Since the introduction of the first “paperless” design studios on the seventh floor of Avery in the mid-90's, there has been substantial annual investment in the facilities and digital infrastructure for research, teaching, presentation, and general computing at Columbia GSAPP. A centralized technical and administrative structure has been set up to allow the School to provide a higher level of technical support, standardization of computer hardware and software, and more generous computing resources for all GSAPP students. The result is a very wide selection of professional software packages ranging from AutoCAD and GIS to multimedia and video editing, all available at all times from any one of well over 500 workstations in the School.
The School’s Audio/Visual Office lends digital projectors, digital-still and video cameras, and laptop computers for student reviews, classes, and special events. The School has a Digital Output Facility with a variety of large-format color plotters, laser cutters and 3D output devices.