ARC 607-2

ARC 607-2– Option Studio - Urban Design

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Course Details

Course No.: 20445

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2018 Fall

Location: Hayes Hall – 420A

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday & Thursday

Meeting Time: 1:00PM - 6:50PM

Faculty: Hata

Faculty: Hata

Would you like to experience a dynamic learning environment that simulates interdisciplinary cutting edge practices where architects, planners, and developers work closely to produce outstanding projects that are financially feasible and transformative? Would you like to develop a large-scale project with your “real” studio client? You could do so in the Buffalo School.


Now in the third year, the Urban Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, and Real Estate Development studio offers you to learn about best practices of place-making, urbanism, sustainable design with market feasibility.


Studio Eligibility and Goals:

  • MS/ARC in RED in the final semester, advanced students in MARC, MUP and Dual- MARC/MUP programs
  • The combined class will be divided into student teams, formed with an equal number


of students from each academic program; teams will collaborate throughout  the semester to produce a successful project.

  • Teams will address the feasibility of developing a real site for a client through market research, site analysis, urban design master planning with 2D and 3D architectural design, project branding, and marketing strategies and financial analyses.
  • The studio culminates in comprehensive end- of-semester presentations by each team. Each team will prepare a professional-caliber report, comprising the feasibility study of real estate development integrated with an urban design master plan showing architectural plans, and renderings of the development.


Take-Home Values:

  • Architecture and Planning students will be able to explore the essentials of real estate finance and a complex and large-scale design project with a site model.
  • Real Estate Development students will learn how to work with architects and urban designers, and critical processes and elements for producing successful proposals in urban design and planning.
  • Teams will address the feasibility of developing a real site for an actual client.