Published May 14, 2021
Charles Wingfelder, MArch,
Fred Wallace Brunkow Fellow (2020 - 2021), Editor
This year's edition of our student journal is a slice of work and conversations taken during a moment of dramatic change in how and where we learn and collaborate. The separation required during the COVID-19 pandemic meant that we had to mostly abandon our traditional methods and places of learning, and rapidly innovate the ways in which we collectively work.
The calendar year of 2020 was packed with historical significance, which made identifying the topic of Intersight 23 very difficult. We chose to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, as it was the force that most directly disrupted our patterns of life. However, we made this choice with the acknowledgment that other major movements of the year, including equity and racial justice, would be represented through the work and activism of our students and faculty.
"While we have all felt the distance of the past year – academically, socially, emotionally – Intersight reminds us that all along we have been in this together. The book is in itself a convening of our community – a heartening look at who we are and the values that bridge the divide."
Robert G. Shibley
Professor and Dean, School of Architecture and Planning
"Our faculty members have demonstrated both resilience and flexibility during the pandemic in the continuation of their research and scholarship...Faculty members have applied for - and been awarded - more research grants. I consider this a significant accomplishment in our remote work environments."
Daniel B. Hess
Professor and Chair, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Truly, at the start of 2020, it was unthinkable. More than a year into this grand experiment in architectural pedagogy, I find myself returning to several core principles in education: Learning is messy. Learning is social and informal. Learning is spatial and emotional."
Professor and Chair, Department of Architecture
"Working with a physical, malleable material, we could have all had our hands on these models, and I don't know if that would have produced something different."
- Haley Davis
"The global pandemic, if anything, reinforced the urgency for creative Affordable Housing options... So much so, that we brought up COVID-19 a number of times in the final presentation to reinforce the possibilities of Manufactured Housing implementation."
- David Kelly
"On the academic side and social side, somehow, even with COVID, college at UB has been everything I have wanted and looked forward to in high school, which is not what I was expecting, but I am very grateful for."
- Jo Ruth
“I appreciated the ability to work in a group that wasn’t over a zoom call. There’s nothing wrong with a zoom call, its incredibly useful in these times. But I think it’s the personal interaction that really drives this major."
- James Herlihy
“Honestly, doing a digital studio sounds ridiculous if you are coming out of a physical world, but I thought we did a pretty damn good job, getting work shared, getting feedback, even growing our inter-personal connections."
- John Mark Silbert
“Our final presentation to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, Norstar Development, Dr. Price and other key stakeholders... went off without a hitch despite having presenters located as far away as India working through power outages and a completely different time zone. In fact, Rakshanda Nagaraj’s presentation while residing in India was one of the highlights of the event.”
- Jay Schwartzkopf
"I think if we were in person we would have focused on quality more, where professors have you dive in one direction. But digitally we were allow to produce much more with no cost limitation.”
- Andrew Callard