Media Advisory: Today at Silo City, UB students show off unique project they built

Photo of a wooden, claw-shaped structure in the foreground, with a massive grain elevator in the background.

This structure, called "Trussed," is one of 10 that UB architecture students installed at Silo City in Buffalo as part of a freshman design studio. Photo: Douglas Levere

Release Date: May 8, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. – This afternoon at Silo City, University at Buffalo architecture students will show off the unique structures they built on the site as part of a year-long design studio.

Media are invited to attend the exhibit opening/final review, beginning at 1:30 p.m. today. Media should enter the site from Silo City Row (Childs Street), off of Ohio Street. See a map at

The highly visual project is called “Reflection Space,” and it involved 105 students in the freshman design studio in UB’s School of Architecture and Planning. Students worked in groups, 10 teams in all, to build small structures that invite the public to experience the grain elevators at Silo City in a way they previously could not.

“They offer the inhabitant a space to pause and take in this breathtaking place,” said Karen Tashjian, an adjunct assistant professor of architecture at UB who led the studio with Matthew Hume, clinical assistant professor of architecture.

The structures are located along a snowshoeing/walking trail at Silo City. Each measures approximately 8-by-8-by-8 feet in volume. See more photos at:

What: Exhibit opening for “Reflection Space”

When: 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, 2017

Who: 105 freshman architecture students from the University at Buffalo, faculty members Karen Tashjian and Matthew Hume, and approximately 30 guest critics who will offer students feedback as part of their final review.

Where: Silo City, Buffalo, New York

On-site contact: David Hill, UB Office of University Communications, 716-238-1001.

Media Contact Information

David J. Hill
News Content Manager
Public Health, Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Sustainability
Tel: 716-645-4651