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 a civically engaged artist, designer and educator. He constructs fantastic places from assembled fragments of the world, imagining and actualizing new possibilities for the built environment through the synthesis of art, design and construction. His practice, which includes teaching, research and other educational activities, provides opportunities for people to experience the impacts of art and architecture, to understand—and contribute to—the overlay of stories and places over time, to learn new skills in construction and design, and to deploy those skills through collaborative projects that help to shape the future of the built environment and the lives therein. In 2009, Maher established the FARGO HOUSE, an immersive sculptural environment within his own house on Fargo Avenue in Buffalo, a site that has become a locus for creative, community engaged learning. In 2015, he founded ASSEMBLY HOUSE 150, a not-for-profit center for art, design and construction where he directs the SACRA construction skills training program. Exhibitions of Maher’s work have been presented at venues nationally and internationally, including at the Mattress Factory Art Museum (Pittsburgh, PA), Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (Shenzhen, China), Black and White Gallery and Project Space (Brooklyn, NY), Pulse Miami Art Fair, and Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT), and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, where he was the 2012-2013 Artist-in-Residence. 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). His work has been featured in NYTimes, Sculpture Magazine, Art Monthly, Architectural Review, and ARCHDaily. Maher is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at SUNY, University at Buffalo, where he has taught since 2004.
Daniel Salomon, Lead Instructor Daniel Salomon received his professional degree in architecture from Cornell University and also studied at the School of Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME. Salomon worked as an instructional technician and shop supervisor at Cornell from 2014 - 2016. He is currently conducting research on design/build schools within North America.
Alexandra Johnston, Program Coordinator Alexandra Johnston holds a dual degree in Architecture and Art History from Yale University. She is a founding member of the SACRA Advisory Council and has a strong interest in design thinking and the construction arts.
Quincy Koczka, Assistant Instructor Quincy Koczka is a graduate student in the Department of Architecture at University at Buffalo where he studies in the Material Culture research group. His research work engages material assemblies and processes of construction.
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 Campus in East Aurora, NY, has been designing and crafting furniture for over 20 years. He is one of the founding members of The Arts & Craftsmen Guild.
Steve Oubre Steve Oubre is the lead carpenter at the Darwin-Martin House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Mr. Oubre is widely regarded as a leading cabinet maker and furniture craftsman in the region.
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Website Photography courtesy of David Schalliol, Biff Henrich, Ginny Rose-Stewart and Dennis Maher