Monday, October 3, 2011

Graduate Architecture Program Moves to Bloomfield

                           The graduate architecture program has moved to 701 Cottage Grove Road in Bloomfield. Photo by Caitlin Terry '10, '12.
The Department of Architecture in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) has moved its graduate program to new quarters at 701 Cottage Grove Road in Bloomfield. This marks the first time the University has had any of its academic programs based in Bloomfield.

The 3,000 square feet leased by the University in Building E at 701 Cottage Grove Road features two conference rooms and two studio rooms, which is critical to a program that requires a significant amount of display space for architectural drawings. The facility offers plenty of parking, has restaurants and other amenities nearby, and is less than 10 minutes from the Bloomfield Avenue campus, noted Michael Crosbie, chair of the Department of Architecture.

“We are really, really happy with the new space,” said Crosbie. “It’s a great space for our students.”

The Department of Architecture’s graduate program had been housed at Butterworth Hall on the University’s Asylum Avenue campus for the past few years. However, the potential sale of the Asylum Avenue campus to the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) caused the department and University officials to begin looking for a new home for the program. There are currently 14 students in the first year of this master’s program and nine in the second year.

Crosbie thanked the work of Chris Dupuis, senior project manager, and the Facilities Department for helping to get the space ready, and the staff of Finance and Administration, which negotiated the lease for the space.

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