Studios, Labs, & Facilities
SoAD Design Studios
The Architecture Program’s studios are primarily located in Fletcher Hall rooms 104, 122, 222A 228, 233 and in an auxiliary building 1606 Johnston Street room 115. All studios are connected to the University’s wireless network.
First and second year studios are located on the first floor of Fletcher Hall in open plan rooms 104 and 122. In the more than 9,000 square feet each student has a dedicated desk with filing cabinet or built-in storage for lockable safekeeping of items and seating. Desks alternate between first year and second-year students, initially a pandemic response to provide the requisite physical separation of students on different studio schedules but retained as a layout to promote near-peer mentorship. Each room has 625 square feet of designated critique area with Homasote fiberboard covered partition walls, video display, seating and conference tables. Two light tables are available for use in each space. Electricity to each desk is provided by ceiling mounted flexible cord outlets.
Professional studios and graduate studios are located on the second floor of Fletcher Hall and in the auxiliary building. Each studio is in a separate, lockable room. Each student has a dedicated Formaspace Benchmarx 3’-0” x 5’-0” desk with upper shelf, utility file drawers, and power strip and seating. Each room has Homasote fiberboard covered walls for pin-up, video display, seating and most studios have a conference table. Electricity to each desk is provided by permanent power poles and power strips.
• Fletcher Hall Room 222A – Graduate Studio, 860 sq.ft
• Fletcher Hall Room 228 – Third-year studio, 1,200 square feet
• Fletcher Hall Room 233 – Graduate Studio, 820 square feet
• 1606 Johnston Street, Room 115 – Fourth-year studio, 1,978 square feet
Professional studio locations may change based on course enrollment. Fletcher Hall and the auxiliary building are accessible to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through student identification key card or digital keypad entry.
SoAD General Fabrication Laboratory
Located in Fletcher Hall room 113, the 2,720 square feet space includes traditional and CNC equipment for working in wood, plastics, and cold metals operations necessary to complete student projects and faculty research. Equipment and training for use of that equipment is organized into three levels plus the addition of several specialized stand-alone tools. Training is based on student and course needs. Training is provided by the Assistant Director of Fabrication Facilities at the beginning of each term.
SawStop Professional table saw
Milwaukee panel saw
Makita compound sliding miter saw
Tannewitz 36" bandsaw
Laguna 18" bandsaw
Laguna 14" band saw (x2)
Oneway 1640 lathe
Delta DJ20 jointer
Delta DC580 planer
Powermatic 18” variable speed drill press
Dayton 17” drill press
Dayton disk/belt sander
Baldor 20” disk sander
Shop Fox oscillating spindle sander
Jet oscillating spindle sander
Extrema oscillating edge sander
72" x 2” belt sander
Metalworking Tools (Cold Metals)
South Bend metal lathe
MSC manual mill
Dayton 20” drill press
Tormek T8 sharpening system
Proto-Vac vacuum forming machine
Wilton 14" band saw
Vectrax 3-axis CNC mill
Haas 48” x 96” CNC table router
Dayton Speedaire air compressor
Sternvent cyclone dust collection system
8’ x 10’ ventilated spray booth
SoAD Digital Fabrication Laboratory
Located in Fletcher Hall room 109, the 1,162 sq.f.t space includes equipment for the use by students, faculty, and staff. Training is provided by the Assistant Director of Fabrication Facilities at the request of studio instructors.
Boss LS 3655 series laser cutter
Boss LS 1630 series laser cutter
Universal ILS 12.75 laser cutter
Fumex Ventilation units (x3)
Prusa I3 Mk 3 filament printer (x5)
Raise 3d Pro 2 filament printer (x2)
Raise 3d Pro 2 Plus filament printer (x2)
Ultimaker 2+ filament printer (x2)
FormLabs 3+ resin printer
3 Computers for lab technicians
2 Computers for student use
SoAD Metal Fabrication Laboratory
Located in Madison Hall room 140, the 2,800 square feet space includes traditional and CNC equipment for working in both hot and cold metals. Training is based on student and course needs. Training is provided by the Assistant Director of Fabrication Facilities when requested.
These Fabrication Facilities are supervised by the School of Architecture and Design Director of Research Initiatives and Fabrication Facilities and an Assistant Director of Fabrication Facilities. responsibilities include personnel supervision, budget management, equipment acquisition and maintenance, development of safety and use policies, safety and equipment training, assistance with student and faculty research, and operational planning.
Student fees are assessed for studios, materials courses, and some support courses to support the operations of the Laboratories. Fees are based on regulations adopted by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System and the student body through regular elections. Course fees, such as the Architecture & Design Lab fee, are the funding source for equipment and supply purchases, equipment maintenance, and hourly student worker staff.
48” x 96” CNC plasma cutter
Metalworking Tools (Cold Metals)
PRC 25-ton hydraulic press
Thomas metal cutting circular saw
Milwaukee 14” abrasive cut-off saw
Dewalt 14” abrasive cut-off saw
Dake Johnson 18” bandsaw
Dayton 20” drill press
Procut 20” disk sander
Wilton disk/belt sander
72" x 2” belt sander
Belt sander (x2)
Pexto slip roller
Tennsmith slip roller
Tennsmith 52” foot shear
12” Klutch plate shear
48” National metal brake
Pipe bender (x2)
Metalworking Tools (Hot Metals)
Say Mak 150 lb power hammer
Powermax plasma cutter
Miller MIG welder (x3)
Miller TIG welder
Century 295 arc welder
Oxy-Acetylene torches (x4)
Propane forge (x2)
Natural gas forge
Ingersoll Rand air compressor
Sandblasting cabinet (x2)
SoAD Student Resource Room
Located in room 212, the more than 600 square feet space was designed to accommodate the School’s professional student organization groups for meeting space and provide break-out space for students between classes. Room 212 is outfitted with moveable lounge chairs, upholstered benches, side tables, workspace tables, task and overhead lighting, Homasote fiberboard covered walls for pin-up, video display, power strips, the University’s wireless network connectivity, kitchenette and a lockable room for student organization supply storage.
CoA Classrooms. Fletcher Hall rooms 101, 211, 134 and 232, are fully networked and include a digital display, multimedia podium and projector. Classrooms are outfitted with task tables or conference tables, seating, and Homasote fiberboard covered walls for pin-up.
• Fletcher Hall Room 101 – 1,049 square feet
• Fletcher Hall Room 211 – 912 square feet
• Fletcher Hall Room 232 – 820 square feet
Fletcher Hall Room 134 provides raked, fixed seating for 135 people. The 2,500 sq.f.t auditorium serves as a multi-purpose lecture and performance facility and is equipped with multimedia podium and projector, stage lighting and sound booth.
CoA Digital Media Resource Center
Located in Fletcher Hall room 209, the 2,000 square feet space serves as a classroom and common area where students can go to research information, write papers, scan and archive work, screen films, and work on design projects using industry software. The 2-classroom Center is equipped with 40 student-use computers, 2 teacher-use computers, 3 screens, and a scanning station. Each computer has the Adobe Suite, Maya, Mudbox, Rhino 6 and Microsoft Office installed.
Student fees are assessed for some support courses to support the operations of the Center. Fees are based on regulations adopted by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System and the student body through regular elections. Course fees are the funding source for equipment and supply purchases, equipment maintenance, and hourly student worker staff.
CoA Photo Documentation Room
Located in Fletcher Hall room 110 the 320 square feet room is equipped with lighting, tables, pin-up surface, and backdrops to support the documentation of original work.
CoA Exhibition Spaces
There are 2 formal and one informal exhibition spaces in Fletcher Hall. The Dean’s Gallery, a 600 square feet space located on the second-floor hosts small-to-moderately sized faculty and student exhibitions with a monthly rotation. The Fletcher Hall Gallery, a 2,500 square feet gallery located on the second floor was reestablished as an exhibition space for the College in 2015. It previously served as the University’s Art Museum from 1984-2004. The space hosts the Department of Visual Arts and the School of Architecture and Design senior and Master’s Project exhibitions, annual high school showcases, and juried student and special exhibitions. Event and space planning is organized by the gallery curator. An informal Fletcher Hall Lobby exhibition space hosts monthly rotations of student work as a gateway experience to the building.