Peter Reyner Banham Fellowship

echo art fair installation by Ang Li, Peter Reyner Banham Fellow.

Photo: NO FRILLS  by Ang Li, 2015-16 Banham Fellow 

Call for Proposals: 2022-23 Peter Reyner Banham Fellow

The School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY), invites candidates to serve as the Peter Reyner Banham Fellow. The Peter Reyner Banham Fellowship is a one-year adjunct faculty position at the University at Buffalo.

Peter Reyner Banham spent his time in Buffalo engaged in a scholarly project on the imaginary of American industrial architecture that took the form of the historical research, hands-on engagement and seminar instruction, resulting in his landmark work, A Concrete Atlantis.

In celebration of Banham’s legacy of experimental criticism, this fellowship is intended to support the research and creative activity of emerging scholars and design practitioners. Candidates are encouraged to propose a research trajectory that will be developed in tandem with a pedagogical agenda. The Banham Fellow will teach a design studio and a seminar each semester for the duration of the one-year fellowship. In addition, the fellow will deliver a public lecture as part of our school wide series and/or prepare an exhibition that culminates from the research, teaching and/or creative work conducted while in residence at the school.

Applications are due March 1, 2022

Please send inquiries and expressions of interest to Conrad Kickert, kickert@buffalo.edu

The 2022-23 call for propsoals for the Peter Reyner Banham Fellowship challenges you to apply your inquiry, creation, teaching, and communication to make a positive impact in a long-disinvested area of one of America’s quintessential post-industrial cities.

For the year 2022-2023, we invite artists, (landscape) architects, and urban designers to co-create meaningful and transformative design proposals and places in and with Buffalo’s East Side communities. As a Banham Fellow, we challenge you to apply your inquiry, creation, teaching, engagement, and communication to make a positive impact in long-disinvested historically Black neighborhoods of one of America’s quintessential post-industrial cities. This impact can range from research to proposals and actual built projects – as long as they are co-created with the East Side communities and focused on addressing its historic inequities. As a majority African American community, Buffalo's East Side has witnessed decades of efforts by residents to transform their neighborhood.  More recently, the neighborhood has also seen the arrival of New Americans. We challenge you to transcend the too-often soloistic act of investigation and creation into a holistic collaboration between yourself, the University at Buffalo, and East Side residents. 

Specifically, we invite you to propose an integrated research, creative work, and teaching trajectory in line with Reyner Banham’s view of the city as a kaleidoscope of scenes and perspectives. Candidates for the 2022-2023 Banham Fellowship should demonstrate a track record or significant promise of meaningful community engagement, resulting in designed - and preferably programmed and/or built – interventions that make a positive impact in marginalized communities. We look forward to learning and working with you as a key player in our UB team. We have made a positive impact in the East Side for decades and we will help you build connections in the area. Besides connecting locally, you will be central to the Department of Architecture’s effort to build and disseminate knowledge globally on community-engaged design and placemaking in marginalized post-industrial neighborhoods through a symposium and subsequent book publication.

Primary roles and responsibilities:

  1. The 2022-2023 Banham Fellow is expected to teach four Department of Architecture courses over two semesters, comprising two design studios and two seminars. While one studio course is connected to our core undergraduate architecture curriculum, we invite you to share your thoughts on how to connect your other studio course and your two seminars to your mission to make a positive impact on Buffalo and its East Side communities.
  2. Furthermore, we invite you to contribute to and co-create a 2022-2023 symposium and resultant book publication on co-creation, placemaking and design in marginalized post-industrial neighborhoods. We invite your thoughts on how to combine this effort with your research agenda in your Research, Teaching, and Impact statement. Besides a competitive annual stipend, we offer mentorship and research funding to support your efforts.
  3. We expect you to deliver a public lecture that culminates the research, teaching, and/or creative work conducted while in residence at the school, preferably as part of the 2022-2023 symposium.
  4. Applicants must at least hold a professional degree in architecture from an accredited program of architecture (B.Arch, M.Arch, or equivalent).
  5. Those with advanced degrees in architecture are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those with previous studio teaching experience and/or experience in professional practice.

Required documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research, Teaching, and Impact Statement (2,000 words maximum): the statement should outline how you will integrate your research and teaching to co-create impactful design and programming proposals and interventions with students and Buffalo community residents. Furthermore, your research statement should outline your contribution to our symposium series.
  4. Contact Information for (3) References

Suggested documents:

  1. Poftolio of Creative Work
  2. (2) Sample Course Syllabi (of potential studios and/or research seminars)
  3. Teach a design studio and an elective course each semester for the duration of the one-year fellowship;
  4. Develop a research and/or design project that draws connections to Peter Reyner Banham’s work;
  5. Provides students with appropriate learning materials and expertise in assigned subjects;
  6. Evaluates students’ performance and provide effective feedback to guide student learning and success;
  7. Responsible for contributing to and maintaining an inclusive and collaborative environment;
  8. Deliver a public lecture and/or prepare an exhibition that culminates the research, teaching, and/or creative work conducted while in residence at the school.

Qualifications

  1. Minimum qualifications: Applicants must hold a professional degree in architecture from an accredited program of architecture (B.Arch, M.Arch, or equivalent).
  2. Preferred Qualifications: Those with advanced degrees in architecture are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those with previous studio teaching experience and/or experience in professional practice.

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