In the fall of 2009, the School of Art was given a new building on the Fairfax campus. During the first semester, the grounds of the building were completely void of vegetation and much of the building felt very industrial. To counteract the concrete and glass, Vina Sananikone and Justin Raphael Roykovich founded SoA Green, a student group that would use art and design greening initiatives to bring awareness of ecological issues to the School of Art. Serendipitously, Mark Cooley, (a professor in the School of Art), was simultaneously planning his Agri-Arts class to launch in the fall semester of 2010. Needing an outdoor space for this class, Cooley and SoA Green worked together (with much help from The Office of Sustainability) to transform the clay landscape outside the Art and Design Building into a garden. Since the transformation, the garden at the School of Art shares two main uses: one, it acts as a student run garden of fruits, vegetables and flowers; two, it serves Cooley's class with a permaculture studio, in which Agri-Art installations will be shown and curated.