Families and Visitors

Directions to the College of Design

The College of Design is located on the west side of the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 

Traveling to Ames via Interstate 35:

  • Take Exit 111B labeled "30 West."
  • Travel west on Highway 30, then take Exit 146, the "University Boulevard/ISU" exit.
  • Drive north on University Boulevard (formerly Elwood Drive) to Lincoln Way (the fourth traffic light).
  • At Lincoln Way, turn left (west) past Hilton Coliseum and the Memorial Union
  • Turn right (north) on Sheldon Avenue and continue heading north for 2 blocks. The College of Design building is on the right.

Campus visitors to the College of Design may park behind the building in Lot 9 or 10 at designated metered parking, or along Sheldon Avenue at metered parking. During the weekday hours of 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., general staff parking spots (in the areas marked with gold signage) require hanging permits, which are available to visitors from the College of Design Dean's Office, 134 Design. Daily after 5:30 p.m. and all weekend, Lots 9 and 10 are open to the public.