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We are pleased to welcome three new members to the Dean’s Council, a leadership group of professionals in architecture, urban planning and real estate development that works in direct support of the mission of the school.


An architecture studio on refugee housing and newly built church and parish center in Madrid have earned two UB architecture faculty members national recognition as inspiring educators who creatively engage architectural practice and extend their work into the public sector.


Civil rights expert john a. powell told a packed house in Hayes Hall that the most destructive issue in American society is systemic racism.


Students in Jin Young Song’s fall studio spent the semester creating designs for a new UB Police headquarters that would foster good relations with students and the larger campus community.

Media Mentions

An article in The Washington Post about Donald Trump’s selection Monday of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development quotes Robert Silverman, professor of urban and regional planning, who predicted that Carson will reduce the level of scrutiny lenders face about how loans are distributed to minority groups. “Less regulation will allow them to originate loans they might consider higher-risk,” he said. The article also appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
A story in The Atlantic about the future of housing desegregation in a Donald Trump administration interviews Robert Silverman, professor of urban and regional planning in the School of Architecture and Planning. “The HUD Secretary can really set the tone in terms of making decisions about where resources are allocated, and where staff are provided to take on enforcement roles,” Silverman said.
An opinion piece by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown about the city’s renaissance and the process of choosing the best location to construct a new passenger train station notes that Robert Shibley, dean of the UB School of Architecture and Planning, agreed to facilitate discussions about the project within 24 hours of an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo of a $1 million investment in the planning process. “It was critically important to have someone of Shibley’s planning background and experience to help move this process along, guaranteeing that it would be  a thoughtful, in-depth and transparent consideration of the best location for such a facility,” he writes.
A story on WBFO-FM about the death of Fidel Castro at age 90 interviews Henry Louis Taylor, director of UB’s Center for Urban Studies and the author of “Inside El Barrio: A Bottom-Up View of Neighborhood Life in Castro’s Cuba.” Castro allowed neighborhoods to shape everyday life and culture, despite scarce resources, and that helped sustain his power at a time when other communist regimes collapsed, he said.



The School of Architecture and Planning invites the community inside its historic - and fully restored and renewed - home in Hayes Hall for an exciting spring 2017 lecture series.


Feb. 7, 2017

Students, dont' miss this career development opportunity. Learn about Buffalo's oldest architecture firm, receive career advice and learn about internship opportunities.


February 1, 2017

Learn how one local company is pioneering the use of robotis and automations in the construction industry. Sponsored by the Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies Community of Excellence (SMART).




Feb. 6 - 10, 2017

Professor john a. powell, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, comes to UB to  explore issues of race, equity and social justice in relation to the built environment.