A Diverse School of Architecture and Planning

The School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo is committed to becoming a leader in diversity and inclusion within both the university and architecture and planning educational communities.

Our goals in diversity programming extend to recruitment, retention and post-graduate support. To advance these goals, the school participates in an array of programs in the community.

Fostering a culture of inclusion in our learning environments is essential for educating students who will work and live in an increasingly diverse culture. Broadening the diversity of those who study, teach, research, and practice architecture and planning ensures that a wider variety of diverse needs will be met through these professions. 

Our Diversity Statement

The School of Architecture and Planning is committed to supporting students and faculty who embrace diversity and inclusion as catalysts for meaningful social change. We recognize that the planning and design of environments affect all people, including those who are underrepresented, and that when the population of architects and planners is more diverse, the environments they shape better reflect and serve our communities. The school supports diversity and inclusion in student recruitment, course content, student organizations, school policies, faculty search processes, faculty scholarship, study abroad programming and student support.

Programs and Initiatives in Diversity

Architecture + Education

Sponsored by the Buffalo Architecture Foundation, the Architecture + Education program pairs graduate architecture students and practicing architects in the community with public school teachers to infuse architecture into the curriculum.

Recent News on the Program

Tech Savvy

Faculty and staff in the School of Architecture and Planning have played a lead role in Tech Savvy, a university-wide program designed to inspire middle school girls to pursue careers in science, engineering, technology, and math areas through fun workshops.  

Architecture and Design Academy

In collaboration with Buffalo Public Schools, the American Institute of Architects and LPCiminelli, the School of Architecture and Planning launched the Architecture and Design Academy to infuse architecture and design literacy in Buffalo schools through a rigorous curriculum. Through the innovative academy, students in grades 9 – 12 receive a liberal arts education while developing skills in fine and graphic arts, including drawing from observation and modeling. The program has been in place at Buffalo's International Preparatory School.


Contact us for more information about our programs and initiatives in diversity:

Shannon Phillips

Director of Diversity Initiatives
130 Hayes Hall
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