CURRICULAR CONCEPT

Fundamental to its Fieldwork agenda, Woodbury School of Architecture is committed to nurturing an enterprising design practitioner. By facilitating first-person exposure to and experience with making and thinking role models, it aims to convey to students the perspective and skill necessary to realize their own imaginings. The technologies of the Making Complexes on both campuses are integral contributors in this enabling education. Technology here is an inclusive term; one that reinforces inter-dependencies between analog craft and shop work, computing, and rapid-prototyping processes.

OPERATING SCHEDULE

The Making Complex in both Los Angeles and San Diego is open for forty (40) hours per week. Hours may be extended for midterms and finals, contingent on staffing availability.

The Making Complex operates on a four season annual calendar: 1) fall semester - mid August thru early December, 2) winter term - early December thru early January, 3) spring semester - mid January thru early May, and 4) summer term - mid May thru early August. (See the yearly Woodbury University Academic Calendar for exact dates.)

The regular full semester daily hours of operation for Fall, Spring and Summer terms are as follows:

 

SAN DIEGO

Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Monday: 11am - 5pm

Tuesday: closed

Wednesday: 11am - 5pm

Thursday: 11am - 5pm

Friday: closed

Saturday: 11am - 5pm

LOS ANGELES

Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Monday: 11am - 5pm

Tuesday: 11AM - 2PM

Wednesday: 11am - 5pm

Thursday: 11am - 5pm

Friday: 11AM - 2PM

Saturday: 11am - 5pm

 

The Making Complex on both the Los Angeles and the San Diego campuses have open hours throughout the year. However, they close for the following:

  • the first two weeks of summer for cleaning and maintenance
  • the first week of the fall and spring semesters for new employee training
  • all university holidays and some events (including school lectures)

THERE IS NO AFTER-HOURS ACCESS TO THE MAKING COMPLEX - EVER.

MANAGEMENT & STAFFING

The Making Complex is controlled and funded by the Woodbury University - School of Architecture. It is supervised by the department's Associate Dean, Marc Neveu, and managed by Matthew Corbitt (Los Angeles) and Andrew Wagner(San Diego).

The following diagram explains the Making Complex reporting chain:

 
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ACCESS PROCEDURE

The facilities can only be accessed by either enrolled Woodbury students or currently employed faculty or staff.

The Making Complex (M.C.) is divided into six distinct learning areas: Shop Work, Metal Work, Basic Digital Fabrication, Ceramics, Casting and Spray Booth use. The MC offers a unique orientation for each learning area to the Woodbury community for free. The orientation schedule can be found here, TRAINING SCHEDULE.

The following list outlines the training sequence offered for each campus:

LOS ANGELES

  • wood LAB

  • laser cutting

  • 3d printing

  • metal LAB

  • cnc routing

  • vacuum forming

  • ceramic LAB

  • casting

  • spray booth 

SAN DIEGO

  • wood LAB

  • laser cutting

  • 3d printing

  • cnc routing

  • metal LAB

LOSS OF ACCESS- Any student who willfully breaks Making Complex policy will be expelled indefinitely from Making Complex access. The duration of expulsion will be determined by the Making Complex Managers and the Site Supervisor and will be appropriate to the severity of the infraction.

PERMISSIBLE USES

At the successful completion of an orientation, all users will receive a learning area specific identification. This identification must be worn at all times while in the facilities.

Allowable uses of the facilities are limited to research/development and personal projects only.

ABSOLUTELY NO PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS ARE PERMITTED.

All non-student projects must be pre-approved by the Making Complex Managers and Site Supervisor and be expressly for academic purposes such as course development, projects sponsored by academic grants that will be presented to the faculty association, scholarly development opportunities, and enhancement of productions or technical skills that contribute to university activities or job performance.

FACILITY PROTOCOL

All users of the facility must agree with and comply to Making Complex policies, detailed within the (DRAFT)MC Protocol.  At the end of each orientation the student must read, initial and sign the User Agreement