Virginia Melnyk

Adjunct Instructor
Department of Architecture


Virginia Melnyk


Virginia Melnyk

138 Diefendorf Hall

(716) 829-5930



Virginia Melnyk is returning to the University of Buffalo, where she received her B.S. in Architecture. She subsequently earned her MArch from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

While attending UPenn her outstanding work was recognized in the student annual “Work” publication, in student shows, international exhibitions, and she received third place in the Schenk-Woodman student competition. After graduation from UPenn she was invited back to be a research assistant and a lecturer in visual studies. In 2011 she accepted a position at Studio Pei Zhu in Beijing, where she has been a lead designer for the past three years, working on large scale cultural projects in China.

Virginia continues to develop her own style,  building small structures she has been able to take part in temporary public installations in Toronto, Beijing, and Flint.  Recent exhibitions and publications include Meander - Variegating Architecture by Ferda Kolatan and Jenny Sabin, Song Ya Feng Thats Art Magazine issue no.8, 1x20 Exhibition at the Harrison Center For the Arts, and The Unfinished Grid at the Museum of the City of New York.