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Foundations Lab

student, working on tablet, in large lab room, many artworks on wall in background

The Foundations Lab supports exploratory study informed by the natural world and strengthens connections across Pratt Institute through interdisciplinary engagement in the first year and beyond.

The Foundations Lab opened Spring 2020. It houses a wide spectrum of natural objects for students to explore at their own pace. Our collection ranges from insects, mammal and bird skeletons, marine environments, architectural, geometric and built forms, rocks, minerals, pigments, and plants. We provide students, faculty, and staff a rich environment for learning and teaching by linking art, design, and the natural world.

Additionally, the Foundations Lab seeks to facilitate meaningful connections between guests and the various departments at Pratt. We offer a unique educational experience merging art, design, research, and the natural sciences. We offer programming (lectures, workshops, exhibitions) bringing in outside artists, designers, makers, scientists, and scholars to collaborate with Pratt students, faculty, and staff. 
We are open for independent student work drop-in, and Faculty class bookings. We also have a selection of art and digital resources available. Pratt students and faculty can learn more at our One.Pratt page.


The Foundations Lab is open by appointment only during Summer. Prospective student tours are provided through the Office of Admissions

Fall 2024 Hours

Monday-Friday 8:30am – 8:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

Contact us

Eleanor King, Technical Director 
Rebeca Acosta, Foundation Technician 

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