The wait is over and Elevator B is the Jury Award Winner in the Student Design/Build Project category of the Architizer A+ Awards. The University at Buffalo team was trailing behind in second place leading up to the final days of the competition, before pulling ahead to land in first place. “This is an inspiring achievement for our school and a clear reflection of the talent and passion our students bring to their work,” said UB School of Architecture and Planning Dean Robert G. Shibley. “Elevator B also demonstrates how our use of Buffalo as a design laboratory generates globally relevant design research and built works.”
More importantly, I believe that this shows what can happen when the University at Buffalo, or any other local college for that matter, works hand-in-hand with local businesses and developers. This was a team win for Buffalo, and it never would have happened if it had not been for the forward thinking mindset that has come to represent the proponents of Silo City (see full story). The UB School of Architecture and Planning’s Ecological Practices Research Group was sponsored by Rigidized Metals Corporation, and ultimately a symbiotic relationship was developed between the two.
“We are so thrilled by the news,” said UB Assistant Professor of Architecture Joyce Hwang, who served as a project advisor to the student design team, along with UB architecture faculty members Christopher Romano and Martha Bohm. “It is an immense honor for the Hive City Team to win this international competition, not only due to the high level of distinction of the jury, but also due to the quality of the finalist projects that were our team’s competitors,” Hwang said. “We are very excited that the UB team has won first place in the only category for students. It will be an amazing experience for our alumni to be celebrated alongside many well-recognized professional architects and designers.*”