Joseph Swerdlin

Joseph Swerdlin

New York, NY, US



Joey Swerdlin has studied Architecture and German at the University at Buffalo. As a student leader, he co-organized and assisted in the execution over 70 social and academic events including faculty workshops and lectures, campus-wide socials, review sessions, faculty and student exhibitions, and architecture symposia. Finding his way as a young architectural designer, there is a constant, critical exploration and inquiry into the myriad aspects within the discipline. Currently, Joey is a Production Intern at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City.



Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, NY, US, Production Intern

Assist with installing/deinstalling exhibitions.
Gallery maintenance.
Office furniture design/construction.
Library organization.

May 2013 - current

Ants of the Prairie, Buffalo, NY, US, Concept, Fabrication, + Installation Collaborator

"Bat Tower" structure installation in Griffis Sculpture Park, East Otto, NY.

"Habitat Wall" concept designer + fabrication collaborator.

"Bat Cloud" installation in Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo, NY.

Jan 2013 - current

University at Buffalo Digital Media Group, Buffalo, NY, US, Fabrication + Print Lab Assistant

CNC, laser cutter, 3D printer, plotters, and printers operation/maintenance.
Assist faculty and students through digital fabrication process.

May 2011 - May 2013

University at Buffalo Campus Living, Buffalo, NY, US, Resident Advisor/Academic Assistant

Establish strong, positive sense of community among 30 college students each year.
Create, market, and execute over 60 social, academic, needs-based events.
Hold office hours for tutoring architecture students.
Document and report inappropriate actions of residents.
Ensure that all residents' bathroom tissue needs are adequately satisfied.

May 2009 - May 2013

Wendel Companies, Buffalo, NY, US, Architecture Intern

DD, CD, site visits for various projects.
Production table and shelving unit for Wendel Companies Amherst Office design.
As built drawings.
Material research.
Library organization.

May 2012 - Aug 2012

Royalton Millwork and Design, Lockport, NY, US, Assistant to Cabinetmaker

Assisted in the high-precision process of cabinet making.

May 2010 - Aug 2010


University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, US, Bachelors, Architecture

BS Architecture with German Minor.

Assisted with various faculty research projects/exhibitions/installations including Joyce Hwang's Bat Tower and Bat Cloud, Jordan Geiger's Very Large Organizations WUHO Exhibition, and Omar Khan and Laura Garofalo's Flow Wall Pavilion.

Served in various student leadership positions including AIAS Secretary, Resident Advisor, and Academic Assistant.

Enjoyed free-time taking weekend trips to various cities/sites around Buffalo, playing soccer, frisbee, and handball and enjoying time with friends.

Aug 2008 - May 2013

Technical University Darmstadt, Darmstadt, DE, German Language and Culture

Summer school program included an intensive German writing and speaking class along with weekly trips to different cities in Hessen as well as a week trip to Berlin.

After the conclusion of the program, a travel trip included visiting Cologne, Stuttgart, Brussels, Utrecht, Amsterdam, and Barcelona.

Jun 2011 - Jul 2011


Program of the Year, 1st Place

Top event idea and execution for, "Zoo-chitecture" awarded by University at Buffalo's Campus Living. In collaboration with Natalie Carpenter and Alyssa Phelps.


Academic Performance Award, Award

Highest overall GPA in class.


Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Award of Distinction, Award

Awarded for outstanding architectural research for undergraduate thesis, "Drawing from LeWitt."


Chair's Award, Award

Consistent high caliber design work performed in design studios.


Alpha Rho Chi Medal, Award

In recognition of professionalism in leadership, service, and merit.


Tremco/AIA Scholarship, Scholarship

Top studio design for envelope study.


Research and Creative Activities Grant., Grant

Grant awarded for undergraduate Honor's Thesis, "Drawing from LeWitt."


Nina Tretiak-Shields Scholarship, Scholarship

Scholarship for studying abroad in Germany awarded by University at Buffalo's Study Abroad Office.


Gallatin Study Abroad Scholarship, Scholarship

Scholarship for studying abroad in Germany awarded by University at Buffalo's Honors College.


German Study Abroad Scholarship, Scholarship

Scholarship for studying abroad in Germany awarded by University at Buffalo's German Department.


Areas of Specialization