A space dedicated to design thinking

Capen Annex is the new home of the Design Thinking Initiative. It is a space for exploratory learning and for experimentation with the curriculum. The building has a classroom and prototyping studio, a meeting room and a co-working office used by the directors, instructors, administrators, and student design partners.

The building was designed and renovated over the Fall 2015 semester and occupied in January 2016. To date is has served as a learning space for design thinking workshops and for students in our flagship courses:

  • IDP 116 Introduction to Design Thinking (Offered J-term 2016, 1 credit)
  • IDP 316 [Critical] Design Thinking Studio (Offered Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 , 4 credits)

Workshops in Capen Annex have been tailored to students, faculty, staff, Smith College Campus School teachers, as well as Smith College alumnae.

Capen Annex is open for semester-long use to recipients of the Design Thinking Initiative’s Curriculum Enhancement Grant. Requests are being accepted for innovative uses of the classroom and prototyping studio in the service of transforming existing courses, conceiving new collaborative or co-taught courses, or adding learning opportunities in the curriculum that go beyond the traditional format of a course.

Come get your design on!

To make a request to reserve Capen Annex, contact our team at capenannex@smith.edu.
Please include the group name, contact name, purpose of your meeting, as well as date and time in your request.

Using Capen Annex

Work in the Prototyping Studio

Schedule a prototyping session or training with our team by clicking here

To work independently in the prototyping studio, complete safety training.
Click here to begin.

Resources in Capen Annex

The classroom, Room 101, has a capacity of 16 learners and 2 instructors. It comprises 4 workbenches, and instructors workbench, and a prototyping cart. The classroom has paper construction materials and legos, iPad Pros (with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard), 3Doodlers (3D printing handheld pens), Portable Photo Printers, Magnatag Porcelain Magnetic Whiteboards, and a Glowforge Laser Cutter

After use, the classroom furniture should be reset according to the layout in this reset chart: capen-annex-classroom-reset-chart

The prototyping studio, Room 203, has 3 iMac desktops, 4 prototyping stations, 2 workbenches and a prototyping cart. The studio is open to all students enrolled in our courses, special studies or interested in design thinking; it is used primarily for IDP 316 for student design-build assignments.

Handtools and eTextiles Station
– Hammers, drills etc
– Sewing machine and fabric kits
– Electronics sensors and kits such as Arduino, Lilypad, MakeyMakey, SparkFun Inventors’ Kit.

Laser Cutter Station
– Epilog Zing Laser Cutter
– The iMac desktop in this station has Windows/OS dual boot. We currently have CorelDraw and AutoCAD installed.

3D Printer Station
– FormLabs2 3D Printer

Vinyl Cutter Station
– Roland desktop vinyl cutter with proprietary software (Adobe CS extension) already installed

The meeting room has seating for 8 and is an ideal space for small group meetings.

Looking for tools to complete your project? Click here to borrow.

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Getting to Capen Annex

The address for Capen Annex is 25A Henshaw Ave, Northampton, MA 01063.

Capen Annex is the yellow and brown house across from Davis Ballroom, behind Cutter-Z.