The Banham Fellowship in the Department of Architecture is intended to support design work that situates architecture within the general field of socio-cultural and material critique.
The fellowship honors the legacy of Peter Reyner Banham, who taught at UB from 1976-80 and produced a foundational body of scholarship on material/visual culture as a reflection of contemporary social life. Banham spent his time in Buffalo engaged in a scholarly project on the imaginary of American industrial architecture at work in early modernism that took the form of historical research, hands-on engagement and seminar instruction, resulting in his landmark work, A Concrete Atlantis.
In celebration of Banham's legacy of experimental criticism, this fellowship supports the research and creative activity of emerging practitioners. Over the course of a year, fellows teach, deliver a public lecture and prepare an exhibition culminating from their research and creative work at the school.
Ang Li is an architect and writer whose work is centered around the re-appropriation of lost and found architectural artifacts. Her recent projects explore questions of material agency and cultural production through experiments in reference and reuse. She has participated in exhibitions at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, and Storefront for Art and Architecture. Her work has been published in Pidgin, Clog, Manifest, Abitare, Wired, and Blueprint.
Ang holds a BA in architecture from the University of Cambridge, and a M.ARCH from Princeton University, where she was awarded the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize. She also served as an editor of Pidgin Magazine. Previously, she worked for number of architectural practices in the US and Europe, including David Adjaye (New York), Marge Arkitekter (Stockholm) and Allies and Morrison Architects (London). Her professional experience includes projects across a range of scales from exhibition design to cultural institutions.
As Banham fellow, her current research in Buffalo focuses on the role of the industrial monument as a trope in architectural history and practice. Thirty years after the publication of Reyner Banham’s A Concrete Atlantis, the project will revisit some of these former sites and structures of production through contemporary architectural rhetorics of representation, restoration and reuse.