BUFFALO, N.Y. – The United States-United Kingdom Fulbright
Commission has selected Dylan Burns, a sophomore architect major at
the University at Buffalo, to participate in its Fulbright Summer
Institute to study at Nottingham Trent University.
This summer, the commission will send 61 freshman and sophomore
students from 50 universities across the U.S. to the UK for a
three-to-six-week academic, cultural and social program at some of
the country’s top educational institutions.
Burns, a Presidential Scholar in the Honors College, is the
first UB student to participate in the Fulbright’s UK Summer
He will join seven other students from around the U.S. in a
four-week architecture and model-making program at Nottingham Trent
University. While there, he will explore the architectural culture
of Nottingham and work on a design project around it, all while
soaking in the history of the Midlands.
“I have lived in Buffalo my entire life and I’ve
rarely left. Preparing to study abroad feels like I’m
readying for a long-awaited adventure,” says Burns, a City
Honors School graduate. “Without the Honors College and my
advisers at UB, I would not have pursued his
Conceived by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of
World War II, the Fulbright program strives to promote leadership,
learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.
Participating students are chosen not only for their academic
achievements, but for their dedication to their local communities
and a desire to act as ambassadors for their respective
Burns’ work already has been recognized by UB’s
School of Architecture and Planning. He has received the
program’s Hyatt Award and Design Excellence Award, both
presented to a freshman who displays outstanding design
“It is rare to see a young man who is so well-rounded and
so accomplished,” says Beth Tauke, assistant professor of
architecture who taught Burns’ first studio course.
“Dylan has been an active advocate for the improvement and
welfare of the department, school, university and, especially, his
own studio group,” Tauke says. “Because of this
generosity of spirit, Dylan is respected here for his warmth and
When not spending countless hours in the studio, Burns said he
enjoys cycling, skiing and volunteering with community
revitalization projects like those undertaken by Habitat for
Humanity. His extensive work in Buffalo neighborhoods grew from his
interest in how architecture interacts with the surrounding
“Architecture should not be its own entity where buildings
are designed and plopped down wherever,” says Burns, who also
is pursuing a minor in environmental design.
“The environment and culture surrounding the building
should be considered as well.”
When Burns returns to Buffalo in the fall, he hopes to have a
fresh perspective on the role of architecture and design, and a
host of new ideas that he can use to help improve the city.