The department offers multiple design/build studios that develop skills and allow students to test their ideas on a range of scales and project types. Our computer and digital fabrication lab, 3-D simulation, preservation lab, and design/build woodshop support the diverse learning and research activities.

Design/build studios often involve community partners, providing the opportunity for students and faculty to engage deeply with and enrich the communities in which we live, work and learn.


Spring 2018 Maring Hunt Community Garden Pavilion Team

Spring 2018 Maring Hunt Community Garden Pavilion Team


Maring-Hunt Pavilion: Gateway to Growing
2018. Muncie Instructor: Pam Harwood

Members of the Maring-Hunt Public Library and Community Garden reached out to Professor Pamela Harwood to express the need for a shelter for its gardeners. In an Immersive Learning Project, a team of Ball State University students collaborated with the members of the Thomas Park/Avondale neighborhood and produced a series of overall plans for the site. After receiving feedback from gardeners, children, and library visitors alike, the class generated a final site plan and chose to focus on designing and building the gardener's shade shelter.

Exhibit Columbus: 49262
2017. Muncie Instructor: Joshua Coggeshall

The Ball State University installation reflects the innovation, responsibility, and progressive qualities of Columbus, Indiana. The use of advanced manufacturing in this design makes a statement about the future. Through the introduction of digitally-assisted parametric design, the rules of architecture have changed. Now, complex and intricate forms can be created out of virtually anything - the only limits are the laws of physics and the imagination of the designers. The installation champions advanced manufacturing techniques by incorporating molded steel into a complex form, thus reflecting Columbus' innovative history and fast-paced approach to the future of architecture and manufacturing. 

2016. Indianapolis Instructor: Tim Gray

GrOwING GREEN is a mobile greenhouse designed and constructed by a group of fourth year architecture students at Ball State University, and represents the fifth in a series of design build projects undertaken by students at the College of Architecture and Planning in support of Urban Farming operations in Indianapolis.  The project is funded by a Butler University Innovation Fund Grant and is the second project undertaken by BSU designing and constructing facilities at the Butler University Center for Urban Ecology (CUE).  A team of fourteen Ball State students working with Faculty Director Timothy Gray and project partners Travis Ryan and Tim Dorsey of Butler University, have designed a controlled environment to cultivate plant starts for the CUE farm.  Fabricated in Muncie on a customized flat bed trailer, the greenhouse will be transported to the CUE farm when complete.

Headstart Playscape
2016. Muncie Instructor: Pam Harwood

The concept of “playscape” describes an environment where play structures, activity settings, and landscape features are uniquely designed into natural habitats. For the 300 preschool-age children at Head Start, the team is creating four natural habitats surrounding an outdoor classroom: Whimsical Woods, Wetland Wonder, Magical Meadows, and Peaceful Prairie.  The goal is to design spaces that promote creative play with natural elements. This Immersive Learning project won a Faculty Design Award.

Grant Program, 2010-2014

In-Situ is a grant program that was founded in the Department of Architecture at Ball State; this program is dedicated to exploring meaning through making in architecture and provides funds for the exploration of design at a one-to-one scale. This program, and its generous funding, was made possible by our colleagues and friends from Kovert Hawkins Architects.

Utopian_Dystopian Craft
Fall 2014 Instructor: Josh Coggeshall

Object making class that challenged notions of furniture through the lens of utopic and dystopic midwest societies. 

Solar Decathlon
2012. Muncie Instructors: Michele Chiuni & Walter Grondzik

The Phoenix House is designed to be a permanent solution for disaster relief. Survivors of natural disasters have a vision for the future, and are inspired for a new home better than the one before. Just as the phoenix rises from the ashes, so too will people rise from disaster to begin anew in the Phoenix House. The Phoenix House is a permanent and sustainable post-disaster housing prototype that can be quickly deployed for the families that have lost their homes to disaster. These homes can produce their own power, and deploy water if needed. The project was part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, an international biennial competition that challenges twenty collegiate teams to design, build, and exhibit solar-powered homes.