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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.


Students enhancing local built environment through STAR Center projects

Posted Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 15:15

Alfred State students in the Architecture and Design department are helping to improve the quality of the built environment in Allegany County and the surrounding region through a number of Southern Tier Architectural Resource (STAR) Center civic engagement projects.

The STAR Center is a collaboration of two organizations in the department: the Architecture Club and the Interior Design Club, which, through the promotion of sound design and planning principles, seek to enhance the local built environment.

Last semester, architectural technology majors Jeremy Dearing, of Allentown, PA, and Andrew Scott, of Arverne, NY, proposed designs for a project at Pioneer Park in Dansville. The project involved creating a place for a monument marking the park as Dansville’s first cemetery - where many are still interred - as well as landscaping and lighting work.

“What the clients were proposing was fairly low impact and it was really meant to just formalize the park and create a place for a new monument that they had already made,” said Bill Dean, chair of the department of Architecture and Design. “Most of the time you would create the plan first and then place the monument. They had the monument first and it was like, ‘All right, where do we put it?’

“Jeremy and Andrew worked on that and talked about two different possible locations for the monument and did renderings of what that might look like, just to kind of give them some guidance.”

Dearing said, “I’m very glad that I was able to get some real hands-on experience with actual clients.”

students at STAR center with clientsIn the fall of 2013, Dean said, two students through the STAR Center also presented designs for a project that involved placing a welcome sign in downtown Bath. The clients ultimately chose architectural technology major and Syracuse, NY, native Katie Dussing’s plan.

“We’ve done a lot of these conceptualizations but we’re starting to see more activity with actually implementing them,” Dean said, “which is nice because it’s great to have the ideas on paper but you want to see them built at some point.”

Since 2013, according to Dean, the STAR Center students have undertaken eight typically infrastructure-related civic engagement projects, mainly in the Southern Tier. Potential upcoming projects include conceptual planning for a pocket park in Scio, documenting existing conditions for a veterans’ center in Rushford and for a building in downtown Buffalo, and a master plan for Lions Camp Badger in Spencer, NY.

Another project involves two students working with the Alfred State Sustainability Committee on converting an L-shaped area near the Central Dining Hall into a community garden.

“It’s not a huge space, it’s not a big project, but any place we can help, we’re happy to give the students that type of experience,” Dean said. “We don’t know if the garden is going to be edibles or perennials. That hasn’t been decided yet.”

Libby Dussault, an architecture and interior design student, from Horseheads, NY, said the STAR Center provides an awesome opportunity for students.

“It’s a good way to meet and work with other people and form relationships and learn how to work on a project with someone else because we do a couple of partner projects in the studio but nothing that has follow-through and you don’t see the end result and I think working with clients, that’s a good opportunity, too,” she said.

Dean noted, “These students are actually getting that experience of talking to people about their problems and helping them develop solutions to the extent that they can do that through an academic exercise, so I think it really provides a tremendous experience for the students that they’re not going to get in every architecture program.”

Pictured in photo above are, from top, counter-clockwise, Alfred State architectural technology majors Jeremy Dearing and Andrew Scott, and members of the Pioneer Park Committee Patricia Kreiley, Paul Hoffman, and Jane Schryver. The students worked with the committee members on a civic engagement project at Pioneer Park in Dansville last semester through the college’s Southern Tier Architectural Resource (STAR) Center.


Architecture students outline possible future look of Savona

Posted Date: Friday, November 7, 2014 - 15:30

The village of Savona recently received some help with envisioning its comprehensive plan after Alfred State architecture students presented their designs for the future layout of the municipality Oct. 28 at the Campbell-Savona Elementary School.

Village officials and roughly 25 residents listened as 10 students in Professor William Dean’s Urban Design Studio class shared their visions for five sections of Savona. These included a residential area, the Cohocton River Trail, the western side of town, a mixed use commercial area, which would feature a senior living community, and the Four Corners area, which would include a boutique hotel and a Dollar General that matches the look of the surrounding buildings.

Two female architecture students presenting in Savona“The goal was to create a vision from the work that the community had already done as far as further developing what they wanted in the comprehensive plan,” said Dean, chair of the Department of Architecture and Design. “We tried to remain as faithful to that document as possible. That’s not to say that the students didn’t bring their own design experience into it, but I kept driving home the point throughout the project that we wanted our work to be an extension of the comprehensive plan.”

The students spent eight weeks on the project, which began in August with a tour of the village led by Mayor Gregge Harrian, and included an interim critique by a panel composed of Harrian; Nicolette Barber, a planner from HUNT Engineers, Architects and Surveyors out of Horseheads; and members of the village’s Comprehensive Plan Committee.

“After meeting with the mayor and the committee, the students took their comments to heart and continued to develop their designs for the final presentation,” Dean said.

According to Dean, the students’ designs received a lot of positive feedback throughout the process and were well-received during the presentation.

Brittany Varengo, an architectural technology major from Syracuse, said, “We were able to connect to the people on a personal level and know that our hard work was appreciated.”


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