ASSEMBLY HOUSE 150 brings together practitioners and students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds: architects, artists, designers, tradespeople and apprentices, in order to work collaboratively on projects that teach skills in construction while also leading to the production of inspiring spaces for contemplation and celebration.
Dennis Maher, Founder/Director Dennis Maher is an artist, architect, and educator whose work explores fantastic and wondrous possibilities for the built environment. Through projects that engage drawing, photography, collage and construction, Maher re-imagines the past, present and future of everyday surroundings. Maher holds a professional degree in architecture from Cornell University. In 2009, he established the FARGO HOUSE, an immersive sculptural environment within a house on Fargo Avenue that now serves as a forum for the intersection for art, architecture and civic engagement. Maher was selected as the 2012-2013 Artist in Residence at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Exhibitions of his work have also been presented at venues such as Black and White Gallery and Project Space (Brooklyn, NY), Pulse Miami Art Fair, Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT), Galeria Antoni Pinyol (Reus, Spain), Superfront LA, The Carnegie Center (Covington, KY) and Burchfield Penney Art Center (Buffalo, NY). Maher is a recipient of the NYFA Fellowship (2014), the Real Art Ways STEP UP Award (2011), the Black and White Project Space Prize (2010), a NYSCA Independent Projects Grant (2010), and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship (2008). He has been identified by the John R. Oishei Foundation as one of the emerging leaders of the city of Buffalo. Maher's work has been featured in NYTimes, Architectural Review, ARCHDaily, Architect Magazine and on the national radio program Smart City Radio. Maher is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at SUNY, University at Buffalo, where he has taught since 2004.
Kathy Callesto Kathy Callesto teaches in the Department of Architecture Technology at Erie Community College. She is a registered architect in New York State and specializes in beginning design instruction.
Jim Cordes Jim Cordes, woodworking artisan-in-residence at the Roycroft, has been designing and crafting furniture for over 20 years and is one of the founding members of a new artisan guild, The Arts & Craftsmen Guild.
Don Lee Don Lee teaches in the Department of Building Trades at Erie Community College. He has worked in numerous cabitnetmaking shops and specializes in teaching skills of carpentry and woodworking.
Steve Oubre Steve Oubre is the lead carpenter at the Darwin-Martin House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Mr. Oubre has a solid reputation as a leading furniture craftsman in the region.
Website Photography courtesy of David Schalliol, Biff Henrich, Ginny Rose-Stewart and Dennis Maher