Department of Product Design Workspaces and Tools

Eugene Studios | Portland Studios | Eugene Shops | Portland Shops

What is a studio?

A studio is a unique classroom space where designers and artists can work with materials, tools, and supplies to create design projects in a workshop environment. Each student has a work area or table for his or her projects. Lockers or storage areas are provided. There is often a critique or pin-up area for reviews of work in process and a large table for group discussions. Studio teaching is a unique pedagogical approach to instruction in the arts and design. The small class size of 15 to 20 students gives you personalized instruction and the opportunity to build your network of friends. It involves the class working on an assigned design problem and each individual reviewing and modifying concepts before resolving a final design solution. This is called an iterative process and is a core component of studio teaching. Design thinking is a fundamental element in the creative process and studio instruction provides students with opportunities to develop this skill.

Eugene Studios

The Department of Product Design uses several locations on the UO campus in Eugene to teach studio courses.

942 Olive Street
Classes and studios are taught in the RAIN building located in downtown Eugene on Olive Street between West Broadway and West 10th Streets. This is a facility that the UO uses in partnership with the City of Eugene’s hub for business start-ups and regional accelerator program, RAIN Eugene. Students have easy access by bicycle or the LTD bus and EmX rapid transit system. The facility is equipped with a computer lab, studio workspace, and critique areas as well as the opportunity to rub shoulders with other inventors and business leaders.

students work at 924 Olive

Romania Building
Design studios are taught in the Romania building showroom. The showroom affords students a high ceiling, large space for projects and flexible space for tackling complex design projects. The Romania building is located one block east of the Matthew Knight arena and is accessible by the EmX rapid transit bus or by bike or foot.

two students work on computers at conference table

Portland Studios

White Stag Block
Product Design students use studio space in the White Stag Block and have access to shops and labs in nearby spaces. The building features state-of-the-art technology, light-filled workspaces, a curated art and design library, and exhibition areas. Students have studio space, with a nearby output room and classrooms for lectures. 

Street view of White Stag Block in Portland

What is a shop?

Students in the Department of Product Design have access to a wide range of shops for design, fabrication and prototyping.

Eugene Shops

This is a complete fabrication facility used by product design students and by students in the furniture design courses taught in the Interior Architecture Program. The facility has hand tools, power equipment, and space for building projects of multiple scales. In addition, a plastics shaping tool area, industrial sewing machine area, a computer-programmable (CNC) router table for 3-or 4-axis cutting and milling, and a paint spray booth are located in adjacent spaces in the Woodshop. The Woodshop is located in the Millrace/North site complex across Franklin Boulevard from Lawrence Hall, just north of the Urban Farm. Students can access by bicycle or on foot.

to people work on drawing in notebook in wood shop
Studio Shop
The Studio Shop is a tools resource for students currently enrolled in School of Art + Design courses. The “open shop” environment has been created to provide a safe, and professionally supervised space; in which students can create high-quality projects, while learning skills that further prepare them to excel in their chosen careers. The shop can be used for building models, cutting designs on the laser cutters into plastics or wood, or metals. The studio shop is located in 185 Lawrence Hall.

Eugene studio shop

Portland Shops

Fab Lab
The Fabrication Lab in the White Stag Building is used as an additional prototyping space and a digital fabrication facility for students at the UO in Portland. The lab is equipped with a LASER-cutter, 3-D printer, computer numerical- control milled machine (CNC) and workshop machinery, and adjacent spray booth.

Fab Lab 3D printer

White Stag Innovation Lab
The White Stag Innovation Lab is a sports product design space for teaching, prototyping, and materials research. The lab includes specialty sports product production equipment, including single stitch, cover stitch, active seam flat stitch, post stitch, and serger sewing machines, a strobel, a 3-D printer and a heat press. 

White Stag Innovation Lab


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