The Materials Lab is a valuable resource for students and faculty at the School of Architecture. Our contributions include curricular support of studios and seminars, as well as the production of extra-curricular programming. 

Tutorials

We have gathered a number of tutorials, or ‘methodology reports,’ that capture the knowledge produced in past Materials Lab workshops and SOA projects for reference and guidance in future investigations with material or methodological overlap. Collectively, these reports are intended to form an institutional memory and accelerate the progress by which individual projects proceed. On a basic level, the reports help future students with tasks such as selecting appropriate tools, working within local restraints, and sourcing accessible materials. Beyond this, the reports document step-by-step procedures that range from simple (basic model making) to advanced (vacuum forming 3D-scanned surfaces). Documented projects may inspire offshoots that collectively form a branch of in-depth exploration impossible for a single student to pursue over the course of a singular project.  
See material methodology reports.  
 

Support 

The Materials Lab supports core and elective SOA seminars and studios through material consultation and curated material collections, research assistance, workshop and field trip coordination, guest lectures, and more. Support is determined by staffing availability and budget, and requires some advanced planning. SOA faculty can indicate their interest by filling out the survey below. Questions may be directed to materialslab@austin.utexas.edu.  

Deadline for indicating interest in Fall 2022 collaboration: 
May 6, 2022 
Deadline for indicating interest in Spring 2023 collaboration: 
October 7, 2022 
Short online survey to indicate interest in course support
(open to UTSOA faculty only). 

 

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Research
Student material researchers compare lightweight concrete samples