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Graduate Architecture Program Relocates to Bloomfield

Posted 09/14/2011
Posted by David Isgur

The Department of Architecture in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture has moved its graduate program to new quarters at 701 Cottage Grove Rd., in Bloomfield. This marks the first time the University has had any of its academic programs in Bloomfield, one of the three municipalities in which the University is based.

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 are critical to a program that requires a fair 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 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, which currently has 14 students in the first year of this master’s program and nine in the second year.

The department moved into its new space over the same weekend that students were moving onto the University’s Bloomfield Avenue campus. Crosbie thanked the work of Chris Dupuis, senior project manager in Operations, and the entire Operations department for helping to get the space ready, and the staff of Finance and Administration, which negotiated the lease for the space.