Media Mentions

WIVB-TV’s Wake-Up morning show broadcast live from UB’s GRoW Home on South Campus throughout the morning Wednesday. Segments featured live interviews with Martha Bohm, assistant professor of architecture; Ken MacKay, clinical associate professor of architecture; and UB architecture graduate Chris Osterhoudt. A shorter segment aired during Channel 4’s noon newscast.
An article in the Financial Times features the work of UB architecture professor Joyce Hwang in its review of "Pet-tecture: Design for Pets," published by Phaidon. On Hwang's "Bat Tower," the article states: "Aiming to raise awareness of the importance of bats to our ecosystem, this bold and striking structure resembles a gargantuan sleeping bat." (The article is viewable only by subscribers).
A story on Spectrum News interviews Robert Shibley, dean of the UB School of Architecture and Planning, about Buffalo’s legendary architecture, which is featured in a 15-minute short documentary, “See It Through Buffalo,” that is being shown in Venice, Italy, at the Time, Space and Existence Exhibit. The article notes that the film highlights Buffalo as a city-wide classroom for UB architectural students. "We live in a city of really good bones. Bones given to us by Frederick Law Olmsted. Bones given to us by Joseph Ellicott when he gave us the radial street plan,” he said, adding that the school is building on the momentum from the international exposure and plan to release a book about the school’s partnership with the city.
An article in Popular Science about climate change and the dangers posed by the rise in extreme precipitation events that experts predict will only get worse interviews Nicholas Rajkovich, assistant professor of architecture, who discussed a storm that rolled through Buffalo on Aug. 8, dropping 1.5 inches of rain in just 30 minutes. The event fell somewhere between a 25-year and 50-year precipitation event, he said, meaning that the likelihood of rainfall like what he experienced occurring in 24-hour period in any given year was between roughly 2 and 4 percent. “There’s a lot of negative consequences to heavy, heavy rainfall,” Rajkovich said. “If it was more rainfall spread out evenly over the course of the year, that might not be so bad. But that’s not what we’re seeing.”
A story on WIVB-TV reports on a short documentary directed by Gregory Delaney, clinical assistant professor of architecture, that showcases Buffalo’s architecture and is now being shown in Venice, Italy, and looks at how the UB School of Architecture and Planning has been shaped by the city it resides in. "What we're doing is taking Buffalo to Venice, and inviting people to experience the city, and begin to understand a bit of the complexity of Buffalo," he said. "One woman I recall, she actually stayed in the room 45 minutes, watched it three times all the way through, and knew nothing about Buffalo and was really just taken with the images of the city and had an interest in the sites captured. It's been a really rewarding experience."
An article on Archinect News reports on a new documentary at the Venice Architecture Biennale that showcases how students in the UB School of Architecture and Planning are learning from and rebuilding the City of Buffalo. The article notes that UB students and faculty are becoming an integral part of Buffalo’s renaissance, whether working with local refugee entrepreneurs or revitalizing local fabrication and industry, with students using the city itself as a laboratory, deeply embedding themselves in the community and the challenges it faces. The article includes a short video that was shown at the exhibition. The article also appeared on
An article on Railway Technology looks at whether free public transit makes sense economically and interviews Daniel Hess, associate professor of urban and regional planning in the UB School of Architecture and Planning. “Although it would be valuable for transport managers in other cities to learn about this experience,” he said, “the Tallinn fare-free public transport program provides scant transferable evidence about how such a program can operate outside of a politicized context, which was crucial to its implementation in Estonia.”
An article on Canada’s National Post reports on Sky House on Stoney Lake, a holiday house in Ontario designed by Julia Jamrozik, assistant professor of architecture, and Coryn Kempster, adjunct assistant professor of architecture, both in the UB School of Architecture and Planning. “The quality of the daylight in the upper volume is beautiful; it’s an indoor space that really feels like the outdoors,” Jamrozik said. “And the fact that we were able to embed these playful moments into the design also makes it a success; these things make the experience of the house memorable and fun for this family.” Articles also appeared in the news outlets that include the Windsor Star, Regina Leader-Post and Ottawa Citizen.
An article on Thrillist, an online travel and entertainment news outlet, about why the best time to visit an Olympic city is after the Games are over interviews Robert Shibley, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning and an expert in urban revitalization. “If you use the Games to do what your already existing regional and architectural plans call for, then you’re using the games as a catalyst to really make your city better,” he said.
An article on Energy News Network features the research of Nicholas Rajkovich, assistant professor of architecture in the UB School of Architecture and Planning, who used a bicycle-based mobile weather station to identify multiple urban heat islands in Cleveland – literal hot spots within the city where temperatures can be several degrees warmer than surrounding areas – to help inform officials about how the city and county can make sure its people and infrastructure are prepared for climate change. The article includes a video produced by UB about his research.