Fabrication Workshop

A premier fabrication facility in Western New York that is the hub of our learning-through-making curriculum. Equipped for fabrication of all types, the shop serves both as a space to execute coursework and as a think-tank and maker space for collaborative research with architectural practice and industry.

Wide view of the main open workshop space with students and teachers engaging in making ceramics.

A full-scale maker space

The Fabrication Workshop is a fully equipped facility occupying 7,000 square feet of high-bay space in Parker Hall on UB’s South Campus. Roughly broken into three distinct areas; the Shop for woodworking, metalworking, and assembly, and the digital FabLab, providing versatility to work across multiple scales from model and component building to full-scale prototyping and installations.

The shop has room to assemble full height walls.
Our shop is central to student learning, especially a holistic, integrated approach to design.

- Nicholas Rajkovich, PhD, assistant professor of architecture

Hours of operation

Spring 2024 Hours :
Monday - Thursday 9-7

Friday 9-5

Sunday 12-5


Closed, store open : 

Monday 9-10am and 2-4pm

Tuesday 12-4pm

Thursday 9-11am

Contact us
Parker Hall
UB South Campus
(716) 829-3510

Equipped for any project

The shop has a large inventory of standard tools, including welding equipment.

Rooted in a culture of making, we are dedicated to providing tools and equipment for material research, model making, and fabrication through analog and digital processes, including CNC routing, laser cutting, 3D printing and a comprehensive selection of power tools. Students can also purchase materials and borrow basic hand tools from our materials store.

We're here to help

Let's problem solve together

Need help with a tool or project? Our staff are here 12 hours a day ready to lend a hand. Experimenting with fabrication processes in your design research? We'll discover new methods and tools together.

Stephanie Cramer.

Stephanie Cramer
Director of Fabrication

Wade Georgi.

Wade Georgi
Manager, Shop Services

What we're making

'Thinking through making' is the pedagogical crux of our programs.

Korydon Smith, professor and chair of the department of architecture

Welded steel cages, CNC routed wooden enclosures and 3D printed ceramic molds are just some of the built works to emerge from our shop.

  • Efflorescence
    The Fall 2020 semester for junior architecture studio focused on the Tectonics of Buoyancy and the Buffalo Niagara Region’s relationship and response to water’s edge. This design studio encourages students to re-examine the prevailing Western tendency to fortify ourselves against the elements for fear of catastrophic ecological, social, and cultural impacts. Throughout the semester, students explored the relationship between human settlement and water and how architects can offer new tectonic responses to these issues. 
  • Transformable Shells
    In 2018, the School of Architecture and Planning hosted a competition to address a design problem: students sitting on the HVAC units in the newly renovated Hayes Hall. The competition embraced the issue by inviting students to offer a design solution that would allow students to use the systems in a safe manner.
  • Solitude Pavilion
    Solitude Pavilion is located on the University at Buffalo’s South Campus between Hayes Hall and the Hayes B Annex. The project aims to create a nesting environment by combining two contrasting systems using terracotta as the primary material. 
  • Trellis at Silo City
    Willow Way aims to create a space for observing time and growth of both the site and structure by using architecture as the infrastructure for habitat and landscape.
  • Stasis
    This vessel became a design muse and instrument for the studio, investigating many fundamental questions that pertain to the tectonics of architecture—space and geometry, structure and skin, form and function, as well as material and construction.
  • Ritual Space
    Ritual Space is a collection of ten structures, each designed and constructed by studio teams in first-year design studio. Finding its beginnings in the development of an interlocking joint system, students adapted this tectonic item into an evocative, spatial proposal.
  • Logging
    The research conducted in Logging investigates latent material possibilities within the medium of wood, by investigating material origins and the ethics of material consumption – two societal conditions that humans have increasingly become disconnected from.
  • Cages
    The work in Cages explores the qualities of material boundaries and enclosing conditions that relate structure and skin, establishing critical connections between the natural and the artificial in the material experience.
  • Unité de Révolution
    At a time of sociopolitical unrest, citizens are involved in demonstrations with increasingly spatial qualities, harnessing a legitimized right to the city. The Origam[we] shield system, delivered in the form of appropriable DIY manuals, challenges institutional reproductions of power in political, professional, and pedagogical approaches to the design and construction of our environments.
  • Sugar Shell
    By crystallization of sugar molecules bonding to the fibers of the bagasse, this pulp mixture, when lifted in the air, creates a solidified thin-shell structure. A spatial condition in which light penetrates through the thin paper shell thus creating a harmonious lighting effect that is only experienced from the interior.  
  • Investigating Flexibility
    Black walnut has high strength when bent, and can easily be manipulated without saturation. Students investigate various species of wood to identify a workable balance of flexibility and strength. Layers, cut into 1/8" thickness, are laminated to create the spine and ribs of the boat form under development. 
  • Form Making
    This explores one of the many form-making strategies to produce a light, thin shell structure. Fabric is held in a delicate balance of tension and compression forces, stretching out to create a field condition rather than a solitary object in space. The soft fabric essentially floats above the ground, just barely suspended in place.
Timelapse video of student project - for junior studio - evolving from fabrication to assembly in the Fabrication Wrkshop and then activation in the community.

The spring 2019 junior architecture studio invited students to think about how climate change is impacting the world today. As part of the studio, students designed their own laufmaschine, a precursor to the bike from the early 19th century. Watch the evolution of one student team’s project, “Gazelle,” from fabrication in the shop to its run in the studio-wide relay race in Cleveland.

Research for the Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop, sponsored by Boston Valley Terra Cotta, culminates every August with a “maker faire” in UB's Fabrication Workshop and SMART Fabrication Factory. Students troubleshoot design, fabricate components and assemble full-scale prototypes.

Research for the Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop, sponsored by Boston Valley Terra Cotta, culminates every August with a “maker faire” in UB's Fabrication Workshop and SMART Fabrication Factory. Students troubleshoot design, fabricate components and assemble full-scale prototypes.