About

The Computation + Construction Lab (CCL) is an initiative of the Department of Architecture at Iowa State University and was co-founded in 2016 by Shelby Doyle, Leslie Forehand, and Nick Senske.

The CCL works to connect developments in computation to the challenges of construction: through teaching, research, and outreach. As ISU is a land-grant institution in the very first state to adopt the Morrill Act, the CCL works to share knowledge beyond campus borders by leveraging design and construction as tools of public engagement with non-profits and small towns in Iowa.

A primary tenet of this work is the democratization of access to and knowledge about technology in architecture, specifically creating opportunities for our students to learn and create with technology.

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Access to the CCL is limited to courses that pursue pedagogies aligned to the CCL’s agenda. Please contact the CCL Associate, Erin Hunt with questions elhunt@iastate.edu

The CCL is located in the ISU Communications Building 1013 WOI Rd Ames, IA 50011-1067. To contact us e-mail doyle@iastate.edu.

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The work of the CCL is made possible by support of our donors, partners, and grants:

ISU Department of Architecture
ISU College of Design
ISU Office of the Vice President for Research.
ISU Information Assurance Center
Stan G. Thurston Professorship in Design Build
Daniel J. Huberty Faculty Fellowship
Fieldstead & Company Endowment for Community Enhancement
ISU Miller Faculty Fellowship
80/35 Festival
Flyover Fashion Festival
Friends of Winterset Library
Lowes
OPN Architects
Power Film Solar
Reiman Gardens
Reliable Street
Urbandale Parks & Recreation

Building a lab requires a great deal of logistical and administrative support, which often happens in the background. With this in mind we would be remiss to not thank the following people, without them the  work of the CCL – teaching, research, and outreach – would not be possible:

Thank you to the College of Design Administrative Support Office. Particularly, Jean Holt, Hope Kepler, Mona Pett, and Deb Hearn for helping us manage the resources which make all of this happen.

Thank you to the College of Design Operations Staff. Particularly, Mike Miller, Director of Operations for helping us find a way to do something new and a little bit weird.

Thank you to ISU Facility Planning and Management. Particularly, Construction Manager Nate Graves, for helping us to transform a sound stage into a fabrication lab.

Thank you to ISU Central Receiving. Particularly, Todd Wilson, for finding a way to get large machinery through small doors.

Thank you to the Institute for Design Research & Outreach. Particularly, Kevin Kane for taking the CCL from an idea to a reality.

Thank you to ISU Purchasing, ISU Environmental, Health, & Safety, ISU Office of University Counsel, and ISU Office of Risk Management.

Thank you to our Dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez and our Chair Deborah Hauptmann – without their support there would be no CCL.