Cinema Art and Science

SCB renovated the third floor of 1104 South Wabash Avenue to house various functions for the Cinema Art and Science department of Columbia College. The new space promotes collaboration and gathering through an open and flexible design.


Columbia College Chicago


Chicago, IL


Architecture /
Campus Environments /
Academics /
Interior Design /
Campus Environments /

The project began with a complete facility assessment and programming exercise with the Department’s leadership. The project goals were to create a signature space for the Department where students can work together in an open environment that is conducive to creativity and abstract thought. The design inspiration was the department’s concept of creation, being able to see beyond two-dimension. This notion is manifested through the use of glass and sidelights built into the spaces “beyond” the physical wall.

The 17,000-square-foot renovated space includes a 144-seat fanned projection capable lecture theater, four flexible classrooms, a new open writing/directing/producing laboratory, a reconfigured reception space, and an administrative/faculty office suite. The new layout for the floor allows for the office suite to be secured after-class hours, while the classrooms and lounge spaces remain open for extended hour student use.

The open laboratory features pivoting dry erase walls and moveable furniture, allowing the area to be reconfigured for various functions and purposes. Casual lounge seating in the new lobby provides additional gathering space for students.

Square Feet