The School of Architecture, Design and Planning is housed primarily in the Zelman Cowen Building (Building 51).

Located on Staff House Road, near the centre of campus and within the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, the building is home to undergraduate and graduate studios, an exhibition space, school professional and academic staff offices, the Collaborative Laboratory (Co-Lab) and Workshop, and the ARMUS (Architecture and Music) Library.

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Design Studios

The principal teaching space for architecture students is the design studio. These studios are central to learning and the development of the student community.

Usage is prioritised for scheduled classes; however, students can use the studio spaces for private study outside of scheduled class times. UQ Architecture students have access to the studios by swipe card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Homerooms are a home base for students while they are on campus, where they can set up a desk for use throughout the semester. They are also a shared place for undertaking individual and group project work, and general study and discussion. Homerooms are equipped with basic provisions for student use, including computers (equipped with all relevant software), drawing boards, tables for laying out drawings, office chairs and lockers.

Collaborative Workshop (CoLab)

The Collaborative Workshop provides facilities and equipment for architectural model making and 1:1 scale prototyping. The CoLab also offers a variety of model-making materials available for students to purchase. The workshop is equipped with a full range of hand tools, woodworking machinery, a flatbed CNC router, and laser cutters. Enrolled students can access information about the CoLab through Blackboard (look for My Organisations > UQ Architecture Workshop).

The CoLab is prioritised for Architecture and Design students and is open Monday-Friday 8.00 am – 3.00 pm. It is a flexible space, designed to adapt to the different stages of the design process. Students are encouraged to use the CoLab as an informal study space where they can test their designs with 3-dimensional forms, make some mess and noise, and get creative. It is expected that students clean and tidy the area after use.

Computers and printing

The School’s main printing room (51-328) is available for general use by students. It is equipped with supporting printers, wide format plotters, scanners, and large guillotines, as well as two computers for print processing which are equipped with a range of software including the Adobe Creative Suite, ArchiCad, AutoCad, Revit, Rhino, and SketchUp.

Architecture students have access to the printer room by swipe card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Computers for design work are located in the Homerooms on Level 4 of the building. 

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Visualisation Lab (VisLab)

The VisLab is an immersive visualisation laboratory in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at The University of Queensland, Australia. The space provides a digital and spatial platform for experimentation giving design challenges a common spatial dimension. The VisLab provides connectivity to new technologies for visualising these challenges as research processes and decision-making and providing synergies between disciplines.