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
The School of Architecture and Planning is housed in historic
Hayes and Crosby Halls on UB's South Campus. Our state-of-the-art
facilities and academic resources include the latest technology in
digital fabrication and computing to a specialized library for
architecture and planning.
The Buffalo School was created half a century ago as a direct
challenge to orthodox design education. We live those original
principles today, committed to architecture and planning as
interdisciplinary problem-solving enterprises, rooted in social
engagement, nourished by research-in-practice, animated by making
and doing, and committed to meeting the needs of clients,
communities, and society in an increasingly complex urban
The School of Architecture and Planning and the University at
Buffalo offer a range of financial support opportunities for
students. Resources range from financial aid to scholarships to
Both programs in architecture and planning offer competitive and
nominative scholarships and fellowships to support your academic
pursuits. Scholarships and fellowships are awarded on a highly
The Dean’s Council is a leadership group of friends of the
School of Architecture and Planning dedicated to raising
the global profile of the school and advancing its academic
programs and research enterprise. Members of the Dean’s
Council include distinguished alumni and leading
professionals, from firm executives to educators. As champions of
the Buffalo School, members leverage their diverse expertise and
leadership positions to forge new connections and build the
school's network of support.
Share news of your personal and professional accomplishments as
we celebrate our impact around the globe. We also encourage
you to stay connected with the Buffalo School community by engaging
in our alumni programs. We are extremely excited about where we are
headed together and welcome your continued energy in the adventure.
The Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, in partnership
with local chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the
American Planning Association, has developed a Professional Mentor
Program for alumni and friends to share their experiences and
advice with current students.
Search job and internship opportunities in architecture and
planning. The following openings require varying levels of
education and experience and have been posted by employers on UB
Career Services' BullsEye system.
The faculty in the School of Architecture and Planning is
composed of a mix of world-renowned scholars, leading architects
and planners, and a diverse range of adjunct faculty selected from
the professional community.
Irene Ayad, who received her Ph.D. from Cornell University, is
an architectural historian and urbanist with particular interest in
20th century western and non-western architecture as well as in
community development and historic preservation.
So-Ra Baek's primary research areas of interest include the
connection between public health and the built environment and the
role of race/ethnicity and acculturation in the relationship
between physical activity and neighborhood design.
Paul L. Battaglia, AIA, has been an Adjunct Associate Professor
at UB since 1985 teaching Lighting and Acoustics: Environmental
Controls 2. He also teaches a seminar on Aural Architecture and has
taught Generic Building Types and various architectural studios in
the Millard Fillmore College.
Martha Bohm is a professor of architecture and the faculty lead for the GRoW Home, UB's award-winning entry in the 2015 Solar Decathlon. Her research and teaching intersect design, ecological practices, sustainability and environmental systems.
Before joining the Department of Environmental Planning and
Design at UB in 1983, Professor Sam Cole worked in a wide variety
of national and international positions in national, urban, and
Stephanie Davidson studied Fine Art at Mount Allison University,
Canada (BFA, 2000) and architecture at Dalhousie University, Canada
(BEDS, 2002; MArch 2005) and the Architectural Association, London
Gregory Delaney is a graduate of The Ohio State
University’s Knowlton School, where he earned his degrees
(B.S. in Architecture and M.A.S. in Criticism) and taught courses
in architecture and landscape architecture before moving to Buffalo
Miguel Guitart, PhD. is an architect and academic from Madrid,
Spain. He teaches as Visiting Associate Professor at the Department
of Architecture at the School of Architecture and Planning at the
University at Buffalo, SUNY.
Daniel B. Hess is studying housing design and planning solutions in post-Soviet cities across the Baltic States through a prestigious international fellowship. His research also addresses how the built environment influences travel behavior.
Joyce Hwang's research and creative practice confronts our contemporary ecologies, with current works incorporating wildlife habitats into constructed environments. She is a recipient of the 2014 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York.
Coryn Kempster studied art and architecture at the University of
Toronto and earned his M.Arch from MIT. Before relocating to
Buffalo he practiced in Basel, Switzerland for seven years, first
as an Architect at Herzog & de Meuron and later as a Project
Director at Harry Gugger Studio. Between these two offices he
designed numerous museum projects, each of which shares a
particular focus on a sequence of novel public spaces as the
organizing principle for the design of the building. Notable
museums include the Kolkata Museum of Modern Art (HdeM) and the
Museo Maya de America in Guatemala (HGS), both currently under
Ashima Krishna is an architect, historic preservation planner
and educator. Her research focuses on three broad areas related to
cultural heritage and its preservation: the management of historic
urban landscapes in developing countries like India, issues in
adaptively reusing religious historic structures and landscapes,
and contemporary problems with world heritage sites in the
The work of Dennis Maher has ranged from a localized form of
civic activism and material experimentation to a synthetic
proposition for re-imagining the post-industrial environment
through a variety of modes and media.
Erkin Özay is a registered architect and an urbanist with a
research focus on urban asset distribution practices and their
spatial impacts on the city, with a specific concentration on the
design of educational environments.
Dr. Page’s research focuses on a variety of issues related
to environmental planning, which involves the study of how to use
the planning process to minimize the negative effects of the
natural environment on humans and of human settlements on the
Nicholas B. Rajkovich, PhD, AIA is an Assistant Professor at the
University at Buffalo. His research investigates the intersection
of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and adaptation to climate
Samina Raja’s is an international expert on the role of planning and policy in building sustainable food systems and healthy communities. She directs the Buffalo School's Food Lab, including its current work on a grant to build food systems in communities across the U.S.
Christopher Romano is a Research Assistant Professor at the
University at Buffalo, State University of New York and a
researcher within the Material Culture Research Group where he
co-directs the Sustainable Futures study abroad program in the
cloud forest of Costa Rica.
For four decades, Lynda H. Schneekloth has connected activism,
design practice, applied research, teaching, scholarship, and
academic service with deep theoretical work on the fundamental
dynamics of professional and citizen engagement in the practice of
Mark Shepard holds a joint appointment in the Departments of
Architecture and Media Study. He received a Master of Science in
Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, a Master of
Fine Arts in Combined Media from Hunter College, City University of
New York, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell
Dr. Silverman's research focuses on the non-profit sector, the
role of community-based organizations in urban neighborhoods,
education reform, shrinking cities, and inequality in inner city
Associate Professor Hadas A. Steiner received a Ph.D. in the
History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters degree in Art
History from University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of
Art in Architecture from Columbia University.
Edward H. Steinfeld is a pioneer and leading scholar in the field of universal design, or "design for all." His Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access has generated widely adopted research tools, products and design standards.
Despina Stratigakos is a historian and writer interested in the intersections of architecture and power. Her latest book, Hitler at Home, investigates the architectural and ideological construction of the Führer’s domesticity.
Beth Tauke is Associate Dean in the School of Architecture and
Planning at the University at Buffalo - State University of New
York, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, and
Project Director in the Center for Inclusive Design and
Environmental Access (IDEA), the leading research center on
universal design in the built environment in the U.S.
Dr. Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. research focuses on a
historical and contemporary analysis of distressed urban
neighborhoods, social isolation and race and class issues among
people of color, especially African Americans and
Kerry Traynor has been working in the field of historic
preservation for over 20 years. Professor Traynor has a diverse
background including work in the private and public sectors, as
well as in academia.
Brad Waleshas 28 years experience working years as
a sole practitioner registered in NY and NJ. His work focuses on
community-based green projects, focusing on mixed-use design,
streetscape and pocket park design, and passive solar design, with
an overall emphasis on issues of durability.
Sue Weidemann, PhD, is an environmental psychologist who, for
over 35 years, has studied the relationships between people and the
places and spaces they use, through her research, teaching, and
My research focuses on practical applications of spatial models,
joining amenity and location theory with applied GIS and simulation
methods to explore the complexity and dynamic processes of urban
systems for environmental planning, urban design, and sustainable
Research at the Buffalo School
Our scholarship and creative activities push the boundaries
of knowledge in architecture and planning and promote
innovation in the professions.
Buffalo School professors Beth Tauke and Korydon Smith, and
architectural historian and alum Charles Davis are co-editors of
Diversity and Design, a widely anticipated publication to
help students understand and creatively address issues surrounding
social diversity in design practice.
Civil rights leader Shirley Sherrod shared her powerful message
of hope and resiliency amid overwhelming obstacles as part of a
food justice event organized this week by the Food Lab in the
FALSE POSITIVE by architecture and media study professor
Mark Shepard deploys text messaging and 'stealth infrastructure' to
heighten awareness of the data we generate through the course of
our daily lives and how it can be used by evermore
sophisticated forms of profiling.
Architecture professor Joyce Hwang celebrates and centralizes
urban wildlife in a trio of projects on display at the "Outside
Design" exhibition as part of the inaugural Chicago
Architecture Biennial, which runs through December 19.