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The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has a number of extraordinary facilities furnished with state-of-the-art equipment.
Consumers of design and the arts rarely consider the importance of facilities, unless they are inadequate or missing. To designers and artists, however, the facilities are critical: a dancer cannot perform without a dance floor; a designer cannot complete a fabrication project without industry standard studio spaces and manufacturing processes; a metal sculptor cannot sculpt without a studio and metalworking equipment; a dazzling musical performance will sound inadequate without a brilliant concert hall.
The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has a number of extraordinary facilities furnished with state-of-the-art equipment. Particularly noteworthy are the J. Russell and Bonita Nelson Fine Arts Center (designed by Antoine Predock and winner of the 1989 American Institute of Architects Honor Award), Grady Gammage Auditorium (a 3,000 seat concert hall designed by Frank Lloyd Wright), the Dance Studio Theatre and the Music Building, which houses four distinctive performance spaces. Located primarily in the northwest corner of campus, the institute facilities make up the university's "design and arts district," and are adjacent to downtown Tempe.