Mustafa Faruki

Adjunct Instructor - 2018/2019 Banham Fellow - Department of Architecture
mafaruki@buffalo.edu   - Crosby Hall 323

Adjunct Instructor - 2018/2019 Banham Fellow - Department of Architecture
mafaruki@buffalo.edu   - Crosby Hall 323

Mustafa Faruki

He has exhibited, presented and lectured on his design work at Barnard College, Parsons, the New Museum’s Ideas for the New City and the Drawing Center, where he was a participant in the Open Sessions exhibition program. Faruki has worked for and alongside a number of New York City design firms and institutions, including Marvel Architects, Supermass Studio, WASA Studio, and the Brooklyn Museum. Before coming to Buffalo, he was a Lecturer in the Asian American Studies Program at CUNY Hunter College, where his teaching centered on narratives of struggle and resilience found in the visual culture of Asians in America.

His practice, theLab-lab, focuses on architectures that are instigated by clients such as humor, desire, memory, irony, alienation, humor, vulgarity and loss. Projects by theLab-lab have received support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Drawing Center, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. In 2017, theLab-lab was one of six firms awarded the prestigious League Prize for Young Architects and Designers by the Architectural League of New York.

Faruki’s research in the context of the Banham Fellowship is interested in testing the ability of representational tools to convey architectural propositions that can also function as a rhetorical device. To this end, he is leading a research seminar that incorporates both an intensive study of precedent approaches to architectural representation, alongside a design workshop that tests hypotheses about possible representational strategies. The seminar identifies sites in Buffalo that will serve as laboratories for the serious evaluation of (sometimes whimsical) design inventions: as the semester progresses, these sites will become familiar and cherished fields of speculation, experimentation, and play.

Faruki has a BA in Architecture and an MArch from Columbia University, and an MA in History of Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.