Rehab projects: 120 Summit Ave & 320 Florida Ave

Zoom image: students standing on the porch of the rehabbed house on Summit students standing on the porch of the rehabbed house on Summit.

Working in close collaboration with the Buffalo Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, Professor Edward Steinfeld’s studio developed proposals for new-build homes to be assembled by Habitat volunteers.

The studio focused on cost-reduction, constructibility, and energy efficiency. Dylan Burns’ project uses Structurally Insulated Panels to speed up construction and improve energy performance, and places an ample driveway and full house on a 30-foot Buffalo lot. Josh Erni’s project is designed to blend in with neighboring houses while gracefully offering step-free access. Sadichchha Dhakhwa’s proposal features an open first floor plan, with options to convert a portion of the living space into an office, enclosed dining area, or accessible bedroom.


Summit Ave. designer: Ginny Gallersdorfer, 2015

Florida St. designer: Dylan Burns, 2016


Edward Steinfeld
Pete Russell


Inclusive Design Graduate Research Studio, Fall 2015- Fall 2016