Published November 15, 2022
The School of Architecture and Planning is pleased to welcome Maya Porath, an architectural designer, educator and organizer, as the 2022-23 Peter Reyner Banham Fellow.
Carrying forward Banham's legacy in experimental criticism and explorations of Buffalo's post-industrial landscapes, Porath will interrogate the underlying structures of architectural projects and the conditions under which they are produced.
Focusing on the political and economic structure of the built environment, she will develop an archive of case studies that explore various ownership models and project structures in Buffalo. Starting with policies, funding, production, and construction, the research will seek to challenge existing power structures, while also analyzing the role of the architect and their impact on the social context.
As Banham Fellow, Porath will interrogate the underlying structures of architectural projects and the conditions under which they are produced, developing an archive of case studies that explore various ownership models and project structures in Buffalo.
Porath comes to UB with experience at various design firms in New York City, where she was involved in public, institutional and private projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.
As a member of The Architecture Lobby, a democratic member driven organization of architectural workers, Porath collaborated with designers and architects across the country on initiatives aimed at building a more just and equitable profession. She served as a co-Steward of the NYC Chapter and more recently, as the Lobby’s National Organizer in 2020-2022.
Porath co-founded ParlorTalks, an informal, multidisciplinary critical conversation series about public space. In addition, she has previously taught history and design classes at NYIT and Parsons.
The School of Architecture and Planning’s Peter Reyner Banham Fellowship supports the research of emerging practitioners in honor of the legacy of Peter Reyner Banham, who taught at UB from 1976-80 and produced a foundational body of scholarship on material/visual culture as a reflection of contemporary social life. Banham was famous for his hands-on approach to historical research and engagement both in and out of the classroom.