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Come to the Buffalo School

'Buffalo: America's Best Designed City.' The story of Buffalo, New York's world-class urban design and how today's generation is rediscovering and restoring America's "best designed city." Hear from leaders of today's urban renaissance in Buffalo, including Dean Robert Shibley, developers, planners and community activists. Video courtesy of John Paget, Paget Films

Come to the Buffalo School and work hard on the pressing planning problems and design opportunities of our time. A professional school within a research university, UB's School of Architecture and Planning advances the study and practice of our disciplines through experiential learning and research.

Our binational Buffalo Niagara region is an ideal site of investigation for research and practice in architecture and planning, even as our reach extends around the globe. Focused on the built, social and cultural landscape at all scales, we work to establish the conditions for architects and planners to create more just, equitable, sustainable and well-designed environments. Earn a quality, affordable education at SUNY's only accredited school of architecture and planning.

Study under Internationally Distinguished Faculty

Internationally Distinguished Faculty

Work with our internationally distinguished faculty in fields as diverse as inclusive design, food systems planning and situated technologies. Accomplished scholars and experienced practitioners, our faculty are constantly shaping the global frontiers of knowledge in architecture and planning. 

Push the Boundaries of Research

B/W one of the projects of department

Together we seek to push the boundaries of research and knowledge in architecture and planning to create a more beautiful, sustainable and equitable world. Engage in built works, creative activities, applied research and scholarship in our state-of-the-art facilities and our community laboratories.

Collaborate across the Disciplines

The triumvirate

We are a shared enterprise concerned with the design of the built environment at all scales - from objects and buildings to neighborhoods and regions. Our programs in architecture and planning engage in robust intellectual dialogue through joint studios, research partnerships, dual degrees and school-wide activities such as our public lecture series. 

Work in a Cool City

Chris Romano conducts a tour of Silo City

Build and test your ideas here in Buffalo, our primary site of investigation. The city's world-class architecture and urban design includes Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, the Martin House Complex, Louis Sullivan's Guaranty Building and Frederick Law Olmsted's park and parkway system. In the midst of economic transition and rebirth, the Buffalo region offers a built and social landscape ripe for experimentation and intervention.

Engage the World


Take your scholarship global and travel the world, from Latin America to Asia, through our study abroad program, the largest at UB. Join an increasingly international student body that brings the world into our programs and supports a culture of inclusiveness. Engage in global-scale research on the planning and design opportunities of our time. 

Join our Lively and Diverse Community


Whichever academic path you pursue, you'll join a lively, diverse community defined by its culture of inclusiveness, camaraderie and collaboration.