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Welcome to the New Hayes Hall

Welcome to the New Hayes Hall

Dean Robert Shibley invites guests inside Hayes Hall after the Grand Reopening Ceremony on Sept. 23, 2016. Photo by Douglas Levere

by Rachel Teaman

Reactions from the crowd

We are pleased to share the following recap fo the Hayes Hall Grand Reopening Celebration, a momentous event for the university at Buffalo, the School fo Architecture and Planning, and the communities we serve. Thank you to all those who participated from near and far. 

Reactions from the crowd

Micaela Barker, MArch/MUP '17

Spectacular, magni cent, glorious, remarkable. The adjectives and superlatives for Hayes Hall owed freely — and o en — at the reopening celebration as members of the UB and surrounding community reacted to the fully renewed historic landmark. Here’s a selection of what we heard:

Micaela Barker (MArch/MUP ‘17) called upon her fellow students with the following ‘assignment’: 

“Fill the building with your hard work and keep it filled. Celebrate your work often, together,and invite the outside world to see it...Do not be afraid to take an active role in how this buildng's culture is defined over the next year."

I have a strong feeling that a school of architecture and planning should be located in a well- designed building. It should be inspirational to students, and this is,” says David Crowther (MArch ‘16).

Stephanie Johnston (MArch ‘85, BPS ‘83), a sole practitioner in Long Island:

...“I almost feel like we have a brand new building hidden in the shell of the old building, and I love them both."

Randy Asher (BS ‘95), a member of the school’s Dean’s Council who has worked in New York City schools for over 20 years: “I know I’ll tell my students this is better than anything else out there.” Noting the writable and pin-up ready walls, he added:

...“There's an elegance in its simplicty...they designed it to encourage students to draw as they think."

Stephanie Hiller (MArch ‘04, Architecture BS ‘02), of the State University Construction

Fund, pictured, left, with Kelly Hayes-McAlonie, director of UB’s Capital Planning Group, provided project leadership throughout the ve-year renovation. Says Hiller, associate project coordinator with SUCF: 

“I stood in Hayes Hall when it was just stone. It was amazing to see how it was built, to see the guts of the building from the inside...Everyone who worked on this project felt connected to preserving as much of its history as they could." 

Leaving Our Mark

To capture the spirit and sentiment of the Hayes Hall reopening events, we curated our writable walls as a building-wide “guest book.” Guests were invited to leave their mark — to re ect, draw, write, and participate in the making of our space in Hayes Hall. What we got in return was inspirational. 

From the podium

City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown

“Today is a great day for UB and a great day for the City of Buffalo."

President Satish K. Tripathi, who joked that he wished his office was located in Hayes Hall

“As a leading 21st-century public reserach university, we have imagined our future, planned for it and, working togetehr, we are buildin it. While we restored Hayes Hall to its grandeur, it is also now a 21st-century learning environment for our architecture and planning students and faculty.”

Hayes Hall Restored, Renewed, Reimagined

The day in photos

Banners unfurled, Hayes Hall gleams in the sunlight on Sept. 23, 2016. Its successful nomination to the National Register of Historic Places recognizes this latest restoration and the architectural evolution of the 19th century landmark, originally constructed as the Department of the Insane for the Erie County Almshouse. Preservation highlights include a fully repointed limestone exterior, the reinstatement of 40 altered or bricked-in windows, and the restoration of the tower clock’s mechanisms.

Guests explore student work in Hayes Hall’s fourth floor studios. Formerly closed off, the skylit studios are today some of the building’s most sought-a er spaces. Photo by Douglas Levere

Members of the university and surrounding community come together in the Hayes Hall entry Gallery, now a signature public exhibit and event space. Faculty and student work are on constant display through the Gallery’s full-wall digital projection system. Photo by Douglas Levere 

Fully animated for the reopening, Hayes Hall’s exhibit-ready walls were designed as a canvas for faculty and student work. The transformation of the building’s notoriously dark corridors to dynamic, daylit spaces also re ects the renovation’s successful use of daylighting, a key factor in Hayes Hall’s LEED Gold Certi cation. Photo by Joe Cascio

Missed the reopening? Watch the Facebook Live tour of Hayes Hall with Dean Shibley and Valerie Christanson, project lead for renovation architect Bergmann Associates: http://y2u.be/Q7YkrzHKfWo

MORE PHOTOS AT: ap.buffalo.edu/HayesHall2016

After the ribbon-cutting and tours, participants led into the auditorium of Hayes Hall to explore the legacy of the ‘School of Architecture and Environmental Design,’ formed out of the tumult of the late 1960s to approach design in relationship to broad societal dynamics. With alumni from across the eras, we considered the trajectory of the school’s pedagogy and work on questions of persistent relevance to our disciplines — from expanding modes of practice to planning for equity and social justice to research in education and practice.

— Listen to the conversations at ap.buffalo.edu/hayeshall2016 Community conversation — the next 50 years

Alumni, faculty and students gathered to consider the role of our school in relationship to pressing challenges facing our region, nation and planet — from climate change and social justice to material innovation. We discussed opportunities to engage with alumni and diverse public audiences to drive change. This was the start of a conversation that will continue over three years as we mark a series of 50th anniversaries: the founding of our school by the State University of New York (1967), the hiring of the school’s rst dean and faculty (1968), and the convening of its rst class of students (1969). We’ll be looking to you — our colleagues, former students, and partners in the community and professions — to help us shape and mobilize a new agenda for the School of Architecture and Planning.

— Share your thoughts at ap-externalaffairs@buffalo.edu 

Looking forward, looking back

After the ribbon-cutting and tours, participants led into the auditorium of Hayes Hall to explore the legacy of the ‘School of Architecture and Environmental Design,’ formed out of the tumult of the late 1960s to approach design in relationship to broad societal dynamics. With alumni from across the eras, we considered the trajectory of the school’s pedagogy and work on questions of persistent relevance to our disciplines — from expanding modes of practice to planning for equity and social justice to research in education and practice.

— Listen to the conversations at ap.buffalo.edu/hayeshall2016 

Community conversation — the next 50 years

Alumni, faculty and students gathered to consider the role of our school in relationship to pressing challenges facing our region, nation and planet — from climate change and social justice to material innovation. We discussed opportunities to engage with alumni and diverse public audiences to drive change. This was the start of a conversation that will continue over three years as we mark a series of 50th anniversaries: the founding of our school by the State University of New York (1967), the hiring of the school’s rst dean and faculty (1968), and the convening of its rst class of students (1969). We’ll be looking to you — our colleagues, former students, and partners in the community and professions — to help us shape and mobilize a new agenda for the School of Architecture and Planning.

— Share your thoughts at ap-externalaffairs@buffalo.edu 

Samina Raja (second from right), associate professor of urban planning, leads a panel discussion on ‘Designing and Planning for Equity,’ one of six symposium sessions exploring questions of persistent relevance to our professions. Photo by Joe Cascio 

The breakout session on ‘A Culture of Making’ addressed the school’s design/ build ethos and its generation of contemporary innovations in material behavior and performance. Photo by Joe Cascio 

Bradshaw Hovey, research professor of urban planning, documents the conversation during the reopening’s community forum. Hovey is also writing a book on the 50-year history of the school. Share your memories, photos and materials with him at bhovey@buffalo.edu Photo by Alex Becker 

The Harold L. Cohen Reading Room acknowledges the generous support of the school’s former dean (1974-84). Dean Cohen helped complete the school’s move into Hayes Hall in 1977, founded the Friends of the School of Architecture and Planning and led recruitment e orts that nearly doubled the school’s faculty and sta . Additional donors to the Reading Room are Ruth Bryant and Earl Lynch, Molly and David Quackenbush, and Dean Robert Shibley and Lynda Schneekloth. Photo by Joe Cascio

Thank you for your support

The five-year renovation of Hayes Hall was a monumental and milestone e ort for the university, school and community. From generous donations from alumni and friends to gi s and in-kind support from organizations in the community, a broad base of individuals and organizations have provided critical support to make possible the transformative renewal of Hayes Hall. In all, more than 250 donors have generously contributed to the renovation and t-out of Hayes Hall. Major capital donors have been honored with named spaces throughout the building. All donors are listed on our donor wall on the fourth oor outside of our grand lecture hall. 

Professor Henry Taylor in his Hayes Hall office. Photo by Douglas Levere 

 

Major capital donors (providing gifts, pledges or in-kind support of $10,000 or more)

Architectural Resources Boston Valley Terra Cotta Mr. Marc E. Bru ett, BA `92 Edward H. Butler Foundation Ms. Lori Duckstein

Dr. Beverly Foit Albert-Cox, MArch ’75 + Mr. Joseph D. Cox, MA ’96

Mrs. Diane T. Georgopulos, BA ‘73
Mr. Frank C. Gramieri, BPS `83
Mr. Peter M. Hourihan, MArch ’71 + Mrs. Judith E. Hourihan Hyatt’s — All Things Creative
Mr. Gary J. Jastrzab, BA ’76, BA `76 + Mrs. Wendy Jastrzab Louis P. Ciminelli Family Foundation
Mr. Alexander S. Morris, MArch ’94, BPS ’91
Mr. Mark W. Nusbaum, MArch ’85, BPS ’83
Mr. David S. Quackenbush + Mrs. Molly L. Quackenbush Rigidized Metals Corporation
Mr. Robert G. Shibley + Mrs. Lynda H. Schneekloth

Add your name to the Hayes Hall donor wall
Contact Robert Hill at rrhill2@buffalo.edu or 716-829-3973 







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