The Loft is the heart of the design program and is where graduate design students spend much of their time. An airy space with a rich history that is completely at the disposal of the students, it is replete with shared tools and alive with camaraderie. Buzzing with creative energy and smelling of wood-fired pizza, the Loft is the envy of the rest of campus and is one of the best resources of our program.
Cantor Arts Center
The Cantor Arts Center’s diverse collections span continents, cultures, and 5,000 years of art history and include one of the largest presentations of Rodin bronzes outside Paris. Go see a wide range of changing exhibitions and take advantage of docent tours, lectures, gallery talks, symposia, classes, and special events. Explore, participate, and visit often. The Cantor is open six days a week! Find out more at: museum.stanford.edu
The Product Realization Lab (PRL)
The PRL is the making hub of campus, and sits directly across the courtyard from the Loft. It is operated by students (the PRL TAs) and is open most days from 8:30 am to 11:00 pm. It supports an incredible range of processes and is a wonderful resource for physical prototyping. Additionally, the PRL has a great website loaded with course information, student projects, and instructional videos.
Anderson Collection at Stanford
The university has constructed a permanent building exclusively for one of the world’s most outstanding private assemblies of modern and contemporary American art. It is adjacent to Cantor Arts Center and the McMurtry Building for the Department of Art and Art History, and across Palm Drive from Bing Concert Hall and Frost Amphitheater. Admissions is free! For more information, go to anderson.stanford.edu
Room 36 is part of the PRL and is located in the engineering quad. It has prototyping tools such as laser cutters, 3D printers, and sewing machines, as well as equipment for lower fidelity processes like hotwire foam cutting. It also has equipment for working with electronics, and a nice supply of electronic components and materials for purchase which can save a lot of time on projects.
The Peterson Building 550
This building houses the d.school, the Product Design Faculty and Programs, and the ME Design Group. It has a number of energizing spaces to work in, such as Bay Studio which is always stocked with low-resolution prototyping materials like post-its, pipe cleaners, and popsicle sticks, and is a great place to start hashing out an idea. Design students spend a significant amount of time at the d.school.