Teaching Facilities & Resources

June 30, 2016 | 10:31 am

Design Mentorship

Design professionals are available at Jacobs Hall to assist you and your students. The Jacobs design fellows are design practitioners who volunteer to bring diverse areas of expertise to the Jacobs Institute; students and instructors can consult with the design fellows through various channels, which include office hours, talks, and workshops. The Jacobs design specialists provide students technical advice on design, prototyping, and fabrication; they are also available to help with in-class critiques.

Building Schedule and Access

View Jacobs Hall’s building hours and teaching studio schedule. The teaching studios (210, 220, and 310 Jacobs) and the basement CAD/CAM lab are open during Jacobs Hall’s general hours. Extended hours access and equipment lab usage require a Maker Pass.

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Teaching Studios

Each of the Jacobs Hall teaching studios (210, 220, and 310 Jacobs Hall) is equipped with a projector, lecturer’s podium, moveable tables, whiteboards (mounted and rolling), and drop-down power cords. Get more details about Jacobs Hall teaching studios, including photos, AV equipment lists, room capacity, etcetera.


Storage Space

The closets in each teaching studio have shelves and large storage bins available for storage, with priority given to classes. To reserve a storage bin, write your class name on the sticker on the bin. Because storage space is shared, we do not recommend storing anything delicate, valuable or bulky (e.g., larger than 24” x 12” x 12”) in the closets. Closets are cleared out at the end of each semester and any unclaimed items are disposed of.

There are also a limited number of lockable cabinets in 210 and 220 Jacobs, with shelves and trays, available to current instructors; please contact Joey Gottbrath if you would like to use one of these cabinets.

Office Hours

GSIs can hold office hours in 10C (aka the design lounge), 210, 220, and 310 Jacobs during general operating hours, when the rooms are not otherwise occupied by a class, meeting, or event. Check the availability of the 2nd and 3rd floor studios here and the design lounge here, then contact Tyshon Rogers with your requested time and room. Note that office hours have non-exclusive use of classroom space.

Prototyping Materials

Brainstorming and lo-fi prototyping materials, such as post-it notes, scissors, markers, and tape, are available for use by all classes. Materials are located on rolling metal carts in all three of the teaching studios (210, 220, and 310 Jacobs).

Students and instructors with Maker Passes can also purchase prototyping and fabrication materials from the Jacobs Hall material store; some materials, such as the Type A 3D printer filament and LED lights, are provided free of charge to Maker Pass holders.


AV Production Lab

The AV production lab is located in 220C Jacobs and contains equipment that can help to document project work. Some of the equipment in the lab reserved for instructor use only (e.g., the large format printer and docu-camera), while other equipment is accessible by all UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty, without requiring a Maker Pass (e.g., the high resolution flatbed scanner and photography backdrop).

Maker Pass

Your class can access four floors of prototyping and fabrication equipment with a Maker PassStudents can get Maker Passes by following these three steps.  

Lead instructors and GSIs teaching in Jacobs Hall get complimentary Maker Passes; you can bypass the first two steps and need only pass the General Workshop Safety training to get a Maker Pass.