ARC 607-1– Arch Design Studio 7: Architecture for Campus Policing

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Course No.: 10230

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2016 Fall

Location: Hayes Hall – 420A

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday & Thursday

Meeting Time: 1:30PM - 7:20PM

Faculty: Song

University at Buffalo Police department has asked us to design and envision their new home at the North Campus. In order to envision the new design of UB Police Department building, our studio will research the role of architecture and planning to maintain and promote the relationship between the campus communities and University Police.


On December18, 2014, President Barack Obama established the Task Force on 21st Century Policing in response to the recent events which exposed distrust between the community and police. The team has suggested recommendations to rebuild the trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve. Under Pillar Four, “Law enforcement agencies should, therefore, work with community residents to identify problems and collaborate on implementing solutions that produce meaningful results for the community.” This is an area where the expertise and input of an architectural team can be of assistance. (For example, Jeanne Gang has put basketball court to the police station in attempt to transform it into community center.)


Addressed to campus, UB’s campus is like a city, complete with opportunities for living, working, eating, shopping, transportation and leisure, as well as public security. There will be two main focuses in this studio. First, the perception of law enforcement and the role of façade will be explored. Can the façade host events perhaps? To what extent can the façade allow for positive interactions and promote communication? Second, another focus will be acupunctural planning for the campus. By adding a critical building in the right location with an “impact strengthening certain axis,” is it possible to promote more of a pedestrian-friendly, event-friendly street in the North Campus?


As a team, studio will produce three professional Schematic Design packages with physical models. This will include extensive site research, interviews, documenting the experience of North campus. Modest funding for the exhibition, publication and model materials are TBD.