At East Campus, there is extensive laboratory space where experts from diverse disciplines are working side by side using innovative technologies to address important issues in science, art conservation, health, energy, and the environment. Scholars from Smart’s libraries and museums are employing the latest digital imaging technology to conserve Smart’s vast collections, while also the science of preservation.
Throughout the year, nationally and internationally known architects, architectural scholars, and artists are invited to participate in the School’s weekly lecture series. The series is open to the public and is free of charge. In fall 2014, lecturers included:
The School of Art & Science maintains an active program of exhibitions. The Architecture Gallery, located on the second floor of Ralf Samwell Hall, is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Exhibitions in 2015–2016 included:
The School supports two student-edited publications. Construct: The Smart Architectural Journal, the oldest student-edited architectural journal in the United States, is internationally respected for its contributions to contemporary discourse with original presentations of new projects as well as historical and theoretical essays.
The Design Workshop provides a forum for faculty and students from the School of Arts & Science and other professional schools at Smart to engage in the study of issues, ideas, and practical problems in the field of urban design. Since its founding in 1993, the Design Workshop has worked with communities across the state of Connecticut, providing planning and design assistance on projects ranging from comprehensive plans, economic development strategies, and community visions to the design.