Engage the World

Whether testing ideas in Buffalo or engaging the built landscape of Barcelona, the School of Architecture and Planning offers a global academic experience.

With the most extensive study abroad participation levels at the University at Buffalo, the School of Architecture and Planning offers diverse, life-changing travel opportunities for students.

Our exchange programs include three European universities, allowing students to complete a semester of coursework while immersed in the local culture and environment of Aarhus, Denmark or Weimar, Germany.

Similarly, global summer studios, led by faculty from the School of Architecture and Planning, engage buildings, cities, and countries with striking natural, constructed, and cultural landscapes. In 10 weeks of in-studio and on-site experiences, students build knowledge, deepen friendships, and expand their perspectives. In Spain, Costa Rica, Ireland, or Japan, summer abroad participants can graduate early and prepare for careers in an increasingly global field.

Students can also participate in short-term study-abroad trips. From exploring transportation in Estonia to experimenting with new construction methods in China, the School of Architecture and Planning offers a variety of focused, short-term international experiences. These programs allow students and faculty to engage pressing social, technological, economic, and environmental challenges in architecture and planning.

10/8/18
Shortly after earning her Master of Architecture from UB's School of Architecture and Planning, Lemma Al-Ghanem headed to Jordan to join a humanitarian organization’s effort to build a sustainable classroom in Azraq Village.
6/10/16

Over one week in late May, teams of University at Buffalo students representing a range of fields —architecture and planning, engineering, public health, chemistry, computer science, pharmacy and management — put their heads together to develop actionable ideas to help solve this problem in two countries with critical need: India and Uganda.

9/2/18
A story on Spectrum News interviews Robert Shibley, dean of the UB School of Architecture and Planning, about Buffalo’s legendary architecture, which is featured in a 15-minute short documentary, “See It Through Buffalo,” that is being shown in Venice, Italy, at the Time, Space and Existence Exhibit. The article notes that the film highlights Buffalo as a city-wide classroom for UB architectural students. "We live in a city of really good bones. Bones given to us by Frederick Law Olmsted. Bones given to us by Joseph Ellicott when he gave us the radial street plan,” he said, adding that the school is building on the momentum from the international exposure and plan to release a book about the school’s partnership with the city.
6/3/16

Imagine redesigning a city in only 2 days. That’s exactly what American and Estonian students did recently as part of a summer study abroad program in Estonia under the direction of urban and regional planning faculty member Daniel B. Hess.

Domestic travel is an important element of the School of Architecture and Planning experience, as well. The United States is a vast and varied nation with remarkable buildings, exemplary cities and awe-inspiring landscapes. From day trips and short-distance, weekend excursions to multi-week, cross-country tours, domestic travel opportunities are offered every semester to students at all levels.

2/14/13

Twenty-one architecture students spent winter break traveling throughout the southern U.S. on a trip designed to expose students to architecture in their own country.

Additionally, our faculty practice and conduct research around the world, from Spain to India to South Korea, offering students one-of-a-kind opportunities for independent research. Through fellowships and a jam-packed lecture series offered every semester, the school brings in leading scholars and practitioners from around the world to teach, conduct research, participate in events and serve as critics.

The School of Architecture and Planning is a global community. In addition to an internationally-trained faculty, UB is one of the top universities in the nation for international enrollment. Our diverse student body brings the world into our programs and supports a culture of inclusiveness.