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BUFFALO, NY: Buffalo Architecture Foundation, Inc. (BAF), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) public charity, announces the third 6Mbs: 6 Minutes Building Stories, which will be hosted at The Hotel Lafayette on April 25th, 2013. 6Mbs will be an informal, fun gathering featuring presentations by esteemed speakers from diverse cultural disciplines sharing profound experiences with architecture, construction, landscape, art, theater, planning etc. throughout Western New York.

The event will be heldin The Greenhouse Room at The Hotel Lafayette at 391 Washington Street in Buffalo from 6:30-8:30 pm. Admission is free. Drinks will be available for purchase through a Cash Bar at the event.

BAF Past-President and current Secretary, Denise Juron-Borgese stated “The Building Stories program highlights the power of place in our everyday lives; every building has a story.” BAF Vice President and 6Mbs Chair, Bhakti Sharma added “The wonderful line-up of speakers for this event promises a truly dynamic, enlightening and entertaining evening.”

Speakers include Patrick Finan, Founder and Principal of Block Club and City Dining Cards; Bob Shibley, Professor and Dean of UB School of Architecture and Planning; Monica Pellegrino Faix,Executive Director of the Richardson Center Corporation; Max Collins, Photographer and Public Artist; Scott Behrend,Artistic/Executive Director and co-founder of Road Less Traveled Productions; Aimee Buyea, co-founder of Buffalo Sugar City; Tracy Dunliak, Owner of Great Lakes Art Conservation; Dana Saylor, Artist, Designer, and Founder of Old Time Roots; Kristine Conroy, author of Impractical Cartography; Kelly Hayes McAlonie, Interim Associate Vice Provost and Director, Capital Planning Group at University at Buffalo; Paul McDonnell, Director of Facilities, Planning and Construction for Buffalo Public Schools; Jonathan Morris, Principal of Carmina Wood Morris; Gerald Mead, Independent curator, arts writer and appointed member of the Buffalo Arts Commission.

The event is sponsored by: Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, Landmark Wealth Management, Baer & Associates Construction Consultants, H&M Plumbing and Mechanical Contracting, Inc., Bailey & Harris Architects, Prentice Office Environments, Globalquest Solutions, Inc. and the AIA Buffalo/WNY Chapter.

About Buffalo Architecture Foundation:

Buffalo Architecture Foundation invites the community to discover architecture, to become stewards of the built environment and to advocate for design excellence. This mission is implemented through the organization’s primary programs: Architecture+Education, an innovative collaboration between local architects and public educators dedicated to inspiring our youth; the Pro Bono Publico Award, which recognizesexemplary pro bono architectural services provided to not-for-profit groups; andBuildings Stories.

Established with the generous support of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Buffalo/Western New York chapter, Buffalo Architecture Foundation is committed to nurturing creative cooperation with the AIA and other regional cultural organizations to inspire the exploration and appreciation of architecture and how it shapes our lives.

BAF invites you to become involved and discover how architecture shapes our lives in a multitude of ways. There are many opportunities for you to be a part of BAF’s important mission. Join them in “building appreciation from the ground up”. All donations great and small are welcome and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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