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.
Am I at the right Siebel Center?
That depends! The Siebel Center for Design (that's us!) is at 1208 S. 4th Street in Champaign. The Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science is on the north end of campus at 201 N. Goodwin Avenue in Urbana. Even if you unintentionally end up here at Siebel Center for Design, we're happy you found us, and invite you to come back whenever you like!
What is Siebel Center for Design?
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.
So, what is Design Thinking and Human-centered Design?
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.
Is this building and resources for all students, or just for specific majors, like engineering or graphic design?
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.
I have heard there are AMAZING makerspaces at SCD. What kinds of equipment are available?
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.
Is food or drink available at SCD?
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.
I am planning an event, how do I go about reserving spaces in SCD?
More information, and a link to reserve space for your event at SCD, can be found here.