Hammons School of Architecture

Studio Culture Policy

“Studio Culture” is a term that describes the environment created by the faculty, staff, students and activities that comprise the studio. This includes the common values that are held by this community, the attitudes shared, and the agreed upon expectations and standards. A studio culture that is positive in nature is encouraged at the Hammons School of Architecture (HSA) through the following:

  • Contributing to an active and educational studio environment. Studios are places in which much learning takes place both during and after class hours. Making a presence in the studio and building beyond required hours supports a system of communitywide educational exploration.

  • Respecting the values of others. Recognizing diversity promotes innovation and exploration throughout the studio, improving the overall quality of work. This also upholds Drury University’s Nondiscrimination Statement, explained in the “Accreditation & Notices” section of the university’s academic catalog. For example, criticism about the person rather than the studio work is unacceptable.

  • Participating in a studio that is free of harassment and hostile conditions. Discrimination and bullying should not be tolerated. Explanations of these situations can be found in the “Student Affairs” section of the university’s academic catalog under “Student Compliant Policy,” “Violence in Higher Education,” and “Code of Conduct.” The “Policy and Ethics Statement for Use of Computer Resources” and the “Campus Alcohol Policy” sections should also be noted. Examples of this intolerable behavior include offensive material in studio, inappropriate use of computer resources, and alcohol in the building.

  • Participating in a studio that supports healthy physical and mental conditions. Personal and peer pressures to work with little or no nourishment or rest operates against the goals of education. For example, work should be balanced with necessary breaks for food and sleep; adequate rest before driving is essential.

  • Extending common courtesy and respect for the personal space and property of others. Examples of this include working and storing materials in one’s own area, labeling and locking personal property when necessary, and refraining from playing music without headphones or creating noise that is disruptive to others.

  • Extending common courtesy and respect for shared and public spaces. Examples of this include cleaning shared areas immediately after use, not storing personal materials in public spaces, using cutting boards instead of desktops, using paint, aerosols and other odorous products in the woodshop spray booth, using materials such as plaster and concrete only in the shop and reusing and recycling materials.

  • Fostering communication within the studio community. Open disucssions between faculty, staff and students support the studio as a model of professional activity when ideas and actions are made explicit and serve as a learning opportunity.

All studio community members and their visitors are asked to uphold and abide by these objectives. Studio community members are encouraged to speak with instructors, security, HSA or Drury administration about any issues that arise in relation to this Studio Culture Policy.

All accidents, including injuries from cutting blades, need to be reported immediately to Drury’s Safety & Security Office (417-873-7911 - emergency line). Reports should also be made to the HSA office (417-873-7288) and your instructor during daytime hours. Report any thefts to Drury's Safety & Security Office (417-873-7400), to the HSA Office (417-873-7288) and to your instructor.