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Buffalo State Interior Design Students make a mark on the East Side

"This morning I learned of another higher ed initiative that will have a positive impact on this city – this time on the East Side. Students from a SUNY Buffalo Interior Design class have been working with Fillmore Forward to analyze a commercial space at 1474 Fillmore Avenue. The intention is to reimagine the storefront in a way that will create a modern and up to date store that will benefit the owner and the district."

Buffalo Rising, November 2016

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Design Charrette

On Wednesday, November 2, Buffalo State students participated in a charrette to help 6th-grade special education students from Palmyra Macedon School District redesign their classroom.  The elementary school students and their teacher received a grant that stipulated that design must be student led with a focus on 21st-century learning.  The charrette was a collaboration between the 6th-grade students, design students, and design professionals.  Design students and professionals volunteered their time and expertise to help the elementary students develop their ideas into practical solutions.

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Explore Buffalo

Explore Buffalo is a non-profit organization providing tours and promoting the discovery of the unique architecture, history, and communities of the greater Buffalo Niagara region.  The Department of Interior Design at Buffalo State is proud to partner with Explore Buffalo to provide our students with an unparalleled look at the architectural heritage of Buffalo.  Our students benefit from the opportunity to investigate the built environment through both historical context and formal investigation and Explore Buffalo has provided a valuable platform for their specialized student tours to make this possible.  We are grateful for the generous support of Explore Buffalo.

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IES Buffalo Section

Thank you, Buffalo section of IES for sponsoring:

  • Ignite Scholarship
  • Student Membership
  • Students Scholarship to attend Annual Conference
  • Free admission to tech. meetings for students
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Shout Out to IDE 104 in Buffalo News

"I noticed Council chambers were open Thursday even though there was no Council meeting.

It turned out that an interior design class from SUNY Buffalo State College was in the room.

Their professor, architect Eric Dolph, told me the class uses the city as its laboratory.

Students visit different buildings throughout the semester, learning different design techniques by studying such buildings as the former downtown Post Office (now the ECC City Campus),  the Ellicott Square building,  Kleinhans Music Hall, and Thursday,  Council chambers in City Hall."

Susan Schulman, Buffalo News, September 30, 2016 

Interior Design Students, Architects Bring Lessons to Buffalo Schools

When first-graders from Buffalo's Community School 53 toured downtown during a recent fieldtrip, several were able to identify architectural elements surrounding them. Their knowledge was partly due to Buffalo State interior design student Becky Sturniolo’s participation in the Buffalo Architecture Foundation’s Architecture and Education (Arch+Ed) Program.

Buffalo State news story: December 10, 2015

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IES Young Professionals Scholarship

Two students from the Department of Interior Design, Darcy Engle and Rebecca Sturniolo have received the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Young Professionals Scholarship that will enable the students to attend the 2015 IES Annual Conference in Indianapolis in November 2015. The scholarship will cover conference costs, travel, and lodging costs for the students and allow them to attend the Student & Emerging Professionals Workshop in addition to the conference.

A total of 8 scholarships were awarded for USA and two for the North East Region, which were both awarded to Buffalo State students.

The Magic of Light featuring Darcy Engle

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) hosted The Magic of Light event at the Burchfield Penny on Friday, September 11, 2015. The magic of light event included small group lighting tours of the galleries, led by  Tony Bannon of the Burchfield Penny Art Center. It also featured keynote speaker, Frank Florentine, and an outdoor lighting festival and audio installation at Frontyard at the Center, by Buffalo State interior design student artist, Darcy Engle.