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Department of Architecture

Digital Tools for Visualization

Penn State is moving forward with digital technology on two fronts.  Rather than simply following the pack of architecture schools who are now experimenting with CNC machinery and digital fabrication methods, Penn State has chosen to join advanced visualization methods, such as those made possible by our Immersive Environments Lab (IEL), with the study of building delivery and fabrication processes. 

Much of this work is being done in collaboration with the Departments of Architectural Engineering and Landscape Architecture, with the University Information Technology Services (ITS) Gears group, and with such industry partners as construction manager Whiting-Turner, and the New York-based architecture firm Sharples Holden Pasquerelli (SHoP).

  • College of Arts and Architecture initiative in Digital Art, Design, and Fabrication
  • Digital Fabrication workshop/studio in collaboration with SHoP
  • The Immersive Environments Lab (IEL)
  • IEL collaboration with the College of Communications
  • Lectures in 2004 by SHoP and Kieran Timberlake
  • Undergraduate studio collaboration with Fleetwood Recreation Vehicles