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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. 

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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, a professor of urban planning at the University of Cape Town, is UB's 2019 Will and Nan Clarkson Chair in Planning. Her public lecture will focus on the disconnect in African cities between the realities of rapid growth and poverty and developers' "Dubai-like" visions of shiny, glass-box skyscrapers.

10/23/19

Oct. 23, 2019

Florian Idenburg is a Dutch architect who established SO-IL with Jing Liu in New York City in 2008. At work on projects in Asia, Mexico and North America, SO-IL is currently creating a master plan for ArtPark in Western New York.

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.

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. 

3/9/19

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.

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

12/14/18

Friday, December 14, 2018
A pop-up exhibition of drawings documenting Buffalo’s most curious vernacular: the telescope houses of the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood

11/16/18

Nov. 16-18, 2018

Torn Space Theater and the School of Architecture and Planning present dual performances that bring audience together with light, sound and performance art in the context of Buffalo's cityscape

11/14/18

Nov 14, 2018 

Theodore S. Jojola of the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning presents "Indigenous Planning" and the use of cultural identity to inform community development.  

11/7/18

Nov 7, 2018

Architect, designer, and educator Meejin Yoon presents "Signal To Noise," which questions how architecture can communicate, create space, and focus attention in the age of accelerated signals.

10/26/18

Oct 26, 2018
Activists, officials, citizens of the Buffalo Niagara community and planning scholars are invited to a special public session of the national Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference to consider the future of Buffalo Niagara 50 years from now.