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.
Jordan Carver is an architectural writer, researcher, and educator. He was Managing Editor at GSAPP Books at Columbia University and is currently a co-organizer of Who Builds Your Architecture? an advocacy group working on globalization and labor. His essays have been published in PLAT, Pidgin, Volume, CLOG, and the ARPA Journal among others. He received both his Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) and Masters of Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (MS. CCCP) from Columbia University. In 2013 he received a NYSCA grant to study the effects of sequestration and taxation on the built environment. As the Banham Fellow, he will conduct a yearlong research seminar examining the relationships between state funding, public infrastructure, and civic identity in the Buffalo region. This research will be realized through site-specific installations and a public symposium.