Some common questions we get are covered here. Peruse the list and if you still have unanswered questions, send us a message or come by the building to chat. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Siebel Center for Design is the only design center of its kind in the country. We practice, model, and teach design thinking and human-centered design in collaboration with all disciplines, majors, and departments at UIUC, as well as our community-at-large. SCD was made possible in part by a donation from the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation.

Human-centered design (HCD) is a problem-solving approach that uses design thinking to identify the unmet needs of a population in order to collaboratively and iteratively develop solutions. We believe that HCD is a flexible approach that allows anyone to solve problems in creative and innovative ways, using processes such as empathizing with people, brainstorming ideas, and prototyping solutions.

SCD is for everyone - students, faculty, staff, and community members - who’s interested in multidisciplinary collaboration, and learning more about design thinking and human-centered design.

Yes! Check out our current course offerings here. We’re also hosting many other classes that use Design Thinking or Human-centered Design as part of their course, so you can take a class from several different colleges here in SCD. 

You’ve heard correctly! The Shop’s broad range of fabrication equipment is now available to all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of major or discipline. Sewing machines, 3D printers, laser engravers, a water jet cutter, a CNC router, saws and sanders, media production equipment, and more are available for use - we're always updating this page with more info

Our main doors are open every day from 7AM to midnight, with exceptions made for university holidays. Hours for certain rooms in the building vary - please check here for more information.

Vending machines are available on our lower level if you need a quick snack. We will have more news soon regarding our kitchen and café spaces. 

We love that you’re interested! All current job openings at SCD are listed here.

More information, and a link to reserve space for your event at SCD, can be found here.