The faculty in the School of Architecture and Planning is
composed of a mix of world-renowned scholars, leading architects
and planners, and a diverse range of adjunct faculty selected from
the professional community.
So Ra Baek is an urban planner whose research addresses the
intersection of public health and the built environment. In
particular she studies the role of race/ethnicity and acculturation
in relation to physical activity and neighborhood design.
Paul L. Battaglia, AIA, ASA, INCE, has been an Adjunct Associate
Professor at UB since 1985 teaching Architectural Lighting and
Acoustics.: Environmental Controls 2. He also teaches a seminar on
Aural Architecture and has taught Generic Building Types and
various architectural studios in the Millard Fillmore College.
Martha Bohm is a professor of architecture and the faculty lead for the GRoW Home, UB's award-winning entry in the 2015 Solar Decathlon. Her research and teaching intersect design, ecological practices, sustainability and environmental systems.
Sean Burkholder is an architect whose work coalesces around issues characteristic of the Great Lakes region, including urban vacancy, fresh-water ecosystems, infrastructural re-purposing, dredge material management and the urban/water interface.
Before joining the Department of Environmental Planning and
Design at UB in 1983, Professor Sam Cole worked in a wide variety
of national and international positions in national, urban, and
She is a founding partner of the office Davidson Rafailidis, established in 2009. The office does not distinguish between academic work and built work, applying the same standard of critical inquiry on both.
Gregory Delaney is a graduate of The Ohio State
University’s Knowlton School, where he earned his degrees
(B.S. in Architecture and M.A.S. in Criticism) and taught courses
in architecture and landscape architecture before moving to Buffalo
As an interdisciplinary scholar, he utilizes multiple theoretical and methodological lenses to interrogate issues related to urban health, public policy, environmental governance, land tenure, and sustainable urbanism in both Global North and South countries.
Miguel Guitart, Ph.D. is an architect and academic from Madrid,
Spain. He teaches as Clinical Associate Professor at the Department
of Architecture at the School of Architecture and Planning at the
University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
Zoé Hamstead, PhD is an assistant professor of
environmental planning. Her work is concerned with dynamics of
urban systems – in which a growing majority of the human
population is coming to reside – with a focus on climate
impacts and climate management.
Daniel B. Hess is studying housing design and planning solutions in post-Soviet cities across the Baltic States through a prestigious international fellowship. His research also addresses how the built environment influences travel behavior.
Joyce Hwang's research and creative practice confronts our contemporary ecologies, with current works incorporating wildlife habitats into constructed environments. She is a recipient of the 2014 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York.
Ashima Krishna is an architect and historic preservation planner
whose research spans the management of historic urban landscapes in
developing countries, adaptive reuse of religious historic
structures and landscapes, and world heritage sites in the
The work of Dennis Maher has ranged from a localized form of
civic activism and material experimentation to a synthetic
proposition for re-imagining the post-industrial environment
through a variety of modes and media.
Erkin Özay is a registered architect and an urbanist with a
research focus on urban asset distribution practices and their
spatial impacts on the city, with a specific concentration on the
design of educational environments.
Dr. Page’s research focuses on a variety of issues related
to environmental planning, which involves the study of how to use
the planning process to minimize the negative effects of the
natural environment on humans and of human settlements on the
Samina Raja’s is an international expert on the role of planning and policy in building sustainable food systems and healthy communities. She directs the School of Architecture and Planning's Food Lab, including its current work on a grant to build food systems in communities across the U.S.
Nicholas B. Rajkovich, PhD, AIA is an Assistant Professor at the
University at Buffalo. His research investigates the intersection
of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and adaptation to climate
Christopher Romano is a Research Assistant Professor at the
University at Buffalo, State University of New York and a
researcher within the Material Culture Research Group where he
co-directs the Sustainable Futures study abroad program in the
cloud forest of Costa Rica.
A native of Chicago, Bryce received his AB in Architecture Cum
Laude from Washington University in St. Louis (1982) and thereafter
studied at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture
and Planning, where he earned his Master of Architecture
(1985.) Subsequently he worked at several prominent New York
City firms, including Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and secured
his Architectural License in the State of New York prior to
establishing his own practice as well working in collaboration with
For four decades, Lynda H. Schneekloth has connected activism,
design practice, applied research, teaching, scholarship, and
academic service with deep theoretical work on the fundamental
dynamics of professional and citizen engagement in the practice of
Mark Shepard holds a joint appointment in the Departments of
Architecture and Media Study. He received a Master of Science in
Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, a Master of
Fine Arts in Combined Media from Hunter College, City University of
New York, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell
Robert Silverman applies urban planning to the study of the non-profit sector, the role of community-based organizations in urban neighborhoods, education reform, shrinking cities, and inequality in inner city housing markets.
Associate Professor Hadas A. Steiner received a Ph.D. in the
History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters degree in Art
History from University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of
Art in Architecture from Columbia University.
Edward H. Steinfeld is a pioneer and leading scholar in the field of universal design, or "design for all." His Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access has generated widely adopted research tools, products and design standards.
Despina Stratigakos is a historian and writer interested in the intersections of architecture and power. Her latest book, Hitler at Home, investigates the architectural and ideological construction of the Führer’s domesticity.
Beth Tauke is Associate Dean in the School of Architecture and
Planning at the University at Buffalo - State University of New
York, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, and
Project Director in the Center for Inclusive Design and
Environmental Access (IDEA), the leading research center on
universal design in the built environment in the U.S.
Dr. Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. research focuses on a
historical and contemporary analysis of distressed urban
neighborhoods, social isolation and race and class issues among
people of color, especially African Americans and
Kerry Traynor has been working in the field of historic
preservation for over 20 years. Professor Traynor has a diverse
background including work in the private and public sectors, as
well as in academia.
Brad Waleshas 28 years experience working years as
a sole practitioner registered in NY and NJ. His work focuses on
community-based green projects, focusing on mixed-use design,
streetscape and pocket park design, and passive solar design, with
an overall emphasis on issues of durability.
Sue Weidemann, PhD, is an environmental psychologist who, for
over 35 years, has studied the relationships between people and the
places and spaces they use, through her research, teaching, and
My research focuses on practical applications of spatial models,
joining amenity and location theory with applied GIS and simulation
methods to explore the complexity and dynamic processes of urban
systems for environmental planning, urban design, and sustainable