Resources for Current Students
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.
Blick Art Materials
Blick Art Materials has several locations in downtown Manhattan and one on 125th St and Frederick Douglass Blvd, offering a large choice of art supplies, tools, and materials. Hours, locations, and more information available here.
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.
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.)
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. To request and rent equipment through IMATS, you must first fill out a Patron Registration form followed by an Equipment Request Form. More information is available here.
Photography Stations in Studios
Both of the architecture studios have designated areas for photographing your models. Drop cloths and lighting equipment is available but students must provide their own cameras.
The 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.
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.
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 up, drop in hours, and a list of policies.
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.
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. Links to the recordings of previous materials are availabel here:
If you missed a tutorial, you can watch a recording of the session using the links below:
Intro to Rhino, Part 1
Intro to Rhino, Part 2
Intro to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
Rhino: Modeling Amorphous and Organic Forms,
3D Model to 2D Lines: Plans + Section + Axon (Exploded) Drawings
Rhino Advanced Modeling Detail + Intro to Rendering
Intro to Designing a Portfolio
Photoshop Collages (Using Only Found Images)
Intermediate-Advanced Plan + Section + Axon (Exploded) Drawings
Intermediate Rhino: Modeling Amorphous and Organic Forms
Advanced Rhino Modeling Detail + V-Ray Rendering to PS
Intermediate Rhino to Illustrator pipeline + Photoshop + Documentation
Advanced Photoshop Collages I
Advanced Rhino Modeling + Visual Representation
Advanced Photoshop Collages II
Advanced Illustrator Drawing + Visual Representation
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.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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. Professor office house sign up sheets are now online, not the bulletin board. Please visit the Faculty + Office Hours page to sign up for appointments.
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.
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.
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.
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.