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Design Group faculty and administrative offices are in Building 550, also known as the Peterson Laboratory Building.

Effective 4/4/22:  When classes are in session, Building 550 and all other School of Engineering buildings are open M-F 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Building 550 is closed to non-residents after hours and on weekends and University holidays.   (confirmed 3/31/22 anthto kburns)

The interior doors to the Design Group faculty and staff offices are open as follows:

162 & Studio C Interior Doors
Monday:  7:00 AM (Brittany Schwartz) - 3:30 PM (Brittany Schwartz)
Tuesday:  6:30 AM (Kristin Burns) - 3:30 PM (Brittany Schwartz)
Wednesday:  6:30 AM (Kristin Burns) - 2:00 PM (Loran Lusvardi)
Thursday:  7:00 AM (Brittany Schwartz) - 3:30 PM (Brittany Schwartz)
Friday:  10:00 AM (Loran Lusvardi) - 2:00 PM (Loran Lusvardi)

Panama Mall Stairwell and First Floor Restrooms (*Extended Hours effective 10/9/23 for these doors only.)
Monday:  7:00 AM (Brittany Schwartz) - 6:00 PM (Mark Cutkosky)
Tuesday:  6:30 AM (Kristin Burns) - 6:00 PM (Mark Cutkosky)
Wednesday:  6:30 AM (Kristin Burns) - 6:00 PM (Mark Cutkosky)
Thursday:  7:00 AM (Brittany Schwartz) - 6:00 PM (Mark Cutkosky)
Friday:  10:00 AM (Loran Lusvardi) - 6:00 PM (Mark Cutkosky)

These times are subject to change due to staff schedules.  Last update 9/29/23 loranjl

Here are Building 550 room details.  (SUNetID required)

Reservations can be made in advance for hosted activities outside of regular hours. (SUNetID required.)

After-hours access (SUNetID required)

The Design Group has created guidelines and resources for a quieter workspace in our open landscape environment. (SUNetID required)

Building 550 also houses the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (

Peterson concluded an extensive renovation in March 2010.  Formerly, the Design Group was located in the Terman Engineering Center.