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A group of UB architects and engineers are mid-way through a multi-year initiative to design, build and program a suite of tools that would not only improve the life of the mason but break new ground for architecture and robotics.


A new cafe on Buffalo's West Side, designed by UB architects Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis, prompts us to rethink how we heat — and use — the space we occupy in winter.


The One Region Forward Community Congress on February 12th  welcomed over 150 guests in celebrating nearly three years of research, community engagement, partnership building and planning by over 5,000 citizens and more than 700 local organizations. 


Jin Young Song, assistant professor of architecture, has received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop a facade that imitates the leaves of a tree in its dappling and diffusion of natural light.


The Buffalo School will offer a new graduate specialization in real estate development beginning in September.


An article in The Wall Street Journal listing “The Best Architecture of 2014” includes the University at Buffalo’s Solar Strand, calling 3,200-panel, ground-mounted photovoltaic array a “small but telling model of landscape architecture at its most forward-thinking.”


UB’s engagement with partner organizations to restore and preserve Western New York’s natural environment, including work led by the School of Architecture and Planning, has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council.


Earlier this semester, architecture students from UB’s Alpha Rho Chi fraternity created a three-story mural of Buffalo in Crosby Hall to celebrate the school’s close engagement with the city.


Dean Shibley presents the Buffalo School as a case study in collaborative research, teaching and practice in architecture and urban planning.


Two projects by Buffalo School architecture and planning students were selected as "Best Projects" in the Student Project Showcase at the New York Upstate APA 2014 Conference.


Touch-responsive maps designed in part by UB researchers give independence to the visually impaired.


Georine Pierre and James Kubiniec, leaders of UB's chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students, recently represented UB at the national conference in Philadelphia.


The Buffalo School had more awards than any other unit at UB in a snapshot of faculty awards of national significance presented last week at the university's annual Celebration of Academic Excellence.


The AIANYS has recognized Linsey Graff (MArch '10) for her leadership and commitment to community outreach, education and diversity in the profession.


Architect Barbie was released by Mattel in 2011 to inspire young girls to make their mark on a profession where women remain grossly underrepresented. Three years later, co-creators Kelly Hayes McAlonie and Despina Stratigakos head to Washington, DC, on Oct. 23, 2014, to reflect on how the gender debate in architecture has changed.

Peter Reyner Banham Fellow, 2014-15

As the 2014-15 Banham Fellow, Carver will examine the relationship of state funding and public infrastructure to civic identity in Buffalo through a yearlong seminar, site-specific installations and a public symposium.

Nicholas Rajkovich

Nicholas Rajkovich's research investigates the intersection of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and adaptation to climate change. He comes to the Buffalo School as an assistant professor of architecture.

Julia Jamrozik

Julia Jamrozik's research focues on public space, public buildings and the role of both playfulness and play in shaping these environments. She joins the Buffalo School as an assistant professor of architecture.

Erkin Ozay

Erkin Özay, who joins the Buffalo School as an assistant professor of architecture, is a registered architect and an urbanist with a research focus on urban asset distribution practices and their spatial impacts on the city.

Shannon Bassett

An architect and urban designer, Shannon Bassett joins the Buffalo School as an assistant professor of architecture. Her research teaching, writing and practice operate at the intersection of architecture, urban design and ecological systems. 

New faculty at the School of Architecture and Planning

These new members of the Buffalo School community bring diverse research interests that cross the disciplines of architecture, urban design and urban planning.


Jordan Geiger, Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture, explores the spatial possibilities of the “Phantom Tollbooth Plazas” in new journal published by Columbia University


Architizer, an international online forum for design and architecture, has named a minimalist dining set designed by Jin Young Song, assistant professor of architecture, as one of the “Hottest Products Trending this Summer.”


Edward H. Steinfeld, SUNY Distinguished Professor at the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning, will receive one of his field’s most significant honors: the James Haecker Award for Distinguished Leadership in Architectural Research.


MirrorMirror, the award-winning temporary street tent by architecture professors Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis, has again been recognized by the international design community.


Recently named an “Emerging Voice” from the Architectural League of New York, Hwang has brought her project “Bat Cloud” to the 2014 International Architectural Biennale Rotterdam (IABR 2014) as part of its “Urban by Nature” exhibit.



The 2014 AIA National Convention was the setting for "Buffalo in Chicago," a celebratory gathering of alumni, friends, current students and Buffalo School leaders in honor of Dean Robert Shibley, a 2014 recipient of the AIA's Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.


Trenton Van Epps (Architecture BS ‘14) was recently awarded the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence in recognition of his exemplary academic record and his active involvement and leadership in the community and campus life. 



Jesse Pringle (MArch ‘14) was recently awarded first place in a state-wide design competition for his proposal of a barn owl shelter that addresses the species’ loss of habitat and depleted feeding grounds and provides for co-habitation with humans.


The Buffalo School has announced two recipients of its 2014 Dean's Medal in recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments in our professions.


Robert G. Shibley, dean of UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, is being recognized by the American Institute Architects New York State for his design influence on public architecture across the state.


Despina Stratigakos, associate professor of architecture, chronicles the history of women in architecture in the United States for the National Women’s History Museum. 


The Buffalo in Philadelphia program kicked off on March 19 with a gathering of alumni and friends eager to reconnect, share memories and consider the Buffalo School community’s collective work in rebuilding cities and regions.


Architecture faculty members Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis are in the running for the 2014 AZ Awards from AZURE magazine for their Mirror Mirror tents, and the public can help them win.


Two projects by Buffalo School faculty members have landed prizes through the Architizer A+ Awards program, a competitive annual contest that draws entries from around the world.


Architecture faculty members Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis, along with their students, will present work in the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts’ 48 annual conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this spring.


Two teams of architecture faculty members are in the running for Architizer A+ Awards and the public can help them win.


Jin Young Song, assistant professor of architecture at the Buffalo School, is a finalist for an Architizer A+ Award for his design of a dining set that folds up into a compact cube, serving as a practical and minimalistically designed artifact for modern lifestyles.


Architecture facutly members Nicholas Bruscia and Christopher Romano are in the running for two Architizer A+ Awards for their free-standing wall of super-thin steel, and the public can help them win.


Kideney Architects, a long-standing supporter of UB and the School of Architecture and Planning, has committed $25,000 in scholarship support to help bring the most qualified aspiring architects to Buffalo.


Assistant Professor of Architecture Jin Young Song was recently awarded Special Mention for Slanted Memorial , a housing and memorial project, in the 2013 d3 Unbuilt Visions Competition.


Dean Robert Shibley will receive the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, honoring his leadership in design advoacy through more than 40 years of public service as a practitioner, teacher and scholar. Citing Shibley's planning and design efforts in Buffalo, the award puts the region in the national spotlight.


Led by the School of Architecture and Planning, UB students and professors will build a 1,400-square-foot solar-powered home as finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy’s elite Solar Decathlon competition.


Joyce Hwang, whose eco-sculptures provide habitat for bats and birds and call attention to misunderstood or ignored ecological conditions, has received a 2014 Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York, one of the most coveted awards in the field.


Sean Burkholder, assistant professor of architecture, discusses his investigation of the Great Lakes region and "Designing Dredge," a competition he's launching to reimagine Toledo's riverfront dredge.


Buffalo Public School third-graders dreamed up dwellings for outer space while eighth-graders planned tenements and factories as part of this year's Architecture + Education program. The program enlists faculty, students and alumni of the School of Architecture and Planning to introduce young people to architecture as a profession. 


Over the past two years, architecture faculty and students have been deeply entrenched with Boston Valley Terra Cotta and Rigidized Metals, testing options to digitally enhance terra cotta restoration, pushing the limits of design and performance for metals, and working side-by-side with sculptors and metal fabricators in a rich exchange of knowledge and innovation.


In a lovely ceremony in Forest Lawn cemetary, Buffalo's architecture community commemorated the 100th anniversary of the death of Louise Bethune, the first professional female architect in the United States. 


Despina Stratigakos, associate professor of architecture, has launched a viral campaign to write female architects into digital history.


Two undergraduate architecture students reflect on the Buffalo School experience in this recent article in the UB Spectrum.


Researchers at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access are working with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to test features that could make public transit better for all riders.


The Buffalo School recently held the inaugural convening of its Dean’s Council, a leadership group of distinguished alumni and top practitioners from across the U.S. that will work to raise the school’s global profile, build its network of support and forge new connections with the professions. 


The School of Architecture and Planning was among a group of top U.S. architecture schools singled out for their state-of-the-art fabrication facilities by the University College Dublin as it develops a new shop for its College of Engineering & Architecture.


Associate Professor Joyce Hwang and Clinical Assistant Professor Dennis Maher have both received highly competitive grants through the Artist Fellowship Program of the New York Foundation for the Arts. They are among only 91 artists or collaborative teams selected from nearly 3,000 applicants state-wide.  


The University at Buffalo's William R. Greiner Hall has won a national award for its innovations in design and construction. The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access played a central role on the project's design team, working closely with Cannon Design to integrate accessibility features. 


Jin Young Song, assistant professor of architecture, has won the Grand Prize in the 2013 Hyundai Engineering & Construction Technology Forum for his proposal for a prefabricated unit for apartment remodeling.


Over the past two decades, hundreds of students participating in the School of Architecture and Planning’s Habitat for Humanity program have raised 56 homes across Buffalo, gaining hands-on experience in building and construction and rebuilding entire neighborhoods along the way.


Architecture faculty members Nicholas Bruscia and Nicholas Bruscia have won an international competition with their proposal to build a wall from panels of super-thin steel folded into wild geometric patterns.


Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the School of Architecture and Planning are collaborating on a five-year, $4.6 million federally funded project to advance physical access and public transportation for people with disabilities by bringing together computer science technology and the principles of universal design.


Dean Robert G. Shibley, who led the master planning process for Buffalo’s comprehensive plan and downtown plan, shares his thoughts on the Rust Belt city’s rebirth.


Undergraduate architecture students Wei Dai and Minku Jeon placed second in the 2012-13 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Fabric in Architecture Competition.


Robert G. Shibley, professor and dean of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, has received the American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) 2013 Educator Award.


A sculptural wall designed by architecture faculty members Christopher Romano and Nicholas Bruscia is a finalist in SKIN, an international competition in computational design to push the performative and aesthetic potential of facades.


The School of Architecture and Planning played a critical role in the conception, design and development of Burchfield Penney Art Center's "Front Yard" installation, the world’s first permanent, environmentally-responsive, outdoor audio and video installation.


Architecture faculty members Chris Romano and Nick Bruscia have just created a self-supporting wall made of 152 panels of super-thin, textured steel. Sited at the entrance to Silo City and its hulking grain elevators, the experiment in facade design for metals is the result of the Department of Architecture's ongoing research partnership with Rigidized Metals Corporation.


MirrorMirror, an inventive, mirrored, street tent designed by architecture faculty members Geog Rafailidis and Stephanie Davidson, is returning to town this weekend for the echo Art Fair.

New faculty at the School of Architecture and Planning

The School of Architecture and Planning welcomes five new faculty members this fall in architecture and urban and regional planning.

Front Yard rendering

Domus, an international magazine on architecture, art and design, recently sat down with Dean Robert Shibley to investigate the process behind the realization of UB's Solar Strand.


Urban and regional planning faculty member Harry Warren, along with architecture faculty members Hiro Hata and Michael Williams, all of H+W Studio, have been retained as part of a team to design several facilities for the Canalside development project on the Buffalo waterfront.

The award-winning Elevator B is a 22-foot steel tower housing a colony of bees on Buffalo's waterfront.

Elevator B, a steel tower that UB students designed and built to house a colony of bees along Buffalo’s waterfront, continues to receive recognition from the international architecture community.


“MirrorMirror” by Georg Rafailidis and Stephanie Davidson is the winner of this year’s biennial open international architecture competition to re-invent temporary street tent structures. The competition was organized by the Storefront for Art and Architecture and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.


Abitare, an international design magazine, profiles award-winning faculty member at the School of Architecture and Planning, noting her efforts to champion architecture as a career for women.

Project team for UB School of Architecture and Planning/Boston Valley Terra Cotta partnership

The ancient art of shaping terra cotta is getting a modern twist at Boston Valley Terra Cotta, a Western New York manufacturer that has performed restoration work on historic buildings from San Francisco’s Russ Building to Chicago’s Rookery and Buffalo’s own Guaranty Building.


The Buffalo School is excited to report on the first meeting of the “Buffalo in…” series, a new program to build connections among alumni and engage our graduates in the energy and growth of our school. 

2013 Panasci Competition winners

Three UB students took first place in the University at Buffalo’s Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition (Panasci TEC) for their plan to manufacture a material coating that can regulate heat from the sun in any building creating “smart” windows or surfaces.

Beth Tauke introduces architecture to a gradeschool student of the Buffalo Public Schools.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is bestowing a national award on an architecture education program that UB School of Architecture and Planning students, alumni and faculty help to run.

Student receives award at the 41st Commencement ceremony of the School of Architecture and Planning

Congratulations to this year's student award winners. Graduate and undergraduate students in architecture and planning are recognized for academic excellence through our annual Award's Day celebration and at Commencement.


Beth Tauke, associate professor of architecture and associate dean for academic affairs, presented the body as the most important site of design in the 21st century, part of a recent TEDx event at the University at Buffalo.


Architecture students envision over 60 different designs for an expansion to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Six of the top student designs are on exhibit at the Botanical Gardnes through May 12.


Elevator B, a honeycomb-themed tower housing bees on Buffalo’s waterfront designed and built by five architecture students, has won a highly regarded international architecture award.

 Architectures students pose on a staircase in the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach. The hotel, which opened in 1954, was designed by Morris Lapidus.

Twenty-one architecture students spent winter break traveling throughout the southern U.S. on a trip designed to expose students to architecture in their own country.

 Geiger at exhibit

Jordan Geiger, assistant professor of architecture, says his research is inspired by the 'messy tangle' created by recent global influences on architecture.


If it were possible to capture the soul of a city inside a single home, it might look something like the house that Dennis Maher has spent the past three years refurbishing on Buffalo’s West Side.

 quad space

As their master's thesis, four architecture students turn a crumbling house in Buffalo's Black Rock neighborhood into an architectural gem and an experiment in minimalist living.


Eco-sculpture installed in a woodland refuge in Buffalo provides a habitat for bats, educates the public about them and draws attention to an illness that is decimating the bat population.

Images in the popular press of Hitler's alpine country estate were intended to portray the Nazi ruler as a country gentleman of artistic taste and gentle demeanor.

Architectural historian Despina Stratigakos, an award-winning scholar of modern German architecture, is at work on the first in-depth study of the aesthetic and ideological constructions of the "domestic" Adolf Hitler. 

Universal design

New textbook, edited by Edward Steinfeld and Jordana Maisel in the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, provides the first comprehensive introduction to a growing field.


Two architecture faculty members have won an international design competition with their proposal that the public be given free rein to take over derelict strip mall sites like Buffalo's Central Park Plaza and design and build their own urban communities in a manner that would be, they say, "not unlike the settling of the American frontier."


"Buoyant," a garden installation designed by Laura Garofalo, assistant professor of architecture, has been selected by an international jury to be featured at the 13th International Garden Festival of Les Jardin de Métis (also known as Redford Gardens), in Quebec, Canada.

LIFEHouse concept home, interior

A concept home designed with the help of Beth Tauke, associate professor of architecture, has received a coveted 2012 Best of 50+ Housing Award from the National Association of Home Builders Housing Council for a home that meets the physical needs and lifestyle of baby boomers.


No one can say that Beth Tauke, associate professor of architecture, isn’t taking full advantage of her access to one of Buffalo’s most notable grain elevators—Marine A on Childs Street, along the Buffalo River.


With the assistance of UB architecture and planning students, Buffalo-area professional architects and their classroom teachers, scores of elementary school children in several Buffalo schools worked all semester to come up with unusual architectural projects.


Even before Hadas Steiner arrived at UB 11 years ago, she had a natural affinity for the university through her interest in the figures of Reyner Banham, architectural critic and writer who taught at UB, and John McHale, groundbreaking artist whose papers were donated to the university by his wife Magda, a UB faculty member.


Architect Danise Levine has designed about 475 home modifications over the past 15 years as a member of the University at Buffalo's Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center).


Two University at Buffalo architects presented a unique solution to the uncomfortably chilly temperatures of an old stone building in England as part of the sixth annual International Architecture Festival, Eme3, held July 1-3 in Barcelona.


Mattel's Architect Barbie, icon of the building trades, is ready for launch, thanks to the efforts of Despina Stratigakos, associate professor of architecture, and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, architect and interim director of UB's Capital Planning Group. 


Freshman architecture students from UB have designed and are building a 96-foot-long string of wooden micro-dwellings in Griffis Sculpture Park that will open to public later this month.


Joyce Hwang's new project -- a twisted tower designed to house bats at Griffis Sculpture Park -- is raising awareness about the animals and a fatal disease threatening their population in the Northeast.

Despina Stratigakos

“Professor builds case for Barbie as architect,” read the headline in the Sunday Buffalo News in early February. The story detailed architecture faculty member Despina Stratigakos’ campaign on behalf of Architect Barbie in a contest to determine the doll’s next job.


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