Courses

6/26/18
This intensive seminar will contribute directly to a wider exhibition project titled Reyner Banham: A Set of Actual Tracks. The concept that lies at the core at the exhibition project is to investigate and question through fresh critical lenses the attitude and research method of one of the most relevant architectural and design critics of the 20th century, Reyner Banham. 
6/26/18
This course will explore a variety of techniques in ceramic fabrication that cross digital craft and traditional production methods. This course requires a willingness to experiment with both analog and digital fabrication methods. 
6/26/18
This course focuses on construction materials, systems and integrated design.  Through the careful study of buildings that relate concept to construction systems and tectonics, students develop an appreciation for the value of fully resolved execution.  This study locates architecture at the juncture of design intention and technical means. 
6/26/18
This course provides an introduction to the environmental and the design aspects of architectural lighting and acoustics. The series presents both qualitative criteria relating to architectural concepts and computational analysis to assist design. Students will develop an understanding of interior lighting, daylighting, room acoustics and noise control as components of architectural design through a structured program of lectures, readings, exams and projects. 
6/26/18
This course will focus on the professional practice of architecture including (the following are the NAAB Student Performance Criteria addressed in the class) an understanding of the fundamentals of building costs, such as acquisition costs, project financing and funding, financial feasibility, operational costs, and construction estimating with an emphasis on life-cycle cost accounting.
6/26/18
In this course students will then learn how to build a model from start to finish using Autodesk Revit to create construction documents and details, model custom components, link models together, create renderings and walkthroughs, and touch on site placement. 
6/26/18
The focus of this studio is integrated architectural design - a synthesis of concept and construct addressing design strategy, program, site, construction, and technology.   Students’ work will be informed by exploration of urban issues, history and culture as well as materiality and craft. Design proposals will be expected to address structure and environmental systems, life safety, accessibility, and material assemblies.  
6/26/18
This course will explore and support and development and use of student’s skills in Rhino 3d. Students will explore new modeling techniques in digital interface and methods of physical output. There will be an emphasis on design for digitally fabricated models based on the techniques in the digital models. 
6/26/18
This course focuses on researching and representing ecological systems and phenomena, with a concern for how visualization practices can reveal and synthesize complex social, political, and environmental relationships.
6/26/18

The objective of this seminar is to re-discover the function of threshold by investigating the thickness of facade where people perform much more than just entering and exiting. We will do focused case studies, rigorous site research on a public housing developments in Buffalo street and finally propose a novel renovation strategy based on the entry behaviors in the housing complex.

 

6/26/18
How do we formulate our position as architects? This seminar will ask you to critically reflect on your practice thus far, and to develop a working manifesto outlining your approach to architectural design. You will begin by considering the imminent demolition of a completed studio project (probably from third or fourth year). Through the prism of this impending demise, you will invent a narrative for your work at large, deploying the ghost of a disappeared architecture in the service of renewed interest in and reinvigoration of your young, promising architectural practice.
6/26/18
The Cybernetic Factory is the second studio in the Situated Technologies Research Group’s 2018-19 curriculum. It takes as its subject the architecture of advanced manufacturing and its integration into local economies and communities
6/26/18
This studio will explore the possibility of co-housing as a model for multi-lot urban infill for students and seniors in multiple Buffalo neighborhoods.  
6/26/18
The studio will work in direct collaboration with Maya Dunietz, an Israeli composer, performer, and sound artist on the design and fabrication of an anechoic chamber – an insulated, echo-free, acoustic environment designed to experience total silence.
6/26/18
Creating environments which all people can experience in an inclusive and positive manner is important.  The previous course in this sequence (ARC 623: Behavior and Space) explored behavioral issues related to different environmental settings. This course will explore the methods by which we can learn about people’s responses to the designed environment. Learning about these techniques will provide evidence-based user information for your future design & planning work. The course falls within the Technical Methods domain of Inclusive Design. 
6/26/18
This course will provide experience in the use of key tools for the implementation of universal design. The course will focus on a certification program for universal design of buildings developed by the IDeA Center: Innovative Solutions for Universal Design, or isUD. 
6/26/18

The course will be hands-on and workshop-based. Technical introduction via skill-building exercises in computational design tools such as Grasshopper, Monolith, Kangaroo2, and K2Engineering will be incorporated into class-time to support student research. Prior experience with such tools is not mandatory.

6/26/18
This course maps the terrain of ecological practices through examination of ten canonical project + text pairs.  The collection of ten buildings circumscribe a wide landscape of practices defined by differing agendas, logics, locations, and times.  The close examination allows one to better situate each in its technological and critical context, and gain insight into how such practices emerged.
6/26/18
This course applies a critical framework to the examination of housing and community development systems in the US, focusing on historic patterns of discrimination and societal inequality that have been reinforced and perpetuated through urban social institutions. 
6/26/18
In this class we will develop an appreciation for the interdependence of planning, architecture, landscape and design and the roles they play in successful site analysis and subsequent construction. 
6/26/18
This is an urban planning skills building course that can be counted toward the group process professional competency area in the MUP curriculum. It introduces students to literature, case studies, and applied exercises focusing on planning skills relevant to negotiations, public participation, and community organizing.