Design is usually the core of academic programs in architecture and other environmental design disciplines. To support the teaching of design, the college has a number of architectural design studios grouped together in one location. The studios are designed as clusters within an open space, with each cluster serving a design class, and the open nature of the studio encouraging interaction among the different design classes. Within each design studio, every student is allocated a private workspace consisting of a drawing table and lockers that are secure. The arrangement provides each student with privacy, while at the same time encouraging him to interact with his colleagues. Among the future plans for the studios is the extension of the college network to the individual drawing tables to enable students fully integrate information technology with their design activities.