Fabrication Workshop

Overview of the Fabrication Workshop with students working on projects.
UB has the best facilities for hands-on study, paired with instruction on digital resources and research possibilities.

- Julia Hunt, Architecture BS ‘17

As one of the premier fabrication facilities in the Western New York region, the Fabrication Workshop is the hub of our learning-through-making curriculum. Equipped for fabrication of all types, the shop serves both as a space to execute coursework and as a think-tank and makerspace for collaborative research with architectural practice and industry.

Full-scale maker space

The shop has room to assemble full height walls.
Our shop is central to student learning, especially a holistic, integrated approach to design.

- Nicholas Rajkovich, PhD, assistant professor of architecture

The Fabrication Workshop is a fully equipped facility occupying 7,000 square feet of high-bay space in Parker Hall on UB’s South Campus. Roughly broken into three distinct areas, the Fabrication Workshop houses the Shop for woodworking, metalworking, and assembly, and the digital FabLab, providing versatility to work across multiple scales from model and component building to full-scale prototyping and installations.

Workshop Hours

Location: Parker Hall

New Hours for Spring 2021

Sunday 12Noon -5pm
Monday 9am - 7pm
Tuesday 9am – 7pm
Wednesday 9am - 7pm
Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am -5pm
Saturday CLOSED

*The Fabrication Workshop will close from 12pm – 2pm on Tuesday and Thursday for Structures I.

Phone: (716) 829-3510

Email: ap-shop@buffalo.edu

Equipped for any project

The shop has a large inventory of standard tools, including welding equipment.
If we don’t have a tool you need, we’ll find a place to get it. If the tool you need doesn’t exist, we’ll find a way to make it.

- Lindsay Romano, Director of Fabrication

Rooted in a culture of making, the Fabrication Workshop is dedicated to providing equipment for material research, model making, and fabrication through analog and digital processes, including CNC routing, laser cutting, 3D printing and a comprehensive selection of power tools. Students can also purchase materials and borrow basic hand tools from our store. 

We're here to help

Let's problem solve together
Lindsay Romano.

Lindsay Romano
Director of Fabrication

Wade Georgi.

Wade Georgi
Manager, Shop Services

Dan Vrana.

Daniel Vrana
Manager, Fabrication Services

Need help with a tool or project? Our staff are here 12 hours a day ready to lend a hand. Experimenting with fabrication processes in your design research? We'll discover new methods and tools together.

What we're making

'Thinking through making' is the pedagogical crux of our programs.

Korydon Smith, professor and chair of the department of architecture

Welded steel cages, CNC routed wooden enclosures and 3D printed ceramic molds are just some of the built works to emerge from our shop.

  • 12/1/18
    This vessel became a design muse and instrument for the studio, investigating many fundamental questions that pertain to the tectonics of architecture—space and geometry, structure and skin, form and function, as well as material and construction.
  • 6/1/18
    Ritual Space is a collection of ten structures, each designed and constructed by studio teams in first-year design studio. Finding its beginnings in the development of an interlocking joint system, students adapted this tectonic item into an evocative, spatial proposal.
  • 6/1/18
    The research conducted in Logging investigates latent material possibilities within the medium of wood, by investigating material origins and the ethics of material consumption – two societal conditions that humans have increasingly become disconnected from.
  • 6/1/18
    The work in Cages explores the qualities of material boundaries and enclosing conditions that relate structure and skin, establishing critical connections between the natural and the artificial in the material experience.
  • 11/27/17
    At a time of sociopolitical unrest, citizens are involved in demonstrations with increasingly spatial qualities, harnessing a legitimized right to the city. The Origam[we] shield system, delivered in the form of appropriable DIY manuals, challenges institutional reproductions of power in political, professional, and pedagogical approaches to the design and construction of our environments.
  • 11/27/17
    By crystallization of sugar molecules bonding to the fibers of the bagasse, this pulp mixture, when lifted in the air, creates a solidified thin-shell structure. A spatial condition in which light penetrates through the thin paper shell thus creating a harmonious lighting effect that is only experienced from the interior.  
  • 11/25/17
    Black walnut has high strength when bent, and can easily be manipulated without saturation. Students investigate various species of wood to identify a workable balance of flexibility and strength. Layers, cut into 1/8" thickness, are laminated to create the spine and ribs of the boat form under development. 
  • 10/4/17
    This explores one of the many form-making strategies to produce a light, thin shell structure. Fabric is held in a delicate balance of tension and compression forces, stretching out to create a field condition rather than a solitary object in space. The soft fabric essentially floats above the ground, just barely suspended in place.
  • 7/18/17
    A boat is a vessel for transport by water - constructed to provide buoyancy by excluding water and shaped to give stability and permit propulsion. Throughout history boats have been instrumental in the development of civilization, affording humanity greater mobility than travel over land, whether for trade, transport, warfare, and the capacity for fishing. 
  • 7/18/17
    Sustainable Futures is a ten week course open to graduate students in architecture, landscape architecture and planning programs, and also by arrangement to students entering their fourth or fifth year of related programs. 
  • 7/18/17
    The slab (a beam stretched thin) is perhaps the most ubiquitous and yet under-appreciated of all structural elements. They are present in virtually all of our buildings as they form the floors upon which we walk and the ceilings and roofs just above our heads.
  • 7/18/17
    Architecture is an art because it is interested not only in the original need of shelter but also in putting together spaces and materials in a meaningful manner. This occurs through formal and actual joints. The joint, that is the fertile detail, is the place where both the construction and the construing of architecture take place.
    -Marco Frascari
Timelapse video of student project - for junior studio - evolving from fabrication to assembly in the Fabrication Wrkshop and then activation in the community.

The spring 2019 junior architecture studio invited students to think about how climate change is impacting the world today. As part of the studio, students designed their own laufmaschine, a precursor to the bike from the early 19th century. Watch the evolution of one student team’s project, “Gazelle,” from fabrication in the shop to its run in the studio-wide relay race in Cleveland.

Research for the Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop, sponsored by Boston Valley Terra Cotta, culminates every August with a “maker faire” in UB's Fabrication Workshop and SMART Fabrication Factory. Students troubleshoot design, fabricate components and assemble full-scale prototypes.

Research for the Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop, sponsored by Boston Valley Terra Cotta, culminates every August with a “maker faire” in UB's Fabrication Workshop and SMART Fabrication Factory. Students troubleshoot design, fabricate components and assemble full-scale prototypes.