COVID-19 Information

The School of Architecture and Planning is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and taking proactive and prudent measures at the direction of university leadership per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health, and the Erie County Department of Health. Our priority is to support the health and safety of our community, maintain continuity in our academic and research programs, and ensure students can complete their course requirements on schedule.

Submit a request for IT Support

Faculty, staff and students may send IT related questions and service requests to the School of Architecture and Planning's Virtual Help Desk: (716) 829-5332 or See our FAQs section for links to software and distance learning tools.

UB COVID-19 Information

Follow UB's COVID-19 Information dashboard for updates on the university's response and quick links to common questions on Health and safetyCampus lifeTravel guidelines | Employee FAQs

International Student Support

Please visit UB's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for information on visas, travel and other critical questions. We encourage you to contact Samina Raja, our associate dean for inclusive excellence, for additional support as we work through this time of uncertainty: or 716-829-5881.

Student Health Services

UB Health Services is providing guidance and information on services and supports available to students during the COVID-19 crisis. 





Services and support

Campus living




(Links to free software; instructions on connecting to distance learning tools such as WebEx, UBLearns, UBbox; Spectrum free internet for students, etc)

Sustaining social cohesion

Two students presenting their work at final reviews.

As architects and planners, we continually strive to create spaces and places where people belong. Today we draw on those values, principles, and disciplines to find ways to maintain a sense of community and cohesion in an extraordinary time that demands greater physical distance for our collective wellbeing.

We are heartened that although many of us have never experienced such a crisis, our faculty, staff, and students are rallying to support each other in this time. Our faculty are working hard to recreate collaborative learning experiences in virtual spaces and our staff are finding ways to support these efforts.

Class meetings over WebEx, critiques on Instagram, and moving design and making to “home studio”. Distance learning for hands-on programs like ours is far from ideal - but we're finding creative ways to get it done, take care of each other, and still have fun. 

Help us document and share your stories of resilience and adaptability by tagging photos, videos and posts on your Instagram feed: #bridgingthedistance #ubuffalostrong #ubuffaloarchplan #covid19 #coronavirus