The College of Architecture's Digital Fabrication Facility, known by students as the "Architecture Ranch" is a 8,000 sq. ft. research and construction facility located on a 12-acre site at Texas A&M University's Riverside Campus. The facility houses a CNC (computer numerical control) mill and plasma cutter and other wood and metal shop fabrication technologies that allow students and faculty to develop 2-D concepts into fully realized 3-D architectural structures.
The facility allows students and faculty who develop advanced strategies for design, construction and planning in the college's design-research studios and laboratories to test their research theories by constructing full-size experimental prototypes. It also provides students with an opportunity to learn through action.
Please see the Ranch F.A.Q. for more information.
Before students and faculty can utilize the facility and its machinery, they must first complete a training seminar. Details and training schedules are available from Chuck Tedrick, the college's digital fabrication manager. Students must also be familliar with and follow shop protocol and file a Schedule Request ( 43.7 KB) before use.
All proposals to use the college's Digital Fabrication Facility for research, long-term construction projects or class/studio initiatives must be submitted to Staci Hazlett in the Dean's Office. Proposal forms and information can be found Here. Proposals are reviewed by the College Executive Leadership Council.
The entrance to the 1,900-acre Riverside Campus is located west of State Highway 47, just south of the intersection with Highway 21, approximately 10 miles from the main Texas A&M campus.
Please park at the chapel located across the street from our building. Do not park under the covered outdoor shop.