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Material Lab Research LibGuide: Home

Pratt School of Design Research Resources


Welcome to the Material Lab Research LibGuide!

This LibGuide is a resource for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the School of Design at the Pratt Institute. It was created to be used in tandem with the Material Lab located on the Pratt Institute's Brooklyn Campus. This supplementary guide features a compilation of electronic and digital resources courtesy of the Pratt Institute Library, as well as outside resources that students might find useful.

Material ConneXion: "What Is A...?"

These videos form Material ConneXion's YouTube page provide helpful definitions of a few popular categories of materials found in Pratt's Materials Research Lab. 

What is a Glass?

What is a Cement?

What is a Metal?

What is a Polymer?

What is a Ceramic?

About the Material Lab

The Material Lab is a collaborative research center dedicated to advancing the study of materials at Pratt. Housing over 25,000 unique material samples, the Material Lab’s circulating collection supports haptic design research and facilitates practical discussion about materials grounded in their characteristics, composition, application, and impact. Additionally, our community-building initiatives supplement and contextualize our physical collection and include frequent office and studio visits, a lunch-and-learn series, and our annual Material Lab Prize. Through the Material Lab’s expansive resources and programming, designers at Pratt establish and refine a material literacy that will guide their design work in and beyond their time at Pratt. 

The Material Lab is located in the basement of the Engineering Building (pictured below). 


Material Lab Hours

Monday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

(Please note that operating hours are subject to change by semester.)


For general inquiries, contact:

Jay Lemire

Manager, Material Lab

(718) 636-3765

Choosing Architectural Materials

This video covers five key aspects to consider when choosing materials for interior and architectural design:

1. Physical Properties (weight, porosity, density, strength, acoustical properties, weathering characteristics, structural properties, appearance, color, texture, shape, gloss, and maintenance characteristics)

2. Context (physical location, historical, cultural, and functional/structural)

3. Experiential Qualities (connotations, perceptions, internal bias, emotionality/feeling)

4. Costs (area used, labor, shopping locally)

5. Manufacturing (installation, acquisition, assembly, life-cycle, environmental impacts)

Pratt Library

Pratt Institute Library Hours

Brooklyn Campus

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Manhattan Campus

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Research Labs at the Pratt Institute

Computer research labs housed on the Brooklyn Campus:

Digital Output Center, Pratt's centralized output area for color laser, professional photo, and large format printing and plotting.

3D Printing Center, a modern and future-forward lab that supports 3D prototyping and object building with a broad selection of materials and processes.

Engineering Computer Lab (EDS) offers an assortment of computer services and contains four Mac and three PC classrooms each with 18 workstations.

Foundation Media Lab offers three classrooms, each with 15 Macintosh student workstations that directly support the Foundation Department's 4-D Design curriculum.

Higgins Hall Labs, a two-classroom lab with workstations loaded with advanced software that allows users to create CAD and 3D models.

Machinery Computer Lab (MCC), which has two Mac and two PC classrooms that offer students the ability to create a full-range of communications design projects.

Satellite Labs across campus, which offer an assortment of computer services. 

Thank you for using Pratt Institute's Materials Research Lab!