ARC 607-2 / ARC 609

ARC 607-2 / ARC 609– Option Studio - Urban Design

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Course No.: 21367

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2017 Fall

Location: Hayes Hall – 410A

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday & Thursday

Meeting Time: 2:00PM - 7:50PM

Faculty: Hata

The University Station Transit-Oriented Development
Are the land parcels and buildings near the University Heights Metro Station (on both
sides of Main Street, on and across from UB’s South Campus), ripe for redevelopment as
a mixed use, transit-oriented development? What sites could be redeveloped with a mix
of office, hotel, retail and/or housing offerings that would serve UB, its faculty and
students, and the City of Buffalo? How does a TOD work, and how could this type of
catalytic, gateway development become transformative to the campus, the University
Heights neighborhood, and the City of Buffalo, as well as create economic value?

These and related questions will be answered in a joint studio in Real Estate Development and Urban Design. Students in MS/ARC in Real Estate Development and advanced students in MARC, MUP and dual-MARC/MUP programs will collaborate on a design/development proposal, in a manner regularly seen in cutting edge projects, where architects, planners and developers work closely to produce outstanding projects that are financially feasible and have great campus design and landscape characteristics.


Studio Eligibility and Goals:


  • MS/ARC RED in the final semester, advanced students in MARC, MUP and Dual- MARC/MUP programs (MUP students to select the studio on Aug. 29).
  • 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 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.