PLEASE NOTE: The Visual Resources Collection was closed effective August 22, 2018. See the Connect page for further information.

The School of Architecture Visual Resources Collection (VRC) manages a fully equipped Lighting Studio to support model photography. Equipment includes a Nikon D5300 DSLR camera, black and white backdrops, professional studio lights, model table, light table, ball head tripod, and a geared head tripod.

The facility is available on a walk-in basis or by appointment for School of Architecture students, faculty, and staff members. Reservations can be made up to a week in advance. To schedule a reservation, contact the VRC Monday-Friday, 8 am - 5 pm, at 512.471.0143, via e-mail (, or in person in Sutton 3.128.


Consult the Lighting Studio Calendar to check availability.

Using the Lighting Studio:

  • Reserve a time-slot. If the Lighting Studio is not already booked, it can be used upon arrival.
  • Arrive promptly for your reservation with models in hand and a laptop to download the images from the camera. Your reservation is subject to forfeiture if you arrive 10 minutes after the start of the designated reservation time.
  • Images should be downloaded from the VRC's DSLR camera during the final 10 minutes of the reserved time-slot.
  • The Lighting Studio should be left clean and orderly.

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Lighting Studio
Model Documentation with White Backdrop, Lights, and DSLR

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Lighting Studio
Model Documentation with Light Table

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Lighting Studio
Black Backdrop, Lights, and DSLR