Curry Design Initiative


Our shared vision is to foster innovative approaches to authentic educational challenges and prepare graduates who can tackle real-world problems in various learning contexts. Many Curry graduates will likely encounter makerspaces and fabrication systems in work settings, especially as schools continue to transition libraries into makerspaces. We aim to create the space, resources, and programming for both preservice and inservice teachers in all domains to be able to augment and transform their practice.

Curry Innovation Spaces


  • Maker Studio (Ruffner 204)

    The Maker Studio offers a variety of advanced fabrication technologies such as 3D printers, poster printers, and construction tools to develop later stage prototypes.

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  • Design Lab (Ruffner 300)

    The Design Lab provides instructional resources and technologies for teacher education students to practice designing learning environments.

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Community Connections


The Curry Innovation and Design Initiative is made possible by the collaborative efforts of dedicated instructors at the University of Virginia and passionate community members and organizations in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. The initiative is a partnership with ReinventED Lab, a student driven 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to building the future of school here in Charlottesville.

Learn more about the people that make this initiative possible.