Conceptual and Material Limits

Conceptual and Material Limits.

"Conceptual and Material Limits": A still from the film, of the School of Architecture and Planning's Fabrication Workshop in Parker Hall.

It is imperative that architects and planners not only gain explicit knowledge, but also build tacit knowledge through hands-on trial and error. Propelling the work of the school are spaces of exploration and inspiration: a materials and methods shop for working with wood, metals, and ceramics; a digital fabrication lab for laser cutting, 3D printing, and CNC milling; and a cutting-edge Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART) factory for large-scale simulation and construction. These facilities enable faculty and students to test the limits of both materials and ideas.

Visions and Works

Freshman architecture students from the University at Buffalo are ready to unveil the wondrous wooden structures they created this semester, which will be on display at Artpark in Lewiston, New York.

An assortment of turn-of-the-century artifacts from the Larkin Company and its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed administrative building rest upon the craftsmanship of UB architecture students in “Wright’s Larkin,” an exhibition on industry and the Arts and Crafts Movement, now on view in UB’s Hayes Hall. 


A group of architecture students have turned material convention on its head by transforming mounds of paper waste into rigid columns, canopies and enclosures.


Joyce Hwang's new project -- a twisted tower designed to house bats at Griffis Sculpture Park -- is raising awareness about the animals and a fatal disease threatening their population in the Northeast.


MirrorMirror, an inventive, mirrored, street tent designed by architecture faculty members Geog Rafailidis and Stephanie Davidson, is returning to town this weekend for the echo Art Fair.