Building Minds

Building Minds.

"Building Minds": A still from the film, of the School of Architecture and Planning's studio spaces in Crosby Hall.

The locus of architecture and planning education—the studio—encourages playful learning, creative problem solving, and engaged collaboration, preparing students for the global challenges that lay ahead. Alongside motivated faculty, Buffalo's students work in newly renovated historic buildings, including Crosby, Hayes, and Parker Halls. Hayes Hall in particular serves as a metaphor for learning—embracing both tradition and innovation, while integrating knowledge, skills, and methods from a variety of domains.

In a spring  2018 Material Culture Graduate Research Group Design Studio, titled “Cages,” students were given the opportunity to study architecture through material exploration and manipulation—specifically, through wooden cages.
An experiment composed of an empty room and factory seconds of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers conducted by UB architecture students may result in new national standards for acoustic design within restaurants. 

Students in Jin Young Song’s fall studio spent the semester creating designs for a new UB Police headquarters that would foster good relations with students and the larger campus community.


A colorful set of wooden cubes and cases is playing a foundational role in activating the Hayes Hall atrium gallery as a dynamic space for public events, exhibitions and even play.


A University at Buffalo architecture studio conceived as a response to a century-old design competition on the urban grid has garnered its own national attention as a winner of Architect Magazine’s inaugural Studio Prize for excellence in studio curricula. 


Students are playing a central role in development of the school's Time Space Existence exhibit in Venice during the 2018 Architecture Biennale. Read more about the students and their work.