The DI HUB – formerly the 1971 Art Building originally designed by Australian architect John Andrews – serves as the focal point for design innovation activities on Kent State university's Kent campus.

The DI HUB boasts a series of collaborative workspaces, maker environments, classrooms, and event venues that enable the building to operate as an open-access collaborative maker and innovation accelerator.

As a key component of the Kent State University Design Innovation Ecosystem, the DI HUB’s ultimate goal is to activate a community of inquisitive collaborators and to facilitate cross-disciplinary communication and problem-solving. Learn more about the unique spaces and resources in the DI HUB by exploring the links below.

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  • Classrooms & Research

    Classrooms & Research

    The DI HUB houses a number of spaces dedicated to research and academic activities including the DI Theatre/Auditorium, DI Studio Classroom, Innovation Teaching Kitchen, Shared Faculty Studio, Fellows Suite and DI Gallery.

  • REACTOR Shops & Labs

    REACTOR Shops & Labs

    The DI Labs are makerspaces located inside the DI HUB that support innovation and collaboration. The largest of these is the REACTOR, which hosts a number of single-purpose "shops" in its interior to directly support collaborative prototyping/making activities.

  • BDMF Entrepreneur Suite

    BDMF Entrepreneur Suite

    This suite in the DI HUB constitutes an entrepreneurship zone that covers the LaunchNET office; each of the i3 Lab spaces; and the inspirationally situated Seminar Room at the end of the hall overlooking the Shared Faculty Studio and out onto the May 4 Commons.

  • DI Dining

    DI Dining

    DI Dining is located on the 3rd floor of the Design Innovation Hub. Kent State has partnered with InSinkErator® through the implementation of Grind2Energy®, an organics recovery process that converts food waste to renewable energy. Food waste from the DI HUB is ground on-site using a customized, industrial-strength foodservice grinder.