Events

50+ Counter Culture Public lecture series event banner with colorful squares.

Every semester the School of Architecture and Planning invites distinguished architects and planners to campus for a series of public symposia, seminars and exhibitions. Convening practitioners, scholars, students and members of the community around the top issues facing our profession today, the program is a vibrant part of the intellectual life of the school.

Our Fall 2019 program, COUNTER / CULTURE, takes its cue from the celebration of the School of Architecture and Planning's 50th year and sets up dialogues from a multitude of disciplinary perspectives on the subject of architectural education and institutional critique. 

Fall 2019 Events and Public Programs

11/13/19

Nov. 13, 2019

Peter Galison, the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor at Harvard University, works at the intersection of physics, history and philosophy of science, and film. Galison will present "Philosophy of the Shadow," addressing the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration's hunt for an objective image of a black hole

11/6/19

Nov. 6, 2019

Vanessa Watson, professor of urban planning at the University of Cape Town, is UB's 2019 Will and Nan Clarkson Chair in Planning. She will present a public lecture on the disconnect between visions for and realities in African cities and engage in workshops with faculty, students and community members.

10/23/19

Oct. 23, 2019

Join us for a public lecture with Florian Idenburg, a Dutch architect and co-founder of SO-IL. Their award-winning practice is based in New York City and leading projects in Asia, Mexico and North America. In Western New York, SO-IL is creating a master plan for ArtPark.

10/16/19

Oct. 16, 2019

Delivering this year's Bethune Lecture is Harvard GSD Dean Sarah Whiting. In "Time is money," she considers the time side of this mantra of capitalism, focusing on how contemporary theorizations of time affect architectural education and practice. 

10/9/19

Oct. 9, 2019

Delivering this year's Jammal Lecture is Ahmad Zaki Sarferaz, mayor of Kabul and a 2014 graduate of UB. He will discuss the role of urban planning as the capital city of Afghanistan navigates rapid urbanization and rising citizen demands for services amidst ongoing conflict.

9/25/19

Sept. 25, 2019

Join architectural historian Joan Ockman for a discussion of how architectural research and its curatorial extensions relate to contemporary digital-global society.

9/5/19

Sept. 5, 2019 (Symposium), Exhibition (through Dec 2019)  

Ludovico Centis (2013-14 Peter Reyner Banham Fellow) organizes a symposium and exhibition highlighting Peter Reyner Banham's work in Buffalo, NY.

Spring 2019 Public Programs

4/24/19

April 24, 2019

Jane Battersby presents findings from research conducted in South Africa, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe to frame the impacts of existing planning on food security, but also the potential for more food sensitive planning to emerge.

4/17/19

April 17 - August 7

Now What?!  features a presentation and panel discussion which examine the little-known history of architects and designers working to further the causes of the civil rights, women’s, and LGBTQ movements of the past fifty years. 

4/11/19

April 11, 2019

Join us for a conversation on the complex interrelation between artistic practices and their historically charged subjects in urban environments. How can artists, historians, and architects address these issues as critical observers rather than accomplices?

4/10/19

April 10, 2019

Sarah Lopez focuses the construction and design of migrant detention facilities in Texas since the 1960s in relation to immigration policy and private prison practices. 

4/2/19

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The nationally celebrated playwright Oren Safdie presents a read-through of “Color Blind," a new play that satirizes the racial politics of a fictional jury assembled to select a winning design for the National Museum of African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington DC.

3/26/19

NOW RESCHEDULED for TUESDAY, March 26 at 6 pm.
This lecture will focus on the current work of Studio Daniel Libeskind and the detailed examination of specific projects. 

3/13/19

March 13, 2019

Andrew Berman will present a range of built work and discuss the unique project parameters as well as ongoing concerns and objectives that inform the design process of each building. 

3/11/19

March 8 - 29, 2019

Showcasing the work of three successive undergraduate architectural design studios, Good Neighbors proposes the exploration of space at the domestic scale in the city of Buffalo, which is known as the City of Good Neighbors.

3/9/19

March 6-7, 2019

Join us for a public lecture with architectural historian Lauren Weiss Bricker, who comes to UB as our 2019 Clarkson Chair in Planning. 

2/27/19

February 27, 2019

Mustafa Faruki will discuss student work developed under his direction as the 2018-19 Reyner Banham Fellow. Examples of this work are also installed as part of an exhibition organized by Faruki in the Hayes Hall Atrium Gallery.

2/20/19

February 20, 2019

This event will discuss how the Northland Beltline Redevelopment Project aims to transform a community affected by the decline of a once thriving manufacturing facility on the east side of Buffalo. 

2/13/19

February 13, 2019

As the UB Confucius Institute Distinguished Architecture Lecture, Zhu Pei will trace the roots of his work and that inspiration through examinations of current design proposals.

2/9/19

Feb 9 - Mar 31, 2019

Presenting the work of a graduate studio and seminar in architecture, Cages / Logging composes two parallel narratives that explore the processes by which nature becomes a material space charged with intellectual emotion and tactility.

2/6/19

February 6, 2019

The event brings together alumni from architecture, urban planning and real estate development, to discuss different forms of practice that they are engaging in after graduating from UB.

Attention AIA and AICP members

Select lecture and events in our public programs series offer AIA and AICP learning units for professional continuing education. Details are provided on specific event pages. 

Past Events

10/24/18

Looking 50 years ahead at mega-trends like climate change and globalization, national urban planners and community members come together on Oct. 24 to consider a more resilient Buffalo Niagara. Workshop results will be presented at a public forum on Oct. 26.

10/18/18

Oct 18, 2018

Molly Wright Steenson presents "AI and Stories of Autonomous Landscapes," tracing the history of AI in architecture and looking ahead to its contemporary and future implications. 

10/10/18

Oct 10, 2018

Michelle M. Thompson, associate professor at UNO PLUS, presents her financial inclusion project which evaluates public and private financial policies, tools, and practices that impact the ability for people to increase their personal and family wealth.

10/10/18

Nov 2, 2018

Michael Smith-Masis of Harvard GSD, presents "1:1", a humanistic social design agenda that emphasizes community empowerment and sustainability. Smith-Masis will draw upon case studies in inclusive design processes in low-income environments in Costa Rica.

10/3/18

Oct 3, 2018

Urban design and planning practitioners take stock of emerging alternative spatial practices and consider the potential for systemic change on the ground.