Our Building

D+EA is a department within the College of Human Ecology and is housed in the Martha Van Rensselaer building, an award-winning LEED structure, a “design for sustainable living” hub in the midst of a world-renowned research university that boasts new creative studio space and research space. In addition to world-class libraries and outstanding computing facilities throughout the university, the Department of Design + Environmental Analysis has a series of more specialized instructional and research facilities students regularly use.

students using dLib

dLib - Design Resource Library

Located in room 1424 MVR Hall, the Design Resource Center (dLib) inspires students with the most up-to-date materials and innovative resources for interior designers, product designers, ergonomists, and facility planners. It facilitates collaboration and exploration while developing smart solutions to conceptual and real world situations. dLib creates a learning hub for D+EA students and professors of all disciplines, and provides a way to foster relationships with vendors and alumni. Product vendor representatives provide samples of the latest materials and products on the market and lunch-and-learn seminars.

Design Studios and Galleries

D+EA has gallery spaces on the first floor of MVR Hall and outside the fourth floor studios. These spaces feature rotating exhibitions of both student and faculty work. The glass facade on the first floor gallery allows work to be displayed into the main corridor, showcasing the work to students, faculty, and visitors. The moveable walls and track ceiling grid provide for different gallery configurations.

students in the Fabrication Studio

College of Human Ecology Digital Design and Fabrication Studio

Located on lower level of the Human Ecology Building (HEB), the Digital Design and Fabrication Studio provides a suite of equipment for construction or modeling projects. Besides standard wood working equipment, there is a laser cutter and 3D printer. With a stunning view of Beebe Lake in the background, this provides environment and good daylighting while crafting your latest project. Contact ched2fs@cornell.edu for questions.


As a working lighting installation, this lab provides students with hands-on experience with a diverse range of lighting fixtures currently on the market. Various bulb types and fixture housings illustrate a wide variety of lighting effects, from wall-washing to concentrated down-lighting.  Additionally, this space is used to teach the impact of different lighting systems on perception and the human response to lighting in the built environment. The tactile walls also make this a great critique space.