Making Complex

We believe that making is a critical part of the study of architecture, interior architecture and design.

Making Complex
Analog and digital fabrication are fully integrated into our curricula and facilities. The great flexibility of these tools allows them to serve both intellectual exploration and real-world problem solving. Our goal is to help students learn to experiment and to produce. The students take control of these tools so that the outputs exceed the limitations of the methods and materials involved and realize results that are new and truly revolutionary.

Traditional Fabrication
Both locations also feature full woodshops and full metal shops. In addition to those resources, there is a metal-casting foundry and a kiln in San Diego and two kilns and a vacuum former in Los Angeles. Our shop staff members are prepared to help students of all skill levels realize their concepts in physical form. Competency in craft and construction are specifically developed through a variety of courses through our design programs.



Digital Fabrication
Students learn to computer model and generate code for these advanced manufacturing technologies, introducing and interjecting innovative processes into their digital design workflows. The Fab Lab allows students to explore in and experiment with multiple scales and materials. Familiarity with the small part precision of the 3D printers to engagement with full-scale productions on the CNC mill prepares students for a diverse range of building and design practices.

Woodbury University has a Digital Fabrication Lab at each location

Los Angeles lab

  • 4’ x 8’ CNC mill
  • 4 laser cutters
  • seven 3D printers
  • 3D paste extrusion printer

San Diego lab

  • 5’ x 8’ CNC mill
  • laser cutter
  • three 3D printers