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 > COLAB).

The CoLab is prioritised for ADP 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.

Meet the team

Sam Butler






Sonya Brown






Blackboard site

Information regarding skills training and general workshop procedures can be found via the UQ CoLab Blackboard site – follow the steps below to access.

  1. Log into Learn.UQ
  2. Under 'My Organisations' click the link for 'COLAB’ to access information on skills training, equipment booking, consumables pricing and online payments.

​If you cannot access the UQ CoLab site, please contact the team on (07) 3365 3724 or

CoLab training

All students are required to complete the 51 & 51A Building Induction and Hand Tool Safety Induction as well as machine-specific skills training. Laser Cutter skills training sessions are offered during Weeks 1-4 of Semesters, and can be booked through Blackboard > COLAB > Laser Cutting > ‘Laser Cutter Bookings: Training’. For all other machine-specific skills training, visit the CoLab office located in Zelman Cowen 51-101.


Closed-in shoes are required to access all UQ workshops. Steel-capped safety shoes may also be required where specified. Other personal protective equipment will be provided by the CoLab staff.


(07) 3365 3724