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.
Ludovico Centis is an architect, a founder and editor of the architecture magazine San Rocco, and a contributor to the website of Domus magazine. He was a partner at the architectural office Salottobuono from 2007 to 2013. He is currently a doctoral candidate in urbanism at IUAV University in Venice (Italy) and has taught undergraduate design courses at various Italian universities and lectured internationally, including at the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. As a Banham Fellowship holder, his research addresses the contemporary understanding and perception of monuments. He is teaching a year-long seminar and an undergraduate studio and will also produce a book and exhibition as a result of his research.