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

When classes are in session, the exterior doors on the Design side are open M-F 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM. During summer, our exterior doors are open M-F 7:30 AM to 5 :00 PM.  Building 550 is closed to non-residents after hours and on weekends and University holidays.  (confirmed 5-22-18 Eddie Morales)

The interior doors to the Design Group faculty and staff offices are unlocked at 7:00 AM.  They are locked as follows:

Monday 4:30
Tuesday 4:00
Wednesday 4:00
Thursday 4:00
Friday 3:30

These times are subject to change due to staff schedules.

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 may be available for Design Group Course Assistants: contact your course administrator who will forward the request to Kristin Burns.

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