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Facilities available to Architecture students


Architecture workshop, John Payne building

The Workshop is open every weekday from 10.00am - 6.00pm (closed for lunch 1.00pm - 2.00pm) and provides a dedicated space for machining/joining materials, mainly wood/composites, and bench space for laying out projects in progress. There are 3 laser cutters, 3 3D printers and a 1.2m x 2.4m CNC Router. The in-situ machinery consists of a wide range of hand tools and drill presses and band saws. Toolboxes and cordless drills are available to loan. Metal working is not catered for due to the limited space in the Workshop.

Architecture printroom, AB305, 3rd floor Abercrombie

The Architecture Printroom is staffed by a technician, Marcelo, and is open between 9.00am - 5.30pm on most weekdays (closing at 4.00pm on Friday).

The print room has the following facilities:

  • A0 plan copier/scanner/black and white printer - available on plain or tracing paper.
  • Colour plotters - a large-format reproduction of high quality digital images. Available on either matt or semi-gloss paper, from any digital image file sent from the nearby Digital Studio, A1 in size or longer.
  • A0 guillotine
  • Equipment for plastic comb and wire binding
  • SLR cameras, digital cameras, tripods, lenses and a video camera all available for short-term loan.
  • 3D printer for the production of scale models. 

When printing to the plotter for the first time we recommend having a quick chat with the technician, Marcelo, before printing - mistakes can be costly.

Digital studios (Architecture only)

As an Oxford Brookes student you will have access to over 660 networked PC computers that the university has installed in pooled rooms across its campuses, many of which are open on the basis of 24-hour access, and offer programmes such as AutoCAD, ArchiCAD and Photoshop. Within the School of Architecture there are also 2 open-access digital studios on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Abercrombie building, in which there are computers with extremely high levels of specification. These studios are intended to be available to students who already possess at least moderate levels of digital skills and knowledge, and will operate on the basis of 24-hour access every day of the week.

Resource Centre

The Resource Centre is located in AB215 .  It is open from 10.00am - 2.00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It houses a large and significant collection of Environmental Impact statements, collection of maps of Oxfordshire, in addition to copies of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations written by previous Architecture, Urban Design, Real Estate and Construction students. All of these resources are offered on loan to students within the school. 

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