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New Design Research Lab Opens

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November 8, 2021

The Department of Art & Design is proud to announce the creation of the Design Research Lab in Ingram Hall. A student-led project supported by faculty member Samer Fouad, Visiting Assistant Professor of Design, the space includes a design library, work tables, a printer, and various consumable resources. The lab is located in room 106 and is open during business hours during classes or by student request. It is connected by an interior door to room 116, the main graphic design classroom which provides extra space as needed for class projects and student collaboration. With wall-to-wall windows, exposed brick, and a cheery blue paint, students are sure to be inspired by the space they’ve created. Fouad offers, “We invite all students, no matter their major, to come and visit the space and talk with our students about how design can enrich and enhance their own work and practice.” Scroll on for a photo tour of the space!

Students prepare to arrange and organize materials
Empty walls ready for ideas!
Glass-topped drafting desks along the wall allow students to work on big pieces.

About the space, Fouad says, “The Design Research Lab is an interdisciplinary space where upper divisions of design can collaborate, research, and assist other disciplines at PLU. Fully stocked with materials for exploratory methodology, the students of the PLU Art & Design program can use this space as a studio where research meets design. The ultimate use of this space is up to the students and the research they themselves feel will enhance their work.”

Notebook, pen, cutting knife and cutting mat
Design students working on a project.
Part of the design library