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Though “putting out the welcome mat to other species remains a curiously radical concept,” wrote MacKinnon, it fits a Zeitgeist of enthusiasm for urban ecology and wildlife, of celebrating nature’s possibilities not only in obviously nature-y places but also in our midst. It’s also practical. After all, even when people build without thinking of animals, the critters still come: house sparrows dwell in traffic lights, raccoons in chimneys, rats and pigeons just about everywhere. So why not design with them in mind?

In doing so, habitecture offers an important corrective to other twenty-first-century environmental trends. Even as nature-mindedness goes mainstream, discussions about sustainability largely focus on renewable energy and recycling and tend to overlook animals. Joyce Hwang, an architect at the University of Buffalo and designer of bird- and bat-sheltering habitat walls, calls that habit a “gap in the logic of sustainability.”

Check out the full article on Habitecture by Brandon Keim here (and thanks Brandon for the interview!).


Joyce Hwang, Ellen Driscoll, and Mackenzie Younger led a City as Living Laboratory WALK around New York’s Chinatown. Starting from Collect Pond Park and moving through Columbus Park, the WALK focused on how this neighborhood has evolved over time, considering its precious green spaces, the evolution of its landscape, the history and persistent mythologies around waste, and the symbiotic relationship between human and non-human habitats.

Many thanks to CaLL for inviting us to participate in their Fall WALK series, and thank you to everyone who came out for this event!


Image captured by camera trap, situated in Chicago as part of Ants of the Prairie’s research on urban habitat for “Outside Design” at SAIC, Sullivan Galleries (2015).


Joyce is honored to be part of the 2016 Steedman Fellowship Jury, together with Jury Chair Mason White, Deborah Berke, Elena Cánovas, and Jeff Ryan.

The Steedman Fellowship is a $50,000 research-travel prize awarded to an emerging architect, with a degree in architecture granted within the last eight years. The theme of this year’s Call for Proposals is “Adaptation.” See here for more info. Applications are due November 1.


Joyce is featured in Pregame Magazine as a “2016 Creative MVP!”




Thank you UB Reporter and Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning for sharing our project! Read about Bower here or here.


We are excited to share that Bower, our newest installation project, has been completed! Bower is a series of architectural fragments that frame the landscape of ArtPark and host bird nesting boxes for various species. The project also features custom-designed glass ‘windows’ composed of drawings and anti bird-strike patterning.

Bower is created in partnership with Ellen Driscoll, and in collaboration with Matthew Hume. Many, many thanks to Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory and ArtPark for commissioning the work. Big thanks also to Olivia Georgia (CaLL) for administering the project, to Sonia Kozlova Clark and Tanis Winslow (ArtPark) for facilitating the installation process at ArtPark, and to the UB School of Architecture and Planning for providing space and tools for construction.

The project would not be possible without an incredible team: Contractor and construction supervisor is Matthew Hume/Hume Projects; Fabrication and installation assistants are John Costello, Olivia Arcara, John Wightman, and Casey Hume; Biology/ecology consultants are Katharina Dittmar, Ph.D and Heather Williams; Structural consultant is Mark Bajorek, P.E.; Glass fabrication is by Moon Shadow Glass Inc.

Opening on August 11!



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Living on the Edge: Urban Animals at the Margins of Buildings” is published in Forty-Five, Journal of Outside Research. This piece features discussion and images of projects we created for “Outside Design” at SAIC Sullivan Galleries in the fall of 2015, as well as an insightful review by Stuart McLean. Thank you to editors Jonathan Solomon and David Hays!










Joyce was awarded a residency at the MacDowell Colony for the spring of 2016. Here is a glimpse of some of the work-in-progress from her studio.
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We are featured in Curbed! Check out this month’s edition of “The Architect’s City:” “Making Architecture Better for Animals” by Julia Cooke (Thanks Julia!).



FeedBack Lab is a collaboration formed by artists Andrea Frank and Emily Puthoff from SUNY New Paltz, atmospheric sciences researcher Jeff Freedman from SUNY Albany, and architect Joyce Hwang from University at Buffalo SUNY and Ants of the Prairie. We are thrilled to receive a SUNY Arts & Humanities Collaboration grant to work with the town of New Paltz, NY as a case study for envisioning, planning, and initiating focused development of sustainable town-planning ideas. More updates coming soon!

For now, check out our interactive map of New Paltz here. Credit goes to Han Du (UB SUNY) for her GIS work. Thank you also to Josh Simons of the Center for Research, Regional Engagement, and Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz for providing data.

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Joyce Hwang gives a keynote lecture at “Reinventing the Urban: Workshop on Habitecture for Wildlife,” a conference organized by the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto and the Department of Environmental Studies at York University. Thank you to Susan Ruddick for the invitation to be part of this event!

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Image by Habitecture Workshop organizers


Performing Parks is a design collective formed by Quilian Riano of DSGN AGNC (Team Lead), Adeola Enigbokan of Archiving the City, Annie Barrett of Annie Barrett Studio, Greg Mihalko of Partner & Partners, Joyce Hwang of ANTS OF THE PRAIRIE and writer and oral history-based artist Sukjong Hong.

We are excited to be commissioned by the National Park Service (NPS) and the Van Alen Institute to help facilitate workshops, synthesize workshop findings and ideas, and develop a range of strategies to shape two new National Parks in the northeast region: Coltsville National Historical Park in Hartford, Connecticut and First State National Historical Park, a collection of seven sites throughout Delaware. Coltsville and First State present an opportunity to push beyond preconceptions of what national parks — and any park or public space — can be, and to reimagine how these places shape and impact our everyday lives. Read more about this project, “Living Histories Workshops: Imagining the Future of National Parks.

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Photo by Van Alen Institute


Joyce is among 12 designers asked by Architect Magazine to forecast advancements in Architecture/Engineering/Construction. Check out “The Tech to Expect in Architecture in 2016.” Thanks to Wanda Lau for the invitation to contribute.


The Chicago edition of the Beyond Patronage Book Launch takes place at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries! Join us on December 1 starting at 5:30 pm! Featuring talks and a panel discussion with Ann Lui, Sean Lally, Amanda Williams, and Pablo Garcia. Co-organized and moderated by Joyce Hwang, Martha Bohm, and Gabrielle Printz.

This event is part of the Outside Design Exhibition, curated by Jonathan Solomon, and a Partner Program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

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Top photo by Iker Gil