Scott Ruff

Visiting Associate Professor, Pratt Institute / Founding Principal, RuffWorks Studio

"Playing in the Dark: Working in Black Space"

Join us on Feb. 5, as Scott Ruff, professor of architecture at the Pratt Institute and principal of RuffWorks Studio, presents "Playing in the Dark: Working in Black Space." 

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020
6 - 7:30 pm
Hayes Hall 403, UB South Campus

Scott Ruff kicks off our spring 2020 lecture series with a discussion of his teaching through culture and architecture. He will cover his vast experiences in the field, from the teaching of core studios to funded specialty studios, to community engagement work and designing and building in New Orleans, LA., Charleston, SC, and New York, NY. A series of architectural works will be presented in terms of why those places figure within a larger discourse of African American culture, as well as the what, how and for whom the work is made. 

AIA continuing education credits pending 


Scott Ruff

Scott Ruff is currently a visiting associate professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute and Visiting Faculty at New York Institute of Technology. Born in Buffalo, NY, Ruff received his first professional Bachelors of Architecture degree and Masters of Architecture II from Cornell University. He has taught at Tulane University, Syracuse University and Hampton University as an assistant professor, and at the University at Buffalo and Cornell University as a lecturer.

Scott Ruff is the principal of RuffWorks Studio, a research and design studio specializing in culturally informed projects and community engagement. He has served on the Arts Council of New Orleans as Chair of the Percent for Art Committee and has been the Director of Membership for NOMA Louisiana. Ruff has served as a visiting critic at Cornell University, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, University of Cincinnati, University of Michigan, University of Virginia and many other colleges across the country.