Take a look at our 3D interior view of the College of Design Atrium: 

Or take a tour of the facilities here:

Students in the first year of their Architecture studies are located in the ‘King Pavilion’:  23,735-sq.-ft. addition to the north side of the primary college building, built in 2009. This was the first LEED Platinum-certified higher education building in Iowa and provides a new home for:

Check out our “Featured Space”: College of Design Reading Room: 

Design Reading Room : Iowa State University College of Design

Located on the first floor of the College of Design (111 Design), this facility houses books, journals and other informational resources-both permanent and course reserve materials-that support the needs of students and faculty in all of the college’s academic programs. Staff provide assistance in the use of e-Library search engines and other electronic resources.