The Chiang Center for Innovation & Collaboration

The Center for Innovation and Collaboration is everything we are at Blair. Its glass-walled and light-filled spaces promote teamwork and allow all the more for the development of the relationships on which we pride ourselves.


The Center for Innovation and Collaboration serves as the new home for the fine arts and technology departments. Its highly configurable common areas accommodate the convening of large and small groups to work across disciplines.

Designed to inspire creativity and tap into students’ potential in classroom and extracurricular pursuits, the building juxtaposes art and technology in a central location, positioning these complementary disciplines for infusion across Blair’s curriculum.

A Narrated Video Tour of the Center's Interior

A Closer Look: Inside the New Building

Maker space

This ground-floor laboratory/workshop provides “messy space” for creation, invention and learning. It brings the capabilities of the well-used Park Street maker space to the heart of campus, opening up new opportunities for hands-on project work.

Collaboration Forum

A signature space in the CIC, the Forum is a large, central, semi-circular open area with an atrium ceiling that extends to the second floor. Furnished with white boards and comfortable, modular seating, it is ringed by windows that provide views to the landscaping outside, as well as views into the conference and team rooms that surround it. Effectively sized and technology-rich, the space is easily configurable for large and small classes, meetings and seminars, and is home to our renowned Society of Skeptics lectures, as well as offering convening space for full faculty meetings, student organizations, and programs that connect alumni, students, faculty and members of the surrounding community.

Media labs

A first-floor, glass-walled classroom and a smaller, second-floor lab, each fully equipped with Macintosh computers and video/audio production equipment, are devoted to independent and fine arts class digital media projects. Critical communication, storytelling and narrative skills are highlighted as students leverage filmmaking and production technology in these centrally located and easily accessible labs.

Technology classrooms

Two dedicated classrooms on the second floor house computer science, robotics and engineering classes. Students do not need to set up/break down projects at the start and end of every class, and they can work on their projects during free time.

Art & ceramics studio

The CIC’s third floor is dedicated to fine arts instruction, and the central space is occupied by an open, airy studio. The space is flooded with natural light pouring through large windows and skylights; surrounding classrooms, housing fine arts and architecture classes, are glass-walled to allow for light and promote active collaboration. In addition, a ceramics studio, fully equipped with pottery wheels, a kiln and other necessary equipment, is located adjacent to the maker space on the CIC’s ground floor.

CIC Naming Opportunities

View a list of Center for Innovation and Collaboration naming opportunities.

Introducing the CIC

Read a news article that further details the three building projects included in the "Forward Thinking" campaign.
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