Published May 14, 2021
Charles Wingfelder, MArch,
Fred Wallace Brunkow Fellow (2020 - 2021), Editor
This year's edition of our student journal is a slice of work and conversations taken during a moment of dramatic change in how and where we learn and collaborate. The separation required during the COVID-19 pandemic meant that we had to mostly abandon our traditional methods and places of learning, and rapidly innovate the ways in which we collectively work.
The calendar year of 2020 was packed with historical significance, which made identifying the topic of Intersight 23 very difficult. We chose to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, as it was the force that most directly disrupted our patterns of life. However, we made this choice with the acknowledgment that other major movements of the year, including equity and racial justice, would be represented through the work and activism of our students and faculty.
Robert G. Shibley
Professor and Dean
Daniel B. Hess
Professor and Chair
Professor and Chair
"Working with a physical, malleable material, we could have all had our hands on these models, and I don't know if that would have produced something different."
- Haley Davis
"The global pandemic, if anything, reinforced the urgency for creative Affordable Housing options... So much so, that we brought up COVID-19 a number of times in the final presentation to reinforce the possibilities of Manufactured Housing implementation."
- David Kelly
"On the academic side and social side, somehow, even with COVID, college at UB has been everything I have wanted and looked forward to in high school, which is not what I was expecting, but I am very grateful for."
- Jo Ruth
“I appreciated the ability to work in a group that wasn’t over a zoom call. There’s nothing wrong with a zoom call, its incredibly useful in these times. But I think it’s the personal interaction that really drives this major."
- James Herlihy
“Honestly, doing a digital studio sounds ridiculous if you are coming out of a physical world, but I thought we did a pretty damn good job, getting work shared, getting feedback, even growing our inter-personal connections."
- John Mark Silbert
“Our final presentation to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, Norstar Development, Dr. Price and other key stakeholders... went off without a hitch despite having presenters located as far away as India working through power outages and a completely different time zone. In fact, Rakshanda Nagaraj’s presentation while residing in India was one of the highlights of the event.”
- Jay Schwartzkopf
"I think if we were in person we would have focused on quality more, where professors have you dive in one direction. But digitally we were allow to produce much more with no cost limitation.”
- Andrew Callard