The proposed Eduardo Alvarez Studio Complex embodies the forward-thinking, regenerative, studio-based design philosophy that drives the College of Art and Architecture. The complex is conceived as a flexible indoor/outdoor learning space that emphasizes three components:
- Multidisciplinary design and construction of rapid prototypes
- Integrated teaching, learning and research
- Community outreach
Students will combine theoretical learning with hands-on practical construction. The complex space will be flexible enough to bring together classes of multiple disciplines for short two- to eight-week joint sessions, which will then recombine into other classroom structures.
The complex will be a series of enclosed spaces incorporated into a working garden. The building will highlight regenerative design through the use of low technology and high-performance design. Emphasis will be placed on a low carbon footprint, daylighting, renewable energy, green roofs, reduction of storm water runoff, recycling of water and other resources, and other sustainable design practices.
The complex will include studio and lecture classrooms, as well as space for construction of small and large projects, tool and equipment storage, faculty offices and research studios.