The Banham Fellowship in the Department of Architecture is intended to support design work that situates architecture within the general field of socio-cultural and material critique.
The fellowship honors the legacy of Peter Reyner Banham, who taught at UB from 1976-80 and produced a foundational body of scholarship on material/visual culture as a reflection of contemporary social life. Banham spent his time in Buffalo engaged in a scholarly project on the imaginary of American industrial architecture at work in early modernism that took the form of historical research, hands-on engagement and seminar instruction, resulting in his landmark work, A Concrete Atlantis.
In celebration of Banham's legacy of experimental criticism, this fellowship supports the research and creative activity of emerging practitioners. Over the course of a year, fellows teach, deliver a public lecture and prepare an exhibition culminating from their research and creative work at the school.
2019-20 Banham Fellow Emily Kutil's research investigates the intertwined social structures, physical structures, and power structures that shape our world. She makes drawings, publications, installations, models, and other story-machines, often using collective, interdisciplinary processes. As the 2019-2020 Reyner Banham Fellow, she’ll focus on the history and future of water, land, power, and life in the Great Lakes Watershed.
Emily Kutil is an architectural designer, educator, and researcher. Emily is a founding member of We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective, an interdisciplinary collaboration between community activists, academics, and designers mapping geographies of austerity in Detroit. She also coordinates Black Bottom Street View, an immersive representation of a historic Detroit neighborhood destroyed by urban renewal, which was awarded a Knight Arts Challenge Grant in 2016.
Previously, Emily taught design and visualization at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. She has exhibited her work in Detroit and Los Angeles, and has published articles in Scapegoat, Horizonte, and Dimensions. She has practiced at architecture firms in Detroit, LA, Ann Arbor and Vermont, and worked on an experimental water infrastructure project at Metabolic Studio in LA. Emily holds a BSArch from the University of Cincinnati, and a MArch with High Distinction and Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Michigan.