Courses

6/26/18
This course will focus on the changing forms of buildings.  Through critical examinations of different types of buildings, students will be introduced to forms shaped by culture, economics and use and the ways that changes in the use and considerations of buildings, landscapes and space can shape form.
6/26/18
This course will focus on early career development in the profession of architecture. The goal is to help students understand the various professional trajectories available and provide guidance as to the necessary steps to follow the path they would like to pursue. Through presentations, readings and weekly discussions students will become familiar with both traditional and alternative career paths in architecture and design.
6/26/18
The seminar gives students an opportunity to explore and improve techniques for assembling legible, clear, graphically engaging work portfolios. The capacity to produce, format, manipulate and present design work is a key skill in the visual communication and conceptual narrative of an architect's career. 
6/26/18
This course will offer students instruction in assembling a clear, legible, graphically compelling portfolio of their work.
6/26/18
Your portfolio is the main document showcasing your work you accomplished during your time studying architecture to a larger audience. The portfolios significance can be compared to architectural photography in the work of an architect. You will spent one semester to critically assess your work and create the strongest documentation possible of your work. 
6/26/18
The collapse of land values in Detroit and the city’s subsequent ‘comeback,’ have been widely publicized. In a span of only ten years, towers that once sat vacant are now occupied, and construction has recently begun on the new tallest building in Michigan. Real estate speculation abounds. Yet each year, tens of thousands of families continue to lose their homes through foreclosures and water shutoffs, driving a cycle of poverty, vacancy, and blight demolition. While downtown development booms, the majority of the city suffers from disinvestment.
6/26/18
School buildings play a key role in the learning experience of millions of children in the United States. Therefore, school facilities offer a unique opportunity to engage in a national-scale effort to transform learning environments for children. This special topic seminar aims to experiment with such transformation, beginning with a K-4 public school facility built in a Northeastern suburb in the 1950s.
6/26/18
The studio will emphasize critical thinking on basic architectural issues through the design proposal of a group of three houses and three workspaces (painting, writing, and music composing) for three very different families that will be sharing a single undivided lot in the east side of the city of Buffalo. 
6/26/18
This course will expose students to a variety of methods used in architectural representation, both 2d and 3d. Students will learn various techniques to communicate spatial conditions and concepts, including, but not limited to, drafting, photographic manipulation, color theory, and techniques for model making. 
6/26/18
This technical methods seminar will focus on the "how-to" of paper and fiber casting, specifically for architectural and structural experiments at large scale. Students will learn about the material composition of various papers, manufacturing techniques, and analyze the structure of paper using microscopy. Orthodox methods for form-making using paper and fiber pulp will be taught as a basis for experimental fabrication approaches which students will do based on the direction of their studio projects. A work ethic involving resourcefulness, the creating of minimal waste, and a "let's see" approach to open-ended experimentation will guide this seminar.
6/26/18
In the first half of this course, we will develop our own surveying tools in the shop to investigate a portion of Silo City in Buffalo, New York. Tools developed in the class will incorporate traditional remote sensing and surveying equipment (for position), digital and analog monitors (for phenomena), and will be recorded on a digital or paper template. In the second half of the course, students will learn to integrate and interpret these data using traditional software tools like GIS. The final project for the class will support the designs of the EP GRG studio; co-registration with the EP GRG studio is required.
6/26/18
The intent of the course is to provide the students with a perspective of current roles and best practices of Urban Design including learning from great precedents; principles of good urban design; and making the public realm robust, legible, sustainable, healthy, equitable, and rich in human experience.
6/26/18
The Ecological Practices Graduate Research Group Fall 2019 Studio will start a year long project to design an architectural and landscape intervention that facilitates observation of both the landscape and local wildlife in Silo City. This studio will address how one turns a once functioning industrial site into a site of ecological renewal. 
6/26/18
This studio will explore the design of a Gallery Complex as a means to investigate the incorporation of various technologies into the integrated design of a building. 
6/26/18
This studio will be about design for creativity and entrepreneurism. It will explore the creation of a student oriented small business incubator for UB. Three sites will be studied, one on each of the three campuses. The project will include research and analysis, visioning exercises, space programming and building design. UB’s Capital Planning Group and other university units will participate. 
6/26/18
The studio will foster material research in architecture as an integrated endeavor between scientific, tectonic and cultural readings. Students will exercise to express theoretical and spatial concepts through physical artifacts. Insights will be triggered by working within the material specificity and fabrication techniques of paper casting / fibers / pulp.
6/26/18

This studio will study the architecture of that response by situating recent technological advancements in materials and off-site manufacturing within the context of IDP settlements.  Specifically, we will focus on semi-temporary dwelling clusters that take into consideration these logistical challenges while proposing inventive formal and material-driven partitioning structures that provide spatial quality in light of such events.  

6/26/18
In this studio, students expand and dive deeper into this paradox of borders through the questions posed by Dimensions of Citizenship, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The semester’s work will be catalyzed by the specific conditions of immigration, refugees, and asylum-seekers in Buffalo and western New York. 
6/26/18
This fall, three graduate studios are collaborating on a plan for the future of Erie County Medical Center’s (ECMC’s) properties, in relation to the Kensington Heights community. This will be the fourth year in a row that Architecture, RED, and URP have collaborated on a complex project. The arrangement creates a dynamic, interdisciplinary learning environment.

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