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Two UB architecture professors are among this year’s recipients of the Architectural League of New York’s annual Emerging Voices awards.

The School of Architecture and Planning is taking Buffalo’s story of place – and its place within it - to the world as an invited exhibitor at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The six-month event is the world’s largest and premier exhibit of architecture and design.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — During the day, light pours in from two sides through the more than 72,000 holes laser-precision drilled into the stainless steel panels that veil the building’s façade.

Twenty-nine students crisscrossed the boroughs on a dizzying two-day excursion that included site visits to signature development projects, a chance to see the inner workings of major employers, and networking opportunities with alumni at work across the professions.

Media Mentions

A story on KJZZ-FM in Phoenix interviews Nicolas Rajkovich, assistant professor of architecture in the UB School of Architecture and Planning, about a study he and a colleague from Arizona State University are conducting to learn how extreme weather impacts American cities – on both the hot and cold side of the spectrum. “When you look at the city of Buffalo, one of the things that we do well is to deal with things on the cold side. On the flip side, we don’t have a lot of houses with air conditioning, so as we look to the future with climate change, there’s a real concern that as we have higher heat days, days over 90 [degrees], how do we start to prepare for that?” he said.
Writing in The Atlantic, Despina Stratigakos, professor of architecture and author of “Hitler at Home,” explains the pitfalls of writing about fascists in a way that normalizes them. The piece was written in response to the controversial New York Times profile of white nationalist Tony Hovater and places the Hovater profile within the context of the puff pieces popular media outlets wrote about Hitler’s domestic life in the 1930s. “The deeply rooted cultural belief that we reveal our true selves at home gave these accounts the veneer of authenticity. And it was precisely this uncritical attitude that allowed not only Hitler’s PR team but also Hollywood agents to use such domestic profiles to mold their clients’ images and sweep any unpleasantness under the rug,” Stratigakos writes.
An article on Architecture Design about gentrification of Buffalo’s East Side and West Side and concerns among municipalities that feel stuck between the need to generate tax revenue through development and the fear of displacing residents when rents rise as a result of the increased development interviews Henry Louis Taylor Jr., director of the Center for Urban Studies. “If you play the long game in neighborhood revitalization, costs go down when equitable investments are made. Cities can be more creative around taxation and spending,” he said.
An article in Architect’s Newspaper about its 2017 Best of Design Awards reports the research award went to Jin Young Song, assistant professor of architecture, for Snapping Façade.



In context of today's political environment, we present architects, designers, urban planners, and researchers at work across boundaries – national borders, cultural lines, or disciplinary demarcations.


Feb. 15, 2018

Students, don't miss this opportunity to learn about Buffalo's oldest architecture firm, receive career advice and hear about internship opportunities.  


February 20-21, 2018

The 2018 Clarkson Chair in Planning, Ann Forsyth will explore with students and community members the social aspects of physical planning and urban development. 


February 28, 2018

A professor of anthropology at Boston University, Thomas Barfield studies the economic and political development challenges in Afghanistan, particularly those related to law, government organization and development issues.