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.
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.
The celebration continues! All are invited to join us for “Plus You,” a closing reception and networking event showcasing our 50+ Alumni Exhibition. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate the work of our alumni, and connect with the School community as we kick off a new year of exciting programs and events!
April 6 - September 5, 2022
Hayes Hall Atrium Gallery
3435 Main Street
UB South Campus
Gallery hours: M - F, 8:30 pm - 5 pm
“Bo Knows Training, Training Local Ebola Workers Contact Tracing and their Role in the Response in the Bo District of Sierra Leone, Africa” is submitted by Dean Seneca (BAED ‘90), CEO and founder of Seneca Scientific Solutions+, a public health and urban and regional planning group providing community development capacity-building for Tribal Nations, States, Regions, Cities and Territories. In 2015, Seneca secured support from the UK DEERF, to provide emergency assistance in response to the 2015 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Using public health intervention strategies informed by urban planning, Seneca trained 425 contract tracers, case investigators and supervisors in the Bo district of Sierra Leone in just three weeks. The effort involved the partnership of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Nations Population Fund, Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation and eHealth.
“Like a Phoenix Rising from the Ashes,” submitted by Peggy Jisa (MArch ’94, BPS ‘92), Architectural Project Manager, AP Architects. Credits: AP Architects (Architect); Carmina Wood & Morris (Civil Engineer); Labella (Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing); Studio T3 (Structural Engineer); KTA Preservation Specialists (SHPO Consultant); Ellicott Development Company (Owner); Best Self Behavioral Health, Kaleida Health, Park View Health Services (Clients)
“Net Zero Energy Star Residence,” submitted by Elaine Y. Chow (BPS ’98), Professional Development Coordinator, Department of Architecture, University at Buffalo. Credits: Elaine Chow, Michael Tunkey (BPS ’00)
“Creating Heaven on Earth, An Icon of True Faith in the Heartland of America, Holy Trinity, Green Orthodox Church, Carmel, Ind.,” was submitted by Christ J. Kamages (MArch ’72), principal of CJK Studio and lead architect behind 125 faith and community projects throughout the U.S. and North America. Kamages served on the faculty of the UB’s architecture program in the 1970s and was a member of its earliest research centers, the Buffalo Organization of Social and Technological Innovation and Building Science Inc. In 2015, he was elevated to the College of Fellows of the AIA. “Creating Heaven on Earth,” created 1,400 years after Hagia Sophia's completion, was developed as an original prototype of ecclesiastical design within the centrally oriented family of the Great Church of Hagia Sophia. Blending historical elements and ancient precepts with fresh design, key elements include the traditional dome, arches, vaults and exedras, which have existed since the 3rd century but have never been drawn or built in the Triad Configuration. The church’s Triad Cathedral Design has been a "crowning landmark" in metro Indianapolis and is part of the total master plan of the parish.
“Throwaway Tesserae,” submitted by Blake Kane (MArch ’18, BSArch ‘16), Architectural Designer, Mosaic Architects, is guided by the principles of reuse, reduce, rebuild. Credits: with Dashiell Chrisner, Cara Reinoehl, Daniel Naylor, Steve Lovelett, Cate Cribb, Jessica Nonnenman, Jacquelyn Baum
“New York Aquarium Restoration,” submitted by Brian Ravinsky Jr. (MArch/MUP ’17, BAED ‘13), Architectural Designer, di Domenico + Partners, reflects the restoration of the 14-acre New York Aquarium campus, damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, including a comprehensive flood mitigation strategy and interactive, immersive exhibit design. Credits: di Domenico + Partners (Architect); Wildlife Conservation Society (Client); Satchell Engineering &, Associates (Life Safety Systems Engineer); Lizardos Engineering (Mechanical/ Electrical/Plumbing Engineer); Langan Engineering (Civil/Environmental Engineer); Weidlinger Associates (Structural Engineer); Christensen Lighting (Exhibit Lighting Designer); Turner (General Contractor)
“Brookline Place Parking Garage,” submitted by Matthieu Bain (MArch ’12, BSArch ‘10), Project Architect, Elkus Manfredi Architects, is the first of three buildings forming Boston Children's Hospital's satellite campus in the Brookline Village. Credits: Elkus Manfredi Architects (Tim Talun, Project Manager), Boston Children's Hospital (Owner/Developer)
“Beloit College Powerhosue” is submitted by Maciej Kaczyński (BS Arch ’06), a designer at Studio Gang’s Chicago office. He led the firm's design team for the conversion of this decommissioned powerhouse - a space originally designed to house equipment, consume coal, and produce power - into a hub of student life and activity: a health, wellness, and fitness center dedicated to the college's student community. This photo was recently taken during construction, just before the powerhouse opened to the college's students. Image courtesy of Studio Gang
“Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments,” submitted by Jordana Maisel (MUP ’10), Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and Director of Research, IDEA Center, University at Buffalo, is the first comprehensive textbook on universal design, offering a comprehensive survey of best practices and innovative solution in universal design. It demonstrates the difference between universal design and accessibility and its relationship to sustainable design and active living. Credits: Steinfeld, E., & Maisel, J. L. (Wiley & Sons Inc., 2012). Photo Credit: IDEA Center
“#RainbowsOnAllen,” submitted by Seth Amman (MArch ’06, BS Arch ‘04), Principal, Arch&Type, is the winner of the Awesome Buffalo pitch and an enduring visual display of acceptance and inclusiveness in Allentown, long considered the center of Buffalo's LGBTQ+ community. The series of rainbow crosswalks, first painted during Buffalo’s Pride Week 2017, acknowledge that inclusivity and peace should never end and that Allentown provides a space for that conversation. Credits: Seth Amman, Awesome Foundation, Allentown Association, Pride Center of Western New York
“Path,” submitted by Vincent Ribeiro (BSArch ’13), Architect, Studio Armin, connects visitors to the site of the former Ozolini Farm encouraging visitors to be part of a community connected to nature and mental and spiritual well-being. Credits: Completed with Albert Chao (MArch/MFA ‘11), Alex Galante (BSArch ‘13) and Lisa Ramsburg
“Connecting the Community” represents projects led by six MUP graduates working for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, including James Morrell (MUP '88), Deputy Director Public Transportation; Darren Kempner (MUP '05), Manager Grants and Government Affairs; Robert Jones (MUP '08), Manager Service Planning; Gary Bennett (MUP '08), Business Development Manager; Rachel Maloney Joyner (MUP '09), Planning Project Manager; and Jeffery Amplement (MUP '15), Assistant Manager, Grants and Government Affairs. Projects: Niagara Street Complete Street and Black Rock Riverside Transit Hub; Linear Transit Hub; DL&W Terminal Station and Redevelopment; Metro Rail Expansion and the Comprehensive Transit Oriented Development Plan. Credits: All work completed on behalf of the NFTA, with partners including the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council, WSP, Sowinski Sullivan Architects and Bergmann.
“Jamestown, New York: A Guide to the City and Its Urban Landscape,” submitted by Peter Lombardi (BAED ’04), Director of Revitalization Planning, czbLLC, is a two-part guidebook that uses the built environment to tell the story of Chautauqua County's largest urban center, connecting Jamestown's past and present to the evolution of urban America. Credits: Published in 2014 by SUNY Press; cover art by Brenda Stynes
“City of Lights: Re-View our Waterfront,” submitted by Peter Foti (MArch ’14), BIM Manager, SWBR, is SWPR’s winning entry to the Buffalo Skyway Corridor Competition. The proposal removes a large section of the Skyway and transforms the remaining bridge into “SkyPark,” offering scenic views and recreational amenities. Credits: SWBR project team - Peter Foti, Bill Price, Don Naetzker, George Beinetti, Gianfranco Pietrantoni, Alli DiGiacomo, Kris Sambor, Chris Golden, Randy Sickler)
“DAR Pavillion Series,” submitted by Jared Passen (BS Arch ’15), architect, Pace Engineering, with Zakaria Boucetta (BS Arch ’15), founder, BoPA Architects, are permanent leisure installations on a farm in rural Morocco. The building uses indigenous “rammed earth” and “mud brick” construction methods to create an inexpensive but durable method of construction, allowing for both a local aesthetic and a simple means of building. With a global shortage of building materials, this method can be localized to any indigenous market for expanded access to reasonable means of construction. (Project Credits: BoPA Architects, Zakaria Boucetta Jared L. Passen)
“Tower280,” submitted by Jason Dobbs (MArch ’99, BPS ‘97), Vice President, Pardi Partnership Architects PC, is a live-work-play environment and adaptive reuse project designed to reshape and attract new life to downtown Rochester. Credits: Pardi Partnership Architects (Architect), Architectural Designer (Philip Michael Brown Studios), Buckingham Properties (Owner), Lefrois Builders and Developers (Contractor). Photo by John Solberg, Philip Michael Brown
“AMC En Route Feasibility Study,” submitted by Lucas Strittmatter (MUP ‘13), Senior Planner, Jacobs, guided the U.S. Air Force and Air Mobility Command in addressing the Kunsan Air Base (South Korea) and its degraded airfield infrastructure for the air base's freight and passenger terminals. Credit: Parsons
“Response to the Proposed January 1996 Master Plan for The Front (now Front Park),” submitted by Mark Kubiniec (BAED ’86), Managing Partner, Jackal Holdings LLC. Credits: Brad Wales, R.A., John Cromwell, Board President, Lower West Side Resources and Development Corporation
“300 Fifth Street-San Francisco,” submitted by Robert Collins (BPS ’84), Design Director, TCA Architects, is a 13-story residential building in San Francisco that offers a new solution to the housing affordability crisis through innovation in housing planning and technology a mass timber technique. According to Collins: “My first housing design project was for a small infill site as part of first year design studio in at UB in 1982. Housing has had its hooks in me ever since.” Credit: TCA Architects
“The Avant,” submitted by Robert Shepard (BPS ‘85), Design Partner, Stieglitz Snyder Architecture, is a competition-winning design for the adaptive re-use of an obsolete 15-story, 450,000-square-foot federal office building in downtown Buffalo. Credits: Stieglitz Snyder Architecture: David Stieglitz, Philip Snyder, Jeffrey Kloetzer, Delia Valdis; Wendel Duchscherer; IBC Engineering, P.C.; Environmental Design & Research
“Washington Heights, Manhattan Commercial District Needs Assessment (CDNA),” submitted by Madelaine Britt (BAED ‘17), Emerson National Hunger Fellow, District of Columbia Office of Planning, highlights the existing business landscape, consumer characteristics, physical environment, and unique character of a commercial corridor. Credits: New York City Department of Small Business Services (Neighborhood Planning Team), Community League of the Heights (CLOTH)
“University at Buffalo, HOTC Phase 3, One World Café,” submitted by Luke Johnson (MArch ’10, BSArch ‘05), Associate Vice President, CannonDesign, serves as a centralized nexus of university life, finding new purpose for an integral area on the North Campus by redirecting intra-campus pedestrian traffic to converge at the newly constructed café. Credits: CannonDesign, Roth Consulting Group, Inc., Watts Architecture & Engineering, P.C., Trophy Point, Cerami & Associates, Inc. Photo Credit: CannonDesign
“1091 Main Street, Buffalo, NY,” submitted by Kenneth Smith (MArch ’85), President, Smith+Associates Architects, is a mixed-use building that honors the historic neighborhood and features a connecting glass walkway with access to a restored historic church. Credits: Smith+Associates Architects, Ellicott Development, Concept Construction Corp.
“City of El Paso Westside Natatorium,” submitted by William Helm II (MArch ’07), Founding Principal Architect In*Situ Architecture, provides the City of El Paso with its first competition natatorium. The parti sketch of the critical cross section uses a butterfly roof massing to bring natural indirect daylight deep into the long-span structure. Credits: City of El Paso (Client); In*Situ Architecture (Architect of Record); William C. Helm, II, and Edgar Lopez (Design Architects); Aquatic Design Consultants (Aquatics Engineer); THEVERYMANY (Public Artist)
“Lafayette High School Cupola and Roof Restoration,” submitted by Paul McDonnell (MArch ’86), Director of Facilities Planning, Design and Construction, Buffalo Public Schools, replaced a 100-year-old slate roof for the city’s oldest operating high school, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with highlights including the recreation and installation of the copper cupola. Credits: Esenwein & Johnson, Buffalo, NY, 1901 (Original architects); Paul McDonnell (Restoration)
“Pebble Park,” submitted by John Brennan (MArch ’15, BSArch ‘13), Project Engineer, A. Zahner and Owner, Hello Architecture, was generated through a public art competition in Kansas City, Mo., to beautify a schematic with art. Credits: John Brennan/Hello Architecture, with Brian Franson and Mariana Guerra
“Imagine Amherst,” submitted by Kimberly Amplement (MUP ’14, BAED ‘12), Planner, Town of Amherst Planning Department, is a contextually-sensitive reimagining of commercial and mixed-use centers in the Town of Amherst. The project updated the Town's Comprehensive Plan to encourage mixed-use development and the Zoning Code to create a hybrid form-based code. Credits: Town of Amherst Planning Department (Daniel Howard, Kimberly Amplement) with Code Studio and HomeRun Creative
“Armory II,” submitted by Philip Michael Brown (MArch ‘92), Philip Michael Brown Studio, is an “Art Pavilion” adjacent to the main Culver Road Armory in Rochester, NY. Both the site placement and mixed-use program components projects an object building within the flat context of the quasi-urban site, flanked by an Interstate. Credits: Philip Michael Brown (Project Design), Hanlon Architects (Architect of Record), and Whitney Baird, Associates (Owner)
“Jali Screens and Courtyard at AKU Hospital,” submitted by James Bogle (BSArch ‘10), Project Architect, CommonGrounds Workplace, reflects design elements of the Aga Khan University Hospital development in Dar Es Salaam led by Bogle. Credits: Payette (Firm), Aga Khan University (Client); Mark Carreaga, Alison Laas (Team Members). Photo Credits: Mark Carreaga
“Bringing the Outside In,” submitted by Samira Sheikholeslami (MArch ‘16), Architectural Project Manager, Ellicott Development Company, an open-office interior design with views of Silo City and the Buffalo River. Credits: Adelmann Palmisano Architects (Architect); Ellicott Development Company (Owner), Samira Sheikholelsami (Architectural project manager and designer; EBC Payroll and HR services (Tenant).
“Lipe Cross-Arc,” submitted by Brendan Rose (BPS ‘00), Founding Partner, Echo Makes Inc., is a landscape structure designed to provide cross-fit exercise amenities at Lipe Art Park without detracting from the artistic mission of the park. (Credits: Echo partners - Zachary Bloomer, Park Steward; Collaborators: Zeke Leonard, Rick Destito)
“Mont' Onda,” submitted by Carla Tiberi (BAED ’84), University Landscape Architect, Georgetown University, Facilities Project Administration, is a privately-owned historic neighborhood located in the rolling hill town of Gavi, Italy. The neighborhood is a cluster of eight homes that have been renovated and offered on the short-term rental market. Credits: Mobim, LLC