Students gain critical experience through annual ceramics facade workshop

Published December 14, 2018

The Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop convenes designers and engineers with faculty and students in Buffalo every year to explore the use of terra cotta in high-performance facade design.

The collaborative R&D effort launched in 2016 under the leadership of Boston Valley Terra Cotta and the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning with support from UB’s Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies Community of Excellence.

Companies come into the workshop with actual commissions in the first stages of development. Projects advance throughout the year in collaboration with experts at Boston Valley, UB and the nearby Alfred University College of Ceramics. The research culminates every August with a “maker faire” at UB, where students troubleshoot design, fabricate components and assemble full-scale prototypes.