Materials Lab

Material samples on display on a metal shelving system
Materials Lab

MATERIALS LAB EVENTS

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The Materials Lab is a resource dedicated to in-depth material investigation in design. Our circulating, ever-expanding library of material product samples and assemblies was founded in 2001. By supporting advanced and interdisciplinary material research, development, and fabrication, the Materials Lab provides the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to design and construct a better built environment.

In addition to our material library, the Materials Lab houses a rotating exhibition space, an extensive collection of circulating books, a “free samples” section of surplus materials, and individual and group workspaces. The Materials Lab also organizes a diverse range of programming including hands-on workshops, lectures, and other events.

STAFF

LOOKING FOR MATERIALS?

Concrete samples on a shelf on display in the Materials Lab

Browse the online database or visit our collection of 29,000+ samples in person. Material samples can be loaned for hands-on inspiration and presentations. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to check out material samples with a UT EID.

TOUR THE MATERIALS LAB

Location + Contact

West Mall Office Building (WMB) 3.102
The University of Texas at Austin
(512) 232-5969
materialslab@austin.utexas.edu

OPERATING HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fall and Spring semesters

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

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COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS

​​​​​​​The material library is ever-growing and our material researchers are always on the lookout for new materials. If you come across a product that you think we should add, email us

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    If you’re flying out of Austin-Bergstrom @ausairport during fall break, keep your eyes open for a new installation from @utsoa faculty @Kory_Bieg and Clay Odom @studiomodo!
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    If you’re flying out of Austin-Bergstrom @ausairport during fall break, keep your eyes open for a new installation from @utsoa faculty @Kory_Bieg and Clay Odom @studiomodo!

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    Fusible glass sheet is our #materialoftheweek! One of the most vibrant product categories in our collection, options vary widely by color, pattern, opacity, and texture.
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    Fusible glass sheet is our #materialoftheweek! One of the most vibrant product categories in our collection, options vary widely by color, pattern, opacity, and texture.

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    A beta version of the @mindfulmaterials portal launched this week at the @greenbuildexpo! The mM Portal is a product database filtered by the Common Materials Framework (CMF), a new, industry-wide standard for assessing sustainability holistically.
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    A beta version of the @mindfulmaterials portal launched this week at the @greenbuildexpo! The mM Portal is a product database filtered by the Common Materials Framework (CMF), a new, industry-wide standard for assessing sustainability holistically.

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    Today we are spotlighting the material library of local firm @mf.architecture! <br />.
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    Today we are spotlighting the material library of local firm @mf.architecture!
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    Here’s a fun find from the library! Cork wall tiles from AmCork are made from 84 - 93% post-industrial recycled cork and can be used for wall and ceiling applications.
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    Here’s a fun find from the library! Cork wall tiles from AmCork are made from 84 - 93% post-industrial recycled cork and can be used for wall and ceiling applications.

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    If you’ve visited the Materials Lab lately, it was probably hard to miss all the construction! Two of the four @utsoa buildings, the West Mall Building and Battle Hall, are buried under scaffolding as they undergo much-needed façade renovations.
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    If you’ve visited the Materials Lab lately, it was probably hard to miss all the construction! Two of the four @utsoa buildings, the West Mall Building and Battle Hall, are buried under scaffolding as they undergo much-needed façade renovations.

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    This semester we’re sharing some favorite finds, rediscovered as we inventory each section of the Materials Lab library.
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    This semester we’re sharing some favorite finds, rediscovered as we inventory each section of the Materials Lab library.

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    Now on view at the @visualartscenter: an installation by @castielvitorino featuring local materials of Central Texas, including compressed earth blocks, limestone, and mesquite. Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro is the Visual Arts Center’s Fall 2022 Artist-in-Residence.
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    Now on view at the @visualartscenter: an installation by @castielvitorino featuring local materials of Central Texas, including compressed earth blocks, limestone, and mesquite. Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro is the Visual Arts Center’s Fall 2022 Artist-in-Residence.

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    Look who dropped in! We just received a large donation of tile samples from @clayimports , headquartered right here in Austin. Clay Imports was founded by brothers Zac and Nick Barreiro, with a mission to streamline the tile production process from manufacture to installation.
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    Look who dropped in! We just received a large donation of tile samples from @clayimports , headquartered right here in Austin. Clay Imports was founded by brothers Zac and Nick Barreiro, with a mission to streamline the tile production process from manufacture to installation.