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Snapshots of the students behind Venice 2018

April 30, 2018

Thank you to all for your generous support of the School of Architecture and Planning's campaign to send students to Venice! As the school finalizes its film exhibit for the "Time Space Existence" opening in May, students are working behind the scenes on critical elements, from designing and fabricating seating for the exhibit room to maximizing room acoustics to producing a collateral publication. We're pleased to share the following profiles of our five-student team.


Time Space Existence is sponsored by the European Cultural Center and Global Arts Affairs Foundation and held in Venice in conjunction with the 2018 Architecture Biennale, from May 26 - Nov. 25, 2018. Widely regarded as the premier global forum for architecture and design, the Biennale turns Venice into a city-wide exhibit on the latest thinking in the discipline, drawing more than 300,000 visitors. 


Eric Burlingame, MS Architecture '18

Eric Burlingame is tasked with the design of the audio-visual technology for the School’s exhibition space at the Palazzo Bembo in Venice, which makes sense since he worked for a decade as an audio technician at UB’s Center for the Arts before deciding to pursue a Master of Science in Architecture degree in inclusive design. The task was not far afield from his thesis research on classroom acoustics. View full profile  


Kalyn Faller, Architecture BS '18

Kalyn Faller wanted to study architecture. She wanted to go to a state school. She wanted to get out of Queens. So, UB seemed like a good possibility. The tour led by Greg Delaney sold her on Buffalo. The energy of the place, the excitement of the students, the range of projects and events, and especially the shop, closed the deal. Now Kalyn works in the “Fab Lab” helping other students with their projects. That made her a natural for the Venice team. Kalyn is paired with Nick Wheeler to fit out the exhibit space in the Palazzo Bembo. View full profile


Frank Kraemer, MArch '19

The concept for UB’s exhibit at the Time Space Existence exhibit in Venice is simple, second-year MArch student Frank Kraemer explains. It’s not a busy room full of images or objects, but a darkened space in which to see a short film that evokes the long relationship between a school and the city that it serves. And a simple memento in the form of modest booklet. “It’s just you, this film, and this pamphlet you’re going to walk away with,” Frank said. View full profile


Morgan Mansfield, Architecture BS '19

Even a simple pamphlet, like the one planned as a memento from UB’s May-to-November Venice exhibit, is a design problem that needs a solution. What size paper? Which still frames best represent the short film? What captions? What font? How many pages? What binding? How should they be displayed in the exhibit space at the Palazzo Bembo in the city of canals? All of these are problems Morgan Mansfield, a junior in the architecture program, loves to solve. View full profile


Nick Wheeler, Architecture BS '19

Nick Wheeler grew up in the Village of Attica, NY, population 2,470, and went off to study engineering at Genesee Community College, fifteen miles away in Batavia. “I thought it was going to be hands-on design,” he recalled. “But it was all math.” Not that there is anything wrong with math, but he wanted a more tangible encounter with design and transferred to UB for architecture. Now, along with Kalyn Faller, Nick is charge of designing the exhibit space in the Palazzo Bembo in Venice, sourcing materials, building components, and figuring out how it gets from here to there. View full profile

Learn about the hard-working student team behind the school's exhibit for the Venice Biennale

April 09, 2018

When the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning was invited last November by the Global Art Affairs Foundation to participate in the 2018 Biennale in Venice the answer was immediately “yes,” but members of the school administration knew they would have to move very fast to mount an exhibit in just a shade over six months.


That involved creating a concept, producing the exhibit, and raising money to create the exhibit and send faculty and students to Italy to mount the show. The faculty members tasked to lead the effort – Korydon Smith and Greg Delaney – reached out quickly to a handful of the school’s most talented and reliable students to help with some of the key tasks.


The job included designing the space at the Palazzo Bembo as a mini-movie theater with audio-visual equipment, a projection screen, a bench for viewers to sit on, and systems to control both light and sound in the small exhibit room. It also meant creating a pamphlet to serve as a memento for visitors to take home from the experience. It wasn’t hard to assemble a team that collectively provided a full range of skills to get the job done.

  • Eric Burlingame, a student in the Master of Science in Architecture in Inclusive Design and a specialist in acoustics, was chosen to design and specify A-V equipment for the exhibit room and help design a curtain system to manage sound both from and into the space.
  • Kalyn Faller, soon to graduate with her Bachelor of Science in Architecture Degree, and veteran student assistant in the school’s famous “Fab Lab,” was asked to help design a bench for visitors in the exhibit space to sit on while they watched a short film about the school and Buffalo.
  • Frank Kraemer, a second-year graduate architecture student and recent design competition winter, was picked to help design the commemorative pamphlet for the exhibit.
  • Morgan Mansfield, a junior architecture student, and an assistant in the professional firm of professors Georg Rafailidis and Stephanie Davidson, will work with Kraemer.
  • Nick Wheeler, aiming to graduate from BS in Architecture program next December, is another hands-on problem solver with experience as a shop assistant will work with Faller.

Burlingame, Faller, and Wheeler will head to Venice to install the exhibit. Kraemer and Mansfield will go to Italy in August to participate in workshops in support of the exhibit.

Stay tuned as we share a profile of each of our team members in the coming weeks.  

- Contributed by Bradshaw Hovey, research professor, School of Architecture and Planning

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