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Help us write the book

We’re digging deep into the collective memory of our alumni, faculty and friends to document the rich history of the School of Architecture and Planning in celebration of our 50th anniversary. Write us to share your memories and reflections. Dust off your photos and any documents stored away in the attic – syllabi, catalogs, newsletters, drawings, project reports, and more. Send it all our way and we’ll write you into school history.

Send us your memories and materials

Professor Bradshaw Hovey suggests there is a persistence of patterns and shared values across the first 50 years of the School of Architecture and Planning. Help reveal the heart of our school - share your story and be part of Hovey's monograph commemorating the 50th anniversary of our school. Read more about the school's 50th anniversary monograph

“There’s a story attached to every person who ever studied here," says Hovey, "about what they learned here, what they remembered, and what they did in the years after graduation...I want to hear those stories.”

 

Who made the greatest impression on you? What lessons – intended or otherwise – stick with you from your days in school here? What have you accomplished in the years that followed? If you have photographs or old papers that you’ve been keeping but you just don’t know what you would do with them, send them to us. We are assembling a school archive as a by-product of the ongoing research. We will keep your papers as part of that collection. (Please email scanned photos or documents at print-ready resolution @ 300 dpi or greater)

Messages and materials can be send in electronic or hard copy format to Bradshaw Hovey at bhovey@buffalo.edu or 115 Hayes Hall, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214, Attn: Bradshaw Hovey.

Special invitations

We are working to fill gaps in our history and will be issuing specific calls for materials. Enrich our archives with your personal memories and experiences!

Our first home in Bethune Hall

Before the School of Architecture and Environmental Design was in Hayes Hall it was in Bethune Hall, aka the Buffalo Meter Building. Vincent “Buz” Miranda, an early adjunct, describes the situation as a “free-for-all” with faculty offices arrayed around the perimeter of the building while students occupied the middle. “Everybody was accessible all the time.”

Carolyn Kinsman, a member of the faculty in Design Studies from 1974 to 1977, remembers that students were given the task of designing their “proximate environment” anew each year.

Do you have other recollections of life in Bethune Hall? Do you have any photos or other documents of the environment that environmental designers designed for themselves? Please share. 

Remembering the teachers no longer with us

Of the original faculty only John Eberhard and George Borowsky are still alive. Michael Brill, Terry Collison, Ibrahim Jammal, and Dick Chalmers are all gone. Faculty who came somewhat later are also dead: Gunter Schmitz, Scott Danford, John Archea, Magda McHale, Marilyn Reeves, and Peter Reyner Banham. We're reaching out to alumni for memories of those teachers.

John Archea

John Archea was on the architecture faculty for too short a time. But before his unexpected death in 1993 he distinguished himself as a compelling teacher, original researcher, and brilliant, witty, and collaborative colleague. Who knew that stairs could be so fascinating? Did you have John as an instructor in a course? Did you have him as a studio instructor or critic? What do you remember most about John? Send us your memoir. Or write to us about other experiences in the School that remain important to you today. 

Bill Huff

For a quarter century, Bill Huff taught basic design in the Department of Architecture, bringing a discipline to the process of visual perception that is at the heart of the creative process. One of the signature exercises his students engaged was the “parquet transformation” in which one pattern of symmetry morphed into a different pattern of symmetry as it moved across the page. What are your recollections of study with Professor Huff? Send us your memoir about your experiences, with Professor Huff or any other memories that stick with you from your time in the School. 

Mike Brill and Scott Danford

Hundreds of graduates from the School of Architecture and Planning took END 111 – “Introduction to Environmental Design,” in the earliest years from Mike Brill and for many years after that with Scott Danford and his alter-ego Dr. Kyle Reardon. Brill and Danford, each in their own way, made instruction in the fundamentals of our field a matter of performance art. What ideas or images stick with you from this course? What are your lasting images of the instructors? Send us your memoir of your experiences with Brill and Danford or anything else about your time at UB. 

What was your planning studio experience?

The studio experience for planning graduate students at UB is an extraordinarily collaborative process. Architecture students often do individual projects around a common problem or theme. Planners usually work together to produce one product. What are your memories of the planning practicum process? What was the project? What kind of relationship did you have with the client for your project? What kind of working relationships did you have with your fellow students? What were the challenges? Send us your memoir of your planning studios. 

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