Burchard Hall provides studio space for the architecture and industrial design programs of the School of Architecture + Design, faculty office space, and workshops for ceramics, plaster, graphics, and computer/digital media. The building was constructed underground — with four pyramidal skylights illuminating studio spaces below — to preserve Cowgill Plaza, a popular meeting place and campus thoroughfare. A stairway leads from a kiosk in the plaza to the subterranean offices and studio space.
Burchard Hall was completed in 1998. It was designed to address an acute shortage of space for the architecture and industrial design programs in the School of Architecture + Design.