ARC 548/ARC 448

ARC 548/ARC 448– Small Built Works

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Course No.: 24478

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2017 Fall

Location: TBD – ARR

Meeting Day(s): ARR

Meeting Time: ARR

Faculty: Wales


Course Description: This Design-Build Seminar will focus on the design, drawing, modeling, fabrication, and installation of functional public art. We will also initiate a new affordable house design project.


Work this semester will begin with the continuation of the Buffalo Benches Project, working in the Old First Ward. Students will design, fabricate, and install new and previously fabricated benches in the Old First Ward / Canalside community. Twenty-nine benches have been produced by previous classes. These will be on display from 6-9pm on Thursday May 18th in the 3rd Floor Atrium at 500 Seneca Street in Buffalo.


The second half of the semester will develop Site Analysis, Design Criteria, and Preliminary Design(s) for a new Affordable Single Family Residence to be constructed in Buffalo. This is an exciting opportunity to begin the design of a new House Prototype with a client. Details of this sponsored project are still being negotiated.


The Small Built Works Program has produced conceptual design-build projects in Buffalo communities since 2001. In 2005, the series of works to-date won the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) Grand Prize for the creative integration of education and practice.


Students work directly with clients during all phases of the Design-Build process. Construction tasks will in- clude wood working–both framing and finished work–steel fabrication, concrete forming & pours, setting hand made terra cotta tiles, landscaping, as well as making Shop Drawings and As-Built Drawings. Students will complete Preliminary Analysis through to Construction Documents and installed work.