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Architecture students working on design for Andover Volunteer Emergency Ambulance Corporation building

Posted Date: Friday, May 8, 2015 - 08:30

Under the direction of Professors William Akiyama, Richard Carlo, and William Dean, some architecture students have been working on a civic engagement project involving the design of a Volunteer Emergency Ambulance Corporation (AVAC) facility for the village of Andover.

Taylor Chapman, an architectural technology major from Hamburg, and Roberto Trujillo, an architecture student from Jackson Heights, present their schematic designsOn April 1, the students and faculty met with members of the ambulance corporation at the existing fire station in Andover. Students had prepared questions to assist them in better understanding the problems involved with the ambulance corporation sharing the fire station facility.

“This meeting also assisted the students in developing additional program information,” Carlo said. “Afterward, students were provided with a tour of the facilities, equipment, and processes of the corporation.”

The group also toured the proposed site of the new building, located directly adjacent to the fire station. Students collected on-site photos and other observations that assisted them in the preparation of a site analysis and the subsequent schematic designs.

On April 15, students presented their schematic designs to the members of the Andover Emergency Ambulance Corporation, including Chief Kelly Padden; Kevin Waters; Thomas Kent, president of the board; Kathleen Kent, board member; and Ken Gray, vice president.

“The students presented six of more than 20 options generated to give an overview of the possible approches to the design,” Carlo said. “The guests were very impressed with the students’ work and are looking forward to the future design development of the project.”

Carlo said the students intend to have a final design presentation and collate all the solutions into a design booklet.

“This will hopfully aid the AVAC in establishing priorities of the project and aquiring possible grant money to realize the facility,” he said.

Students will give their final presentations to members of the AVAC from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, in rooms 417 and 424 of the Engineering Technology Building.


Architecture students to present plans for adaptive reuse of five Wellsville buildings May 11 at David A. Howe Library

Posted Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 12:00

Architecture students will present their proposals and designs for improving the store fronts and interiors of five buildings in the village of Wellsville from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, May 11, in the History Room of the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville. 

The students, who are in Professor Joy Carlson’s historic preservation and adaptive reuse studio course, have focused on the Raubers, Burrous, Scoville, and Applebee buildings, and the Erie Depot in their proposals and designs. The event is free and open to the public. 

“Come see how Alfred State students envision building restoration and renovation for Main Street and the Erie Depot,” Carlson said. 


First-year Architecture and Design students present designs for new food truck

Posted Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 16:00

Architecture and Design Department Professor and Chair Bill Dean and Dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology John Williams take a look at the student presentation entries for Alfred State’s newly acquired food truck A total of 50 student designs for Alfred State’s newly acquired food truck were presented for display and judging Tuesday, April 28, at the Student Leadership Center.

Working together with student leaders from the Alfred State Architecture Club, the event highlighted a two-week project completed earlier this semester by 52 first-year Architecture and Design Department students in the design fundamentals studio course. Professors Dr. Alex Bitterman, Dave Carli, and Terry Palmiter worked with students, who were tasked with developing a new design “wrap” for the college’s food truck, which will serve as a rolling kitchen to be primarily used at some disaster relief outreach programs.

“The objective of the exercise was to develop a highly visible, recognizable, and meaningful graphic expression for the truck, which embodies the Alfred State commitment to community care and civic engagement,” said Carli.

Tuesday’s event featured 50 presentation entries, each of which included a presentation board and a 3-D model of the food truck emblazoned with the student’s design.

Christian Jankuloski, an architectural technology major from Webster, whose presentation was titled “Pioneer Plates,” said he enjoyed coming up with his own unique design.

“It made me learn a bit more about myself and what I can do,” he said.

Architectural technology student and Buffalo native Brandon Oddo said he based his design, “Grub-on-the-Go,” on the sharp, crisp decals and logos found on racing cars.

“I love graphic design, so I really enjoyed being able to put some creative effort into this, really express myself, and take my love for racing and put it into a school project,” he said.

Michael Bowman, an architectural technology major from Fairport, whose presentation was titled “Simply Alfred,” said the project helped him learn more about the layout aspect of the design process.

“That’s very key to designing anything,” he said.

Invited to serve as judges Tuesday were President Dr. Skip Sullivan, Vice President of Academic Affairs Kristin Poppo, Dean of the School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology Dr. John Williams, Dean of the School of Applied Technology Dr. Craig Clark, Assistant Professor of Building Trades Mark Payne, Culinary Arts Instructor Brian Decker, and other Architecture and Design Department faculty.

Judges were asked to pick their top choices, and the results, along with each student’s name and hometown, are as follows:

First place: “Rising Sun,” by Ryan Debree, architecture, Webster.

Second place: “License Plate,” by Hannah Vuozzo, architecture, Salt Point.

Third place: “Rebuilding Your Horizon,” by Christiana Mehmel, architecture, Olean.

Fourth place: “The Orvis Mobile,” by Alisha Jenney, interior design, Savona.

Carli spoke highly of the students’ work, saying, “Some of the designs are quite professional in their development and execution and exhibit a high level of design consideration.”

Bitterman said, “The food truck design project is unique in the sense that it engages students in a hands-on study of the built environment and provides the opportunity for students from both Alfred State campuses to work together to bring an idea from conception to completion. And it puts our best student talent front and center in a very public way and supports the Alfred State mission by helping others throughout our region.”

In photo above: Architecture and Design Department Professor and Chair Bill Dean and Dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology John Williams take a look at the student presentation entries for Alfred State’s newly acquired food truck.


AIA Rochester Design Awards traveling exhibit on display at Alfred State through May 29

Posted Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:15

students in hall viewing AIA Rochester Design Awards traveling exhibitThe Department of Architecture and Design is pleased to welcome a traveling exhibit of 2014 American Institute of Architects Rochester Design Awards submissions.

The exhibit features the work of 12 architects and firms from the greater Rochester area and includes submissions by two Alfred State alumni, Erik Reynolds (BS in architectural technology, ’12) and Emily McCaffery (BS in architectural technology, ’05). Reynolds, an intern at SWBR Architects, won Honorable Mention for his submission in the Rochester Designers Unleashed Ideas Competition, and McCaffery, an architectural technician at Labella Associates, was part of a team that took the other Honorable Mention in that same category.

“The works include two-dimensional drawings, three-dimensional drawings, renderings, diagrams, and sometimes explanatory text,” said William Dean, professor and chair of the Department of Architecture and Design. “They’re nicely done and very visual.”

The work is on display in the Hall Gallery on the fourth floor of the Engineering Technology Building through May 29.

“Securing this traveling exhibit is part of the department’s effort to enhance our learning culture by exposing students to recent high-caliber works of regional architecture,” Dean said, “and was arranged through our close collaboration with the American Institute of Architects Rochester Chapter.”


University of Cincinnati professor lecture at Alfred State draws large crowd

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 12:00

University of Cincinnati Professor Anton Harfmann giving a presentationThe Architecture and Design Department at Alfred State launched its second installment of the spring 2015 lecture series with a presentation by University of Cincinnati Professor Anton Harfmann on Monday, March 2.

The event drew a large crowd of students and faculty who came to see Harfmann discuss his recent work in a lecture titled "Forays in Building Information Modeling." Harfmann spoke about some of his recent student projects and the renovation of a building on the University of Cincinnati campus by noted architect Peter Eisenman. Both topics highlighted the use of building information modeling (BIM), a new process in architecture that involves digitally modeling a building with all of its components and utilizing that data to construct or renovate a structure.

Harfmann is a licensed architect and builder who teaches BIM, construction and structures, and graduate studio courses in the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati. He was the lead faculty member for the university’s participation in the 2007 Solar Decathlon competition and has taught net-zero design studios on several occasions since.

His research interests include net-zero architectural design, as well as BIM at the component level, and he has published many papers on this approach since the early 1990s. Harfmann is an early adopter of computing in practice and education that was recognized by Apple, which inducted him into the Apple Distinguished Educator program in 2004.

His commitment to teaching has also been recognized by the American Institute of Architects, which named him one of the top ten educators in architecture in 2009, as well as receiving an honorable mention award from the AIA’s Technology in Practice group in 2013 for his introductory class on teaching the logic of construction and structures through BIM.

Caption: University of Cincinnati Professor Anton Harfmann gave a presentation Monday, March 2, at Alfred State as part of the Architecture and Design Department’s spring 2015 lecture series.


Architecture students present community visualization study at ATP conference

Posted Date: Monday, February 16, 2015 - 13:30

Eight architecture students from Alfred State presented at the annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) conference at the end of the fall semester in Washington, DC.

The seniors presented on a project they did last semester as part of Design Studio 5: Urban Design, in which they worked closely with residents and community leaders in the nearby village of Savona. The students produced a community visualization study to create a vision for the sustainability and growth of Savona, which was well received by residents and village officials and may be considered for future implementation.

Led by the Consortium of Appalachian Centers and Institutes, the ATP offers students a unique opportunity to conduct active community-based research on their campuses.

Architecture students present community visualization study at ATP conference

From left, Nicholas Scalise, of Campbell Hall; Professor William Dean, chair of the Department of Architecture and Design (ATP Teaching Fellow); Nicholas Galatioto, of Garwood, NJ; Douglas Duzant of Levittown; Brittany Varengo of Baldwinsville; Nicholas Peraino of Geneseo; Kathryn Dussing of Syracuse; Ethan Smith of Marietta; ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl; Joshua Greenaker of Castile; and Craig Clark, executive director and dean of Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology (ATP Teaching Fellow). Scalise, Galatioto, Duzant, Peraino, and Greenaker are all Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) majors, and Varengo, Dussing, and Smith are architectural technology majors. Photo from http://www.etsu.edu/cass/projects/pictures/Alfred_group_photo.JPG


Architectural technology students awarded for study abroad sketches

Posted Date: Friday, November 21, 2014 - 14:30

The Department of Architecture and Design at Alfred State has announced the winners of this year’s Bob Pahl Award, given annually to two students who kept the top sketch journals while studying abroad in Sorrento, Italy, as part of their urban sketching course.

The honor began in 2012 and is named for Bob Pahl, a Boston-area architect, who graduated from Alfred State in 1981 with a degree in architectural engineering technology. Pahl donated the first- and second-place prizes, which were presented this year to Taquon Middleton, of Brooklyn, who received $800, and Kara Anderson, of Ontario, who received $200.

winners of this year’s Bob Pahl AwardNicholas Cultrara, of Buffalo, was the recipient of a $100 third-place prize, which was donated by Professor Joy Carlson. All three students are architectural technology majors.

“We are extremely grateful to Bob for his generous donation each year,” said Jeffrey Johnston, assistant professor in the Architecture and Design Department and coordinator of the study abroad program in Sorrento. “The Bob Pahl Award provides a valuable incentive for Sorrento architecture students to carefully document, through drawings, their travel experiences and observations.”

Pahl said as a freshman, new to college but with a love of architecture, walking into Johnston’s introduction to architecture course was a dream come true.

“He inspired me, through his talk of travels and his incredible talent in sketching, to make architecture my passion and my life,” said Pahl. “I sketch daily in my profession, and love to give back to the place that had such an impression in my life. I also want to keep the ‘art alive in architecture,’ supporting hand sketching any way I can.”

Pictured, from left, are Jeffrey Johnston, assistant professor in the Architecture and Design Department; Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president of academic affairs; architectural technology majors Taquon Middleton, of Brooklyn, Kara Anderson, of Ontario, and Nicholas Cultrara; and Dr. Cristiana Panicco, president of Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy.


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