Fall 2022 ARC Electives

Any 500 level or higher graduate course at UB can count as an elective in the M.Arch program. If a student wishes to take a course outside of the Department of Architecture, they must work with the department offering the course to register. The courses below are offered by the Department of Architecture. Note that many of these courses have limited seats because they are dual listed with an undergraduate course. 

Additional technical methods and intellectual domain seminars can also be used as electives in the M.Arch program. 

ARC 521 Special Topics: Global Practices in Design- Ken MacKay


This course will be taught as two parallel narratives regarding Global Practices in Design. The first narrative will be a class by class overview of important movements in art, architecture and design over the past century. Key movements will be examined in relationship to the social, political and economic factors which either played a role in its formation or which was reacted against. The intent of this approach to instruction is to provide students with a framework by which to recognize the societal forces which have an impact on the production of art, architecture and design.

The second narrative of the course will survey small, cutting-edge architecture firms across the globe. We will begin with a review of the theory of 'critical regionalism' proposed by Kenneth Frampton in the 1980's and follow that up with several readings that reinforce and/or question the validity of this theory. Students will then focus on the work of architects and artists working in different countries across the globe. The intent of the course is to facilitate students understanding of the design process used by various architects and to critically examine the relationship of this design process to the particular social, political and cultural milieu of the region in which each architect is generating the work.​

ARC 548 Building Project: Small Built Works- Bradley Wales


The Fall 2022 Small Built Works ARC 448-548 Seminar will offer design opportunities in energy-efficient urban house / housing design, leading to competition entries, and presentations to local community-based organizations to explore the possibility of building innovative dwellings in the Community.   

This Small Built Works Practicum is part of an on-going effort by the School of Architecture and Planning, begun in the Spring of 2017, to investigate affordable house / housing design. Affordability has been defined based on lowering monthly costs for high integrity, sustainable design outcomes. Small Built Works has created working relationships within the Buffalo and Upstate NY communities—most recently with A Tiny Home for Good in Syracuse, as well as recent collaborations with the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corporation (BENLIC, aka the Land Bank), PUSH Buffalo (People United for Sustainable Housing), and Bailey Green—to facilitate design and construction of sustainable affordable house / housing units in the City.

Previous affordable house investigations include the SUN-FOOD-WATER Studio (2017-18), the net-zero 778 House (2018-19), the Type A Accessible 997 House (2019), Multi-family 12-unit housing for #15 Southampton (2020-21), Microhomes (2021), and #91 Fuller in Tonawanda which BENLIC has constructed, and will be put up for sale in the Fall of 2021.

The Small Built Works Program has been producing comprehensive design-build work in the Buffalo community since 2001. Bus Shelters were designed and fabricated from 2001-2004. In 2005, the series of work to-date won the NCARB Grand Prize for the creative integration of education and practice. El Museo Gallery was gut-renovated in 2006. The Rotating House at #15 South Putnam was built in 2007. The Eighteenth Street Park was constructed from 2008-2010. Benches were fabricated for the Old First Ward and Silo City. In 2013, The Front Yard multi-channel video towers at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center were fired-up.

In order to tackle projects with larger ambitions than can be completed in one semester, Small Built Works often ‘rolls over’ projects from one semester to the next—from ARC448/548-to-ARC404. We will be making a Field Trip to Syracuse in the Fall of 2022 to observe three currently-designed prototypes under construction by A Tiny Home for Good. There is a strong probability a couple of the alternate Tiny Home designs from the Spring of 2022 will continue to be developed in the Fall of 2022. There is also a possibility of beginning new mixed-use housing designs in Bailey Green.

Small Built Works classes also sometimes culminate in a gallery show in the City. The attached photo by Jim Bush shows the SUN-FOOD-WATER work from 2018, presented in the gut-rehabbed El Museo Gallery from 2006, with Old First Ward / Silo City Benches from 2016.

ARC 549 Architectural Materials- Annette Lecuyer


This seminar will focus upon the tectonic, the convergence of poetry and technique in architecture. The course will explore innovative uses of materials through the examination of a series of contemporary buildings by distinguished international architects. It will seek to develop an understanding of how technical decisions in the deployment of materials, construction systems and details can be directed towards conceptual and cultural ends.

ARC 584 Professional Practice 2- Laura Lubniewski


This seminar will examine options for career development in architecture and design. We will recognize traditional design based careers, but focus on developing a wider scope of career development for the built environment, explore pathways and build networks for early career growth and other opportunities.  We will examine the role of the architect in relation to traditional private clients as well as not-for profits, granting agencies, educational institutions, and other public organizations.  We will investigate how the practice of architecture can respond to our current economic, ecological, and political climates.  We will welcome a range of guest speakers, analyze readings, and share perspectives through discussion. Students will also develop conceptual career roadmaps and/or business models.

ARC 582 (Professional Practice) is not a prerequisite for this course. ARC 584 does not substitute ARC 582 (Professional Practice) which is required for all students in the M.Arch program. 

ARC 589 Special Topics: Architecture, Cities and Food- Daniela Sandler

Instructor email: daniela@buffalo.edu

This course explores the connections between food, architecture, and the built environment from historical and critical perspectives. The production, presentation, distribution, and consumption of food have an impact on the design and organization of buildings, public spaces, and cities. This impact has ranged from the informal and popular occupation of space through markets, fairs, food stalls and street vendors, to recent proposals for urban farming, vertical gardens, and utopian provisions for future cities. Food is itself an artistic medium, the object both of traditional arrangements and innovative compositions—from Japanese lunchboxes and kaiseki meals to the deconstructed dishes of molecular gastronomy. Finally, contemporary contexts raise questions of inequality in relation to access to and distribution of food, from food deserts to "food gentrification." This course will tackle these themes from a variety of disciplinary approaches, from architectural and urban history to heritage and philosophy. Themes include: café culture and the emergence of an urban public sphere; the aesthetics of Japanese architecture, food, and design; urban agriculture; food and public spaces; among others.

ARC 590 Special Topics: Shinohara II -Georgios Rafaildis


In this course, we will continue the work we undertook in the seminar last semester and take a closer look at the domestic space in the work of the Japanese architect Kazuo Shinohara. He was arguably the most influential architect of modern Japan despite the fact that most of his built work (35 out of 42) consists of houses, most of them of modest scale. His work can be described as puzzling and enigmatic and can yield very different readings. In this course, we will have a look at further ten houses find out why his work has been so influential within architectural discourse. We will aim to develop our own idiosyncratic interpretation of Shinohara’s houses.

Students will be responsible for studying a single Shinohara house, understanding it intimately and presenting it to the class. Students will be expected to engage in weekly discussion during class.

ARC 616 Research Methods- Erkin Ozay


This course is recommended to be taken during the same semester as Directed Research (those planning for thesis in Spring 2023). 

The ultimate goal of the course is to guide graduate students to develop a methodological and theoretical grounding for their thesis projects. We will do this through reading assignments, writing exercises, group discussions, and peer review sessions. By the end of the semester, each student will have the opportunity to develop a high quality research prospectus. This course is less about deep theoretical discussions on research than a pragmatic, “how-to” dive into devising a specific roadmap and organizational configuration tailored to each student’s thesis work.

Class Schedule

For more specific information on courses including scheduled times, days, modality and restrictions, please see the class schedule. Instructors contact information can be found in the UB Directory