About The Foundry

Innovation Workspace


The Foundry is a new 7,600-square-foot student-focused, project-centered, collaborative space in Gross Hall where students from across Duke can build ideas from the ground up. It serves student teams working on both long-term and short-term projects, as well as providing space for workshops and program modules. Foundry users have access to a variety of project and prototyping supplies, a light machine shop, dedicated project spaces and secure storage options.

This modular and flexible space enriches the student experience by providing dedicated design and project space for co-curricular and entrepreneurial activities.

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Project history

The Foundry continues a concerted effort by Duke over the last decade to provide more flexible meeting spaces for academic and co-curricular activities – including such new spaces as The Link in Perkins Library, DuHatch in the Teer Building and The Edge in Bostock Library.

Senior Associate Dean for Research George Truskey led a planning group of faculty and students from across campus—along with architects from the firm Lord, Aeck, Sargent — to produce schematic designs and rationale for The Foundry.

Lord, Aeck, Sargent surveyed 11 student teams associated with Pratt, the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke University Energy Initiative and the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative. These student groups expressed a strong need for design-build space, entrepreneurial space, and room for team projects. Of particular need were spaces for fabrication and prototyping, and for project storage.

Its name was chosen following a campus-wide contest that saw contributions from students, faculty and staff. The name evokes and celebrates not only the hands-on nature of the work accomplished in the facility, but its from-the-ground-up design-build ethos.

The result of this planning is The Foundry – a new interdisciplinary and creative space for Duke students opened in 2015.

Planning group

Lord, Aeck, Sargent, architects
Lauren Dunn Rockart
Kelly Yates

Pratt School of Engineering
George Truskey
Chris Clarke
Minnie Glymph
Daniel Graubman
Russell Holloway
Mitchell Vann

Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative
Howie Rhee
Judd Staples

Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Dan Gauthier
Dan Kiehart

Duke University Facilities Management
Myron Taschuk

Duke University Energy Initiative
Kyle Bradbury
Richard Newell

Vice Provost for the Arts
Scott Lindroth

Innovation Co-Lab
Michael Faber
Evan Levine

Global Women’s Health Technology Center
Nimmi Ramanujam

Duke Engineering Student Representation
3D Printing Club – Rebecca Lai
DuHatch  – Swaminathan Kumar and Kyle Imatani, and Michael Drozd
Robotics Club – Logan Rooper and Andrew Buie
Michael Deng