As important moments go, you might say Michael Tunkey (BPS '00)
has had a bunch of them.
When Tunkey, now a principal at Cannon Design, was an
architecture student at UB, winding the four-faced clock in Hayes
Hall’s tower was, for a time, his job and his alone.
“You kind of had to go up the normal stairs,” he
recalls, “and then, almost like in that John Malkovich movie
(“Being John Malkovich”) where there were 8½
floors, you had to crawl through this weird little door and then go
through this hole.”
Since Tunkey graduated from UB in 2000, the hands of time have
reciprocated, taking good care of him. Though boyish-looking and
still thin enough to climb that tower again, he’s built in 15
short years the accomplished resume of an older architect,
contributing to Cannon’s growth through active design and
being a leader.
When Tunkey returned to Hayes Hall for a tour while it was being
restored, he remembered being a tired student in that building. But
the Hayes he recalled no longer existed except in his mind. Even
the presence of sunlight in the rafters on the fourth floor,
arresting evidence of a new skylight installed to illuminate an
airy loft-style studio marked a dramatic change from the days when
Tunkey roamed the building as a student.
Tunkey was delighted by what he saw. Pulling out his smart phone
to shoot a photo through the new skylight of the clock he used to
wind, he smiled. It was like he’s quoted saying on
Cannon’s website: “I’ve never met anyone who
didn’t enjoy a quiet room with a sunny view.”
--Excerpted from At