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Paper fibers as the basis of habitable structures? Architects and planners paired with epidemiologists for global health equity? Building robots for safer, smarter construction sites? Mobilizing sustainable development through a citizen planning academy? Through a pedagogy of research-based practice in the studio and community, we ask the questions that push boundaries, cross disciplines and create connections. 

5/9/18
UB administrators, faculty and staff will need to act with intentionality and university-wide coordination to integrate diversity and inclusion more deeply into all aspects of university operations.
6/14/18

The documentary short produced by the School of Architecture and Planning for the Time Space Existence exhibition in Venice offers a poetic visual experience of the city’s urban context and the school’s complex relationship to it over the past five decades.

7/11/18
Henry Louis Taylor Jr., UB professor of urban planning, has received the Urban Affairs Association's 2018 Marilyn J. Gittell Activist Scholar Award in recogntion of his more than 40 years of research-driven activism for distressed urban communities.
7/27/18

A glorious "moonbow," or lunar rainbow, would shine over Niagara Falls during full moons - if it weren't for light pollution. An editorial published by Ernest Sternberg argues a binational effort to dim the lights could create something beautiful, and invigorate tourism. 

Our pursuit of research as core curriculum is situated with a broad inter-disciplinary approach that reaches across the University at Buffalo, a flagship campus of The State University of New York and one of 34 public research universities in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Specializations in planning and graduate research groups in architecture infuse studios and seminars with inquiry into topics as diverse as historic preservation, urban design, ecological practices and the relationship of the built environment to computational technologies. Five research centers, including the internationally renowned Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, reinforce the school’s research enterprise. In 2017, the School of Architecture and Planning generated over $4 million in research expenditures, placing us among the top 3 of all schools of architecture and planning in the prestigious AAU.

Top in Research

In 2017, the School of Architecture and Planning generated over $4 million in research expenditures, placing us among the top 3 of all schools of architecture and planning in the prestigious AAU.

The School of Architecture and Planning approaches design and planning research in relation to its socioeconomic, environmental, cultural, and technological contexts. From collaborative research projects to dual degrees, our planning and architecture programs ally with fields including engineering, fine arts, public health, law and business administration. A research-based curriculum also opens our programs to hands-on engagement with partners in the profession and community.

For our students, this culture of inquiry inculcates reflective practice and enterprise and paves a more seamless transition into the profession. For practitioners, it creates inlets to the academy and forums for in situ research. Together, the School of Architecture and Planning and its research partners are developing widely cited design and planning standards and speculative studies that push the limits of our disciplines.