About the Nathelyne Archie-Kennedy Building

The School of Art and the School of Architecture are housed in the new Nathelyne Archie-Kennedy Building.  In order to select an architect to design the proposed building, five national architects participated in a competition: Michael Rotondi of Roto Architects, Antoine Predock Architects, Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, Michael Graves and Associates, and Carlos Jimenez Studio.  After carefully considering the architects’ proposals, Roto Architects was selected as the design firm, and the Architect of Record was HKS of Dallas.  The design began in 2002, the ground breaking was in August 2003, and the School of Architecture moved into the 105,000 sq. ft. building in 2005.

Labs and Workshops

Digital Classroom (Room 223) This university maintained computer classroom is heavily used for instructional purposes by several departments.   For regularly scheduled classes this room is assigned through the SOA.  For occasional use outside regular class time, this room is reserved by request to the Dean’s office. Print Room (225) This room on the 2nd floor of Nathelyne Archie Kennedy Building contains printers, plotters scanners and both PC and Mac computers and is heavily used by all students. Computing Workshop (entrance to room 223) Located in the 2nd floor outside of the Digital Classroom, this separate space contains work stations for student use.  It is open even when the Digital Classroom is closed or being used for instruction.  Imaging/Scanning Center (2nd Floor) Scanners, both conventional and wide, and plotters are found in this area. Modelshop The modelshop, supervised by Sam Smith under the direction of Barry Norwood, is open during the hours of 8:00 am-5:00 PM Monday through Friday.  It is also staffed nights and weekends during the school year with a trained group of work-study students when budget funds are available.  Digital Fabrication Lab (room 128) Located within the Model Shop area this separate room contains a number of pieces of numerically controlled cutting and fabrication equipment (Laser Cutters, CNC Router, CNC Plasma and 3D Printer) for student models.  Students must be trained before being allowed to use this room and its equipment.  For safety reasons the room is closed after hours, unless a staff, faculty or work study student, who completed safety training is present. Storage  There are flat files and cupboards for use by departments to store drawings for accreditation purposes.

Library Resources

University The John B. Coleman Library is located across the street from the SOA facility.  It holds over 350,000 volumes, including over 800 print periodical titles with access to several thousand electronic full-text scholarly journals.  The library is also a participating member of a statewide database-sharing program known as TexShare, and a member of the Houston Area Research Libraries Consortium (HARLIC).

SOA The SOA maintains a small library on the 2nd floor of the building.  While receiving support from the main University Library system, having access to topical editions offers benefits to the students allowing for a quiet place to study and do research.

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