From the Studio

students present designs and plans developed through the studio experience at UB's School of Architecture and Planning.

"From the Studio" is a window into the creative process behind design and planning inquiry at the School of Architecture and Planning. Explore the process of making and research, from the studio to the community, through the eyes of our faculty and students.

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The studio is the heart of our programs across architecture, urban planning and real estate development. Here ideas and concepts evolve into full-scale models and plans. It is a sacred space for designers and planners, where students learn to think through making, where data and research are assembled into blueprints for communities, and where students and faculty engage in a collaborative and iterative creative process. At the School of Architecture and Planning, the studio space takes on all forms - our formal studios throughout Hayes and Crosby Halls, the Fabrication Workshop in Parker Hall, our open critique spaces in Hayes Hall, the quads of UB's South Campus, the neighborhoods and buildings of Buffalo, and communities around the world.


With the project in its early stages, UB architecture and urban design students were able to offer their own ideas for redeveloping the mall in Clarence.


Through introspective design exercises, sophomore students are exploring fragments of their architectural past, those typically omitted in the portfolios that highlight only their finished work. 


This spring, 74 students in junior studio are thinking about how climate change is impacting the world today while they examine the laufmaschine, a precursor to the bike from the early 19th century.

One architecture student’s efforts to find a community use for his class project has helped establish a class-wide venture that will place 10 student-built works in urban gardens across Buffalo.

What  futures  might  we  imagine  for  the  workplace?  This  question  drove  the  research  of the  Situated  Technologies  Graduate  Design  Studio, taught by Mark Shepard, associate professor of architecture and media study at UB.


The spring weather has arrived and the freshmen architecture students are taking advantage of this opportunity to work together and install their projects at ArtPark.


At the beginning of the year these young architecture students approached the workshop timidly, with little to no experience in working with their hands. Now they move through the shop with confidence and demonstrait a strong understanding of the tools and how to uses them precisely and safely.


Ritual Space and the freshmen architecture studios were the highlight for freshmen architecture students and faculty from Carnegie Mellon University during their tour of Buffalo.  


A new online interface for the school's journal of student work documents the creative evolution of projects over the course of the year. The blog was developed by Randy Fernando, the 2017-18 Brunkow Fellow and editor of Intersight 20. 


Ritual Space is a freshman architecture project that embraces the comprehensive studio model. Over the course of one year students learn to design and construct small wood joints that lead to full scale structural systems.

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