50+ Alumni Exhibition

The 50+ Alumni Exhibition is on view in the Hayes Hall Atrium Gallery from April 6 - September 5, 2022. Photo by KC Kratt.

The 50+ Alumni Exhibition is on view in the Hayes Hall Atrium Gallery from April 6 - September 5, 2022. 

The 50+ Alumni Exhibition celebrates innovations in practice led by graduates of the School of Architecture and Planning, in honor of our 50th anniversary. 

Drawing from submissions by alumni across our programs, the exhibition features 50 images, from 50+ alumni, over the past 50 years. From bold, unbuilt ideas to constructed projects, from temporary installations to sweeping urban plans, from quiet acts of service to provocations in practice, the alumni works featured in the exhibition reveal how we’re pushing the “plus” toward new modes of practice and avenues of impact across the built environment professions.

Mounted in the Hayes Hall Atrium Gallery in two 5x5 grids, each image can be viewed as a personal story of creative drive, professional excellence, and dedication to community. Taken together, they reveal a powerful story of collective impact, mobilized by a shared ambition to see and build a better world. The online gallery below features our 50+ featured alumni as well as additional works submitted by our graduates. 

We invite you to experience the spirit of the School of Architecture and Planning through these 50+ alumni, as representatives of our more than 6,300 graduates at work around the globe. May you find inspiration in the bold ideas exhibited here as we look ahead toward our next 50 years.

Since its launch at the 50+ Anniversary Celebration on April 5-6, 2022, the 50+ Alumni Exhibition has brought our community together in celebration of the bold ideas and creative drive of our alumni. Photos by KC Kratt 

See the exhibition in Hayes Hall

April 6 - September 5, 2022
Hayes Hall Atrium Gallery
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY
UB South Campus

Gallery hours: M - F, 8:30 pm - 5 pm

Exhibition Credits

Curated by Gregory Delaney, Joyce Hwang with fabrication by Wade Georgi, Daniel Vrana, Lindsay Romano and Christopher Saeli. Special thanks to Abasco Inc. for fabrication assistance and material donation. 

Exhibited alumni work

  • Casa Santa Oranna
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Ave Maria University, Ave Maria Oratory
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Understanding Paul Rudolph
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • New York Changing, Revisiting Berenice Abbott's New York
    12/1/18

    New York Changingrevisits the sites of 100 photographs taken by Bernice Abbott, who in 1935 set out to document New York’s transformation from a nineteenth-century city to a modern metropolis. Douglas Levere meticulously duplicates her compositions with exacting detail; each shot is taken at the same time of day, at the same time of year, and with the same type of camera.

  • BLDG BLKS
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Shiyala Primary School
    12/1/18
    Just 10 years after they were originally built, the modest classroom blocks that made up the Shiyala Primary School in Zambia, stood derelict. Despite the village’s local workforce, skilled in both earth-brick production and masonry work, both structures suffered from under-engineering, poor maintenance and lack of financial support. With a minimal budget, the existing structures are converted into a colorful primary school using inventive construction techniques that make the most of locally sourced and lowcarbon materials.
  • Right of Blood, Left of the Earth
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Explorations in color, material, and patterning
    12/1/18
    These projects explore color, material and patterning. They are commissioned art installations for events and galleries. The projects are designed digitally using Rhino 3D and Grasshopper software, then fabricated by hand. The materials explore both soft and hard materials, focusing on lightness and temporality. Many are common off-theshelf materials. The bright colors work together to shift and change based on views and perspectives in each project, hoping to engage viewers to move around and interact with the installations. Finally, patterns are explored by repeating forms and shapes across the designs. The aggregation of many small parts is often inspired by patterns found in nature.
  • CantenAIRies
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Various
    12/1/18
    A composite of various projects by Ryan Glick, consisting of buildings, competitions, thesis, academic and experimental projects that aim to test a wide range of typologies, concepts and skillsets. The diversity in project typologies, scales and complexities allows for investigations into various design ideas, many dating back to the foundational skills acquired during his tenure at the University at Buffalo.
  • Into the Void
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Cricket Shelter and Farm
    12/1/18

    Our project aims to maximize access to nutrient resources and to deal with and support local communities in anticipation of post-disaster scenarios

  • The Restoration of Grand Central Terminal
    12/1/18

    Considered the Holy Grail of the preservation movement, the centerpiece of the Grand Central Restoration was the year-long restoration of the vaulted sky-ceiling, shown in this image of the Main Concourse with Sky Ceiling.

  • All Hands And Hearts
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Weak House
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Cryptomorph_F V-1/2/3
    12/1/18
    Cryptomorph_F V-1/2/3 consists of variants in a parametrically designed family of tectonic objects. These volumetric surfaces and their fused arrays of hexagonal involutions become prototypes that can be developed into entities that sense through filaments, influence airflow/atmosphere through form and topology, and invite multispecies inhabitation into their thick, articulated envelopes. Cryptomorphs are dense, compacted objects of ecological infrastructure that spawn expansive, tectonic landscapes of logistics that may be populated by flora, fauna and electronic forms of synthetic life.
  • Al Shaheed Park, The Habitat Museum
    12/1/18

    The Habitat Museum displays the richness and diversity of the natural habitats of Kuwait through a large number of interactive programs and scenographic recreations.

  • Capricorn 2050
    12/1/18

    Project Capricorn was a planning and design project designed to provide a homeostatic living/working environment for 250,000 people in the Australian desert.

  • Procedural Tectonics
    12/1/18
    Like gravity of matter itself, the tools we use have deeply formative effects on the things we make. Because these tools are almost always inherited, we tend to see the choices we make with them, rather than the choice to use them at all, as critical. And yet, using 3D modeling software is far from a neutral act. Digital tools come freighted with the poetics and problematics of our contemporary, statistically-driven moment. They hold within the logical structure of their procedure a deep truth of our epoch; everything is possible at once and it is our choices, not material limits, that are operative. This project explores a language of architectural expression predicated on the processes of digital modeling. It seeks to express the cultural and conceptual value of the digital tools we use to design.
  • Wetland
    12/1/18

    The project is located near Hong Kong and will operate as a private event space/museum. The design aims to merge both land, water, and building in order to create a dialogue with nature. It is currently ongoing.

  • The Revolution Will Be Shared: Rebuilding the Urban Commons
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Project 2XmT
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • The Vessel at Hudson Yards
    12/1/18

    On a crisp fall afternoon in New York City, one of the last 'Dogbones' is gently maneuvered via a tower crane. Iron workers are ready nearby to guide the piece into the final position and lock it into place using bolts. November 2017.

  • Philadelphia Integrated Planning and Zoning Process
    12/1/18
    The Philadelphia Integrated Planning and Zoning Process began in 2010 as a multiyear effort to update and modernize the city’s comprehensive plan and zoning code. It consisted of three interrelated components: 1) to prepare the Philadelphia2035 Comprehensive Plan, consisting of a Citywide Vision and 18 individual District Plans; 2) to rewrite the Philadelphia Zoning Code and remap the city based on adopted District Plans, and; 3) to create a Citizens’ Planning Institute for educating residents about planning principles and issues, and to serve as the agency’s civic engagement arm.
  • Seeds Cottage
    12/1/18
    Seeds Cottage is an exercise in joining a love of detail with a broader connection to nature. Designed in collaboration with an industrial designer and an artist, the Cottage seamlessly connects its inhabitants with surrounding landscape and the distant views of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Inspired by Eichler, the cottage’s steel structural elements and thermally broken steel framed windows open the house outward; interior walls clad with reclaimed old growth redwood create a warm and embracing environment. Board-formed colored concrete anchors the Cottage to its site.
  • Night and Day—Berlin and New York Projects, Objects and Subjects
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Empty Sky: New Jersey's September 11th Memorial
    12/1/18

    The Empty Sky Memorial commemorates the 749 people from the State of New Jersey who were killed during the September 11th attacks. Twin walls transect a gently sloped mound anchored by a granite path that is directed toward Ground Zero.

  • Rewrite the Past to Project the Future
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Smithsonian Institution Charles McC. Mathias Environmental Research Laboratory
    12/1/18

    The Charles McC. Mathias Laboratory, completed in 2015, is the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's (SERC) principal environmental and research facility. Situatedon a 2,650-acre campus, SERC employs 180 scientists primarily focused on coastal ecology studying man's impacts on the fragile land-sea interface. The lab was designed accordingly as a "living laboratory" as an integrated, living part of the environment,not a structure sitting upon it.

  • Palazzo Lombardia
    12/1/18
    A tower, weaving strands of linear mid-rise office space, and interconnected public spaces comprise this highly sustainable headquarters complex in Milan, named Best Tall Building Europe by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The complex provides office and support spaces for the Lombardy government, with outdoor gathering places intended to enhance public life and stimulate regeneration of the district. In scale and materiality, the podium relates to the surrounding neighborhood, while the 160-meter-tall tower addresses nearby Pirelli Tower, the government’s former headquarters.
  • Re-Envisioning the Elevated: Four Stations on the Astoria Line
    12/1/18
    Above-ground stations, once the crossroads of neighborhood activity, were walled off from the communities below, beginning in the 1980s. The “Re-Envisioning the Elevated: Four Stations on the Astoria Line” project aimed to return this connection back to the community. Public spaces are now connected visually through elegant, yet simple designs that open each stations’ mezzanine and platform. Organizational strategies consolidate years of accumulated conduit clutter. Art panels serve as exterior walls, elevating public art to the scale of infrastructure and connecting community to transit.
  • Lafayette 148 Shantou, China
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Architecture + Education
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Fictive Kin
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Two Pink Shells
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Iron Grey Lake House
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • meadow BRIDGE woods
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Belmont Middle and High School
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • A Wedding on the Kansas Landscape
    12/1/18

    On an open field of brome grass adjacent to the childhood home of the bride we constructed this temporary chapel and reception hall (not pictured). The secular ceremony united the couple in the grace of nature.

  • Castel Sant' Angelo, pen on Bristol
    12/1/18
    Castel Sant’Angelo presents itself as a centric building, yet provides a labyrinth of ramps, stairs and courtyards that do not allow the center to be perceived. As the visitor is immersed inside, narrow winding spaces deny outward views and courtyards slowly reveal the surrounding city of Rome. It is a constant switch between self-awareness and confusion with certainty that one must travel upwards to reach the highest point and claim the best views. The on-site drawing tracks a single path from the lowest point to the highest occupiable courtyard, experienced as a continuous panoramic view. 
  • A Chair, Suspended
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • UnMade in China
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Eureka
    12/1/18
    The image contains photographs of small houses with big spaces in Eureka, Montana. Houses include: Covered Bridge House, Starliner House, Sapphire House, Terra Cabin, Sunstone Cabin, Sagebrush House.
  • Shoreline: Remembering a Waterfront Vision
    12/1/18
    This project is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. “Shoreline: Remembering a Waterfront Vision” looks into looks into the history of Buffalo’s Shoreline Apartments, a housing complex designed by architect Paul Rudolph. The project opened with an exhibition of drawings, photographs, documents and artworks, spanning from the original vision of the Buffalo Waterfront Development in the 1960s to the eventual destruction of Shoreline in recent years. The exhibition was on view at El Museo from October 4 to November 16, 2019.
  • A collage of projects by S+ ARCHITECTURE
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Basketball Hall of Fame
    12/1/18
    At the heart of the project is the Center Court Atrium, organized around a basketball court that will serve as a forum for clinics and special events. Visitors glimpse the atrium while ascending in glass elevators. The Honors Ring, the first museum experience in this procession, is suspended within the spherical volume. Surrounding second-floor galleries frame multiple views into the spherical atrium and Center Court.
  • The Farallon: A Tiny House Prototype on 26’ x 8.5’ Trailer
    12/1/18

    Air as both a subtle omnipresence and definitive energy, “CatenAIRies” pays homage to it by utilizing wind to create a fluid and ethereal spatial experience

  • Bit By Bit
    12/1/18

    Abstract and abstraction are two very different things. Both have a place in art and a significant impact on history. Abstraction has always been where you replace legible features with illegible features. This thesis does the opposite, by replacing legibility with specificity, making an oxymoron of sorts. By taking something as simple as an 8Bit arcade game character such as Megaman or Pacman, and turning its microsize and simplicity into something much more complex, something new here happens, a new representation is born.

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