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Buffalo students create gallery exhibit while learning through architecture

Work from some of Buffalo’s young, budding architects goes on display Friday night at the CEPA Gallery in the Market Arcade.

The exhibits are from students of five Buffalo Public Schools who spent the past few months as part of the Architecture + Education program, which uses architecture to teach students about math, science, history, art and technology and is aligned with the Common Core standards.

The program – run by the Buffalo Architecture Foundation in partnership with the University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State, Villa Maria College – introduces students to architecture with the help of architecture students and more than two dozen local architects. The architects and college students spent up to 10 weeks visiting the participating schools.

The program was founded in 2000. In the past, students have designed tree houses, a nature park for snakes and lions, dream bedrooms and a spaghetti tower playground constructed from strands of the raw pasta.

This year, final student projects ranged from using shapes to build a city of geometric homes to designing habitats for different climates throughout the world.

“It opens their eyes to the fact that they can be architects, too,” said Jennifer Oakley, UB liaison.

This year, the program involved students from McKinley High School, Community School 53, Bilingual Center School 33, Futures Academy School 37 and Frederick Law Olmsted School 156.

A public reception will run from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the CEPA Gallery in the Market Arcade, 617 Main St. Superintendent Kriner Cash will deliver opening remarks.

The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 18.