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Architecture professor Joyce Hwang is one of six recipients of the 2017 Urban Edge Award from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. The recognition put Hwang on site in the City of Milwaukee for a series of site studies on adaptive reuse strategies along the Kinnickinnic River corridor. 


One has spent the past 12 years helping to rebuild Ground Zero. The other applies the tools of urban planning to help fight epidemics from Ethiopia to Afghanistan. Both are alums of the School of Architecture and Planning and among this year’s winners of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UB Alumni Association.

Teams of UB graduate students in real estate development, architecture, and urban planning recently presented recommendations for how three centrally-located parking lots in downtown Buffalo could eventually be redeveloped.

Events range from a talk addressing malnutrition among children in developing countries, to hosting leaders from across the Western Hemisphere for the biennial meeting of the Interamerican Network for Healthy Habitats.

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.



May 4, 2017

6 Minute Building Stories (6Mbs) is an informal and fun gathering featuring presentations by esteemed speakers from diverse cultural disciplines. Speakers present their building story through 18 images. 


May 10, 2017

Max Page, professor of architecture and director of historic preservation initiatives at UMass Amherst, will give a talk on his brand new book Why Preservation Matters.  


May 8, 2017

The culmination of the first-year design-build experience, "Reflection Space" presents a series of small structures by freshman architecture students, to be located on a walking trail in Silo City, along the Buffalo River. Join us for the opening exhibit and reception.


April 27, 2017

Join us "History Re-storied," a public lecture with Wang Hui, principal architect and co-founder of URBANUS Architecture & Design Inc., based in Shenzhen, China.