Resources for Architecture Majors

I. Architectural Supply Stores
II. Digital Fabrication Equipment
III. Documenting Your Work
IV. Large Format Printing
V. Developing Your Research Skills 
VI. Developing Your Presentation Skills 
VII. Developing Your Writing Skills 
VIII. Developing Your Sofware Proficiency
IX. Developing Your Portfolio 
X. Finding Jobs + Internships 
XI. Evaluating and Selecting Study Abroad Programs

 


I. Architectural Supply Stores

A. Janoff's Office and Art Supplies
Located on Broadway between 111th and 112th Streets, Janoff's is the closet art supply store to campus. Hours and more information are available here.
B. Blick Art Materials
Blick Art Materials has several locations in downtown Manhattan, offering a large choice of art supplies, tools, and materials. Hours, locations, and more information available here.
C. Canal Plastics Center
Canal Plastics Center offers plastics and fabrication services and sells acrylics in hard to find colors and sizes. They also offer a student discount. More information is available here.
D. Artist & Craftsman Supply
Artist & Crafsman is located on 126th St and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. They offer a student discount (with student ID). More information is available here.


II. Digital Fabrication Equipment
 
A. The B+C|A Lasercutter 
Only students in Architectural Representation: Abstraction, Design I, Design II, and Design III are eligible to use the laser cutter this semester. Appointments are offered on a weekly basis throughout the semester and access to our appointments spreadsheet is granted directly to all eligible students.
B. The B+C|A Cricuts
Students in Architectural Representation: Abstraction, Architectural Representation: Perception, Architectural Design I and II, Special Topics, and Design Futures are eligible to use the DAL Cricuts. At this time, the Cricuts are only equipped to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, and light chipboard (.55 mm).
C. The Columbia Makerspace
The Columbia MakerSpace is located on the 12th floor of Mudd and is open to all Columbia University-affiliated students. The Makerspace is equipped with a variety of hand tools and specialized tools, including an industrial sewing machine and a CNC embroidery system; a 3Dprinter, a laser cutter, and vinyl cutters; an extensive collection of woodworking tools; and electronics assembly and testing and debugging benches.
D. The Digital Science Center (DSC) in the Science & Engineering Library
The Digital Science Center, located in the Science & Engineering Library in 401 Northwest Corner Building, provides free 3D printing. Additionally, DSC provides a wide range of software to support research and coursework in several science and engineering disciplines. More information is available here.


III. Documenting Your Work

A. Scanning Services at Columbia
In addition to the scanner located in the DAL, students have access to various scanners across campus. Free scanners are available at certain Columbia libraries (locations and numbers available here.) You can also request scanning services at Columbia Print, located in the Journalism School (more information available here.)
B. Barnard Instructional Media & Technology Services (IMATS)
Barnard IMATS maintains an inventory of media equipment available for rental, including digital video cameras, digital still cameras, lighting equipment, audio recorders, headphones, miscellaneous cables, etc. They are located on the 2nd floor of Sulzberger Annex. To request and rent equipment through IMATS, you must first fill out a Patron Registration form followed by anEquipment Request Form. More information is available here.


IV. Large Format Printing
 
N.B. Large format color printing can be costly so please remember to do a test print in advance (by tiling b+w prints together). If you have any questions or concerns about large format printing, please consult with your instructor or TA.

A. The B+C|A Plotter
Each semester, students in a number of courses in the Architecture Department are eligible to use the B+C|A Plotter for their final reviews. Typically, those are students that are conducting Independent Study in the Architecture Department or who are enrolled in junior or senior level design studios. The department distributes instructions to all eligible students during each semester.
B. Columbia Print Services
Columbia Print Services, located in the Journalism School, offers a variety of printing options, including large format printing. More information is available here.
C. Printing Shops + Services in Morningside Heights
The department has researched prices and average turnaround times at a range of print shops near campus. You may view this information here. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list. Prices and turnaround times are subject to change so please verify this information with the vendor before you place your order. 


V. Developing Your Research Skills 

A. Barnard Empirical Reasoning Center
The Empirical Reasoning Center (102 LeFrak) helps students with all kinds of empirical reasoning. They offer a variety of services for students:

  • One-on-one assistance during their lab hours with assignments, projects, and theses that require the use of data.

  • Online tutorials on the use of certain software packages that are commonly used with data, such as Excel, Stata and SPSS.

  • While the ERC primarily focuses on quantitative data and analysis, they can also offer some guidance on qualitatively focused projects.

  • Assistance finding data for a class project or senior thesis.

  • Assistance formulating a research question for a paper or project.

B. The Art + Architecture Librarian at the Barnard Library 
The Barnard Library welcomes and encourages students to take advantage of their research consultation services. To request a consultation with any of the librarians, fill out this form. To sign up for an office hours appointment with Meredith Wisner, the architecture librarian, please visit her profile page.

 
VI. Developing Your Presentation Skills 
 
The Barnard Speaking Fellows 
The Speaking Fellows are specially trained Barnard students who work with students to help them improve their presentation and class discussion skills. Speaking Fellows work with students one-on-one in the Speaking Center and in small, one-hour group workshops.


VII. Developing Your Writing Skills 
 
A. The Barnard Writing Center
Any Columbia University undergraduate student may use the Barnard Writing Center for Barnard courses. Barnard students may also use the Writing Center for Columbia courses, with their instructor's permission. Here are some instructions for how to sign updrop in hours, and a list of policies.
B. The Columbia Writing Center
Any undergraduate enrolled in a Columbia University course may visit the Columbia Writing Center. Barnard College students working on projects for courses at Barnard should use the Barnard Writing Center instead. To learn more about what happens in a Writing Center consultation, click here.

 
VIII. Developing Your Sofware Proficiency
 
A. B+C|A Software Tutorials 
B+C|A software tutorials are offered throughout the semester and are open to all architecture majors and students that are currently enrolled in certain architecture courses. Please check a recent B+C|A newsletter for a list of upcoming tutorials.
B. Lynda.com
All Columbia University students have free access to the entire lynda.com library of instructional videos. You can log into lynda.com using your UNI credentials here.
C. Barnard IMATS Tutorials + Workshops
IMATS has a variety of online tutorials on editing software and video and audio equipment available here. Additionally, IMATS offers workshops in Final Cut Pro, Illustrator, and Photoshop. To arrange a special 1-on-1 learning session, you should submit a request by email:imats@barnard.edu.
D. B+C|A DAL TA Drop in Hours
Architecture students are welcome to drop by 404A Diana to ask the DAL TAs for help on their class assignments. To determine when the DAL TAs are working, please check the appointment spreadsheet for the current semester. Students are encouraged to drop in during their weekly hours.


IX. Developing Your Portfolio 

A. Places to Print your Portfolio 
If you've already completed your portfolio and are ready to print it, here is a spreadsheet with several options for your consideration. Please note that this list is not comprehensive and we do not screen or advocate for any of these printing services.
B. Office Hours with Architecture Faculty 
If you have any questions about designing a portfolio, sign up for an office hours appointment with any of our advising faculty. Sign-up sheets are located on the department bulletin board (5th floor, Diana Center).
C. B+C|A Portfolio Archive
Students are welcome to stop by 500F Diana from 9-5, M-F to review the department's archive of senior portfolios.
D. Request Photos of your Work from the B+C|A Archive 
If your project(s) from a prior semester were archived by the department, you can place a request for the photographs that were taken of your model and/or scans of your drawings by filling out this form.
E. B+C|A Portfolio Tutorials + Workshops + Presentation Sessions
Every spring, B+C|A organizes a series of workshops, tutorials, and presentations that are designed to teach students how to prepare a portfolio for internship, job, and graduate school applications. Please check the most recent B+C|A Newsletter for more information on upcoming workshops.
F. B+C|A DAL TA Office Hours
Architecture majors are encouraged to drop by 404A Diana to ask the DAL TAs for help and feedback on their portfolios. To determine when the DAL TAs are working, please check the appointment spreadsheet for the current semester. Students are encouraged to drop in during their weekly hours.

 

X. Finding Jobs + Internships

A. Job Boards + Recruitment Platforms
We recommend these job boards and recruitment platforms:
Archinect
AIA Career Center
Architizer
New York Foundation for the Arts
Jopwell
Columbia University LionSHARE
Barnard NACElink
B. The Columbia University Center for Career Education (CC and GS only) + Barnard Career Development (BC only)
Barnard, Columbia, and School of General Studies students have access to many professional development resources through the Columbia University Center for Career Education (CC and GS only) and Barnard Career Development (BC only). Both centers offer a range of career planning resources, including but not limited to the following: instructions for writing a resume and cover letter, job and internship recruitment opportunities, annual career fairs, access to a variety of self-assessment counseling tools for career research, and assistance with preparing for interviews. One-on-one career counseling and group workshops are offered throughout the academic year. Students are strongly encouraged to explore these resources and attend programs.
C. The Barnard + Columbia Architecture Society
Additionally, The Barnard+Columbia Architecture Society is a student organization that provides a forum for students interested in architecture to learn about a range of career paths for architecture majors. In the past, society activities have included: field trips, firm tours, building tours, career nights, student exhibitions on campus, snack breaks in studio, and the coordination of a student publication. You can subscribe to their mailing list to get the most up-to date information here.
D. Planning Ahead: The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Experience Requirement
All of NCARB's 54 U.S. jurisdictions have an experience requirement that must be documented and completed before one becomes a licensed architect. This time between fulfilling the education requirement and getting licensed is referred to as an architectural internship. NCARB's Intern Development Program (IDP) guides interns through the process and is the standard accepted means of completing the experience requirement in almost all U.S. jurisdictions. For more information, download the NCARB Guidelines: Download (PDF)

 

XI. Evaluating and Selecting Study Abroad Programs
 

Studying abroad is a wonderful way to gain a direct understanding of how different cities have evolved and to experience major works of architecture first hand. We highly recommend this experience and have designed the major requirements to be flexible enough to accommodate a semester abroad. For assistance selecting a program, Barnard College students should refer to the Barnard College Office of International & Intercultural Programs. Columbia College and School of General Studies students should take advantage of the resources made available by the Columbia University Office of Global Programs & Fellowships.