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Hayes Hall Comes to Life


A snapshot of recent activities inside Hayes Hall includes tours for local architects, a "hack-a-thon" style event for global health equity and a studio-based workshop on architectural ceramics.

Explore full coverage of the comprehensive renovation of UB's Hayes Hall, including a flurry of activity and excitement around the building's reopening this fall.

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The five-year renovation of Hayes Hall was a monumental and milestone effort for the university, school and community - and an object lesson in the principle that most great things are the product of collective effort and collaboration.


Across the eras, alumni, friends, students, faculty and community members came together to celebrate the legacy of the school as it marks 50 years from its founding. The conversation was equally forward-looking - the start of an important conversation about what's possible together.


To capture the spirit and sentiment of the Hayes Hall reopening events, we curated our writable glass walls as a building-wide “guest book.” What we got in return was inspirational.


Architecture and planning students are raving about the new design and technology upgrades.

Media Mentions

Buffalo Business First reports that UB’s Hayes Hall is on the recommended list for New York State Register of Historic Places.
An article reports UB’s most recognizable building – Hayes Hall – has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, and quotes Robert Shibley, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, and Kerry Traynor, clinical assistant professor of urban and regional planning who prepared the final National Register application with the state’s historic preservation office. “Hayes Hall has always been a celebrated landmark for the University at Buffalo and our surrounding region. Now, thanks to research and a nomination prepared by our faculty and students, it’s nationally recognized as a building of architectural significance,” Shibley said. “It’s a clear indicator of the university’s commitment to historic preservation and adaptive reuse.”
The Buffalo News posted a photo gallery of Hayes Hall to coincide with the building’s reopening ceremony on Friday. The gallery includes historic photos from University Archives. Additional photos and information on the cover on the paper’s City & Region section are not available online.
After a hiatus of several years, the beautiful, stately ring of Hayes Halls' Westminster chimes has returned to the University at Buffalo’s South Campus. The chimes — which sound every 15 minutes — were shut down in 2011 as the university began an extensive renovation of the iconic 1800s building and home to the School of Architecture and Planning. 

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