While medicine, law, and other professions have made
considerable progress, race and gender equity remains a major
concern in architecture and planning, and among the organizations
that oversee education and practice.
The School of Architecture and Planning is housed in historic
Hayes and Crosby Halls on UB's South Campus. Our state-of-the-art
facilities and academic resources include the latest technology in
digital fabrication and computing to a specialized library for
architecture and planning.
The School of Architecture and Planning was created half a
century ago as a direct challenge to orthodox design education. We
live those original principles today, committed to architecture and
planning as interdisciplinary problem-solving enterprises, rooted
in social engagement, nourished by research-in-practice, animated
by making and doing, and committed to meeting the needs of clients,
communities, and society in an increasingly complex urban
The School of Architecture and Planning and the University at
Buffalo offer a range of financial support opportunities for
students. Resources range from financial aid to scholarships to
The School of Architecture and Planning, in partnership with the
university, our alumni, our faculty and staff, and our
philanthropic supporters, provides support to our undergraduate and
graduate students. In addition to tuition scholarships, stipends
for travel and supplies, and support for study abroad, our
students, like our faculty, are actively engaged in teaching,
research, and service—and are rewarded for their hard
The Dean’s Council is a leadership group of friends of the
School of Architecture and Planning dedicated to raising
the global profile of the school and advancing its academic
programs and research enterprise. Members of the Dean’s
Council include distinguished alumni and leading
professionals, from firm executives to educators. As champions of
the School of Architecture and Planning, members leverage their
diverse expertise and leadership positions to forge new connections
and build the school's network of support.
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you are and what you’re up to. As graduates of our
programs, your stories of success inspire our students and
enhance the reputation of the school on an international
The School of Architecture and Planning, in partnership with
local chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the
American Planning Association, has developed a Professional Mentor
Program for alumni and friends to share their experiences and
advice with current students.
Search job and internship opportunities in architecture and
planning. The following openings require varying levels of
education and experience and have been posted by employers on UB
Career Services' BullsEye system.
Preservation efforts must be galvanized; they require
mobilization, time and resources. Preservation planner and UB
professor Kerry Traynor was one of five architecture experts who
answered the question: What’s one American structure you wish
had been saved?
The School of Architecture and Planning will award its Dean's
Medal to alumna Diane Georgopulos (BA '73) and posthumously to
architects Ted Lownie and Mark Mendell, beloved friends of the
school and leaders in their profession.
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.
An architecture studio on refugee housing and newly built church
and parish center in Madrid have earned two UB architecture faculty
members national recognition as inspiring educators who creatively
engage architectural practice and extend their work into the public
Imagine redesigning a city in only 2 days. That’s exactly
what American and Estonian students did recently as part of a
summer study abroad program in Estonia under the direction of urban
and regional planning faculty member Daniel B. Hess.
Architectural historian Despina Stratigakos has been invited to
advance her research on the wide-ranging architectural influences
of Germany’s Third Reich as a 2016-17 member of the Institute
for Advanced Study in Princeton, one of the world’s leading
centers for “curiosity-driven” research and a bastion
for academic freedom.
The 2016 echo Art Fair in Buffalo, a fine arts exposition that
has emerged as one of the region’s most notable art events,
opens this weekend with its first-ever architecture exhibition,
As part of the school's "Collaboration + Competition" course
this past spring, architecture students worked with community
organizations to launch a design ideas competition for a "summer
place" for young audiences at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.
The latest publication from UB architectural historian Despina
Stratigakos uses the architectural profession as a lens to examine
issues that affect women across male-dominated occupations, from a
lack of female role models to unequal pay.
The school invites faculty, students and practitioners to submit proposals for the design and fabrication of Hayes Hall faculty mailboxes, in collaboration with Boston Valley Terra Cotta. We welcome proposals which thoughtfully explore function using space, material and process to create an identity of making.
Follow Lisa, Dan, Alan, Quincy, Greg, Carl, Marius, Nahshon,
Eliana, Gary, Kamilah and Crystal right here as they blog about
their experiences as architects and as students in the beautiful,
fascinating and rapidly changing country of China.
The Graham Foundation grant will support the publication of the
first in-depth study of the aesthetic and ideological constructions
of the "domestic" Adolf Hitler and how this was used to soften his
public image and seduce audiences in Germany and abroad.
UB will invest $25 million in a major multi-disciplinary
research initiative to confront grand challenges facing humankind.
School of Architecture and Planning faculty members are the
forefront of two of these 'Communities of Excellence': Global Halth
Equity and SMART (Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic
The American Planning Association, which sponsored the
competition, announced the finalists last month at the APA national
conference in Seattle, where the School of Architecture and
Planning students also had the opportunity to formally present
This past spring break, while many students were vacationing or
catching up on assignments, a contingent of School of Architecture
and Planning students and faculty were busy presenting work,
collaborating with partners and touring sites in South Korea.
The theatre term “entr’acte,” or the interval
between acts in a play, becomes a vehicle to explore the
interstices of architecture and new media - and the formation of
new publics - in an edited volume just published by the School of
Architecture and Planning’s Jordan Geiger.
R.J. Multari, assistant dean for undergraduate education at the
School of Architecture and Planning, has been recognized by Erie
Community College for his work in aligning the college’s
architecture technology program with the School of Architecture and
Planning’s undergraduate program.
The School of Architecture and Planning’s Department of
Architecture received a positive review by the National
Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The rigorous external
evaluation measures the quality of the program against a set of
standards for architecture programs across the U.S.
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.
The One Region Forward Community Congress on February 12, 2015,
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
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.
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.
The School of Architecture and Planning 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.
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
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.
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 School of Architecture and
Planning as an assistant professor of architecture.
Erkin Özay, who joins the School of Architecture and
Planning 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
Nicholas Rajkovich's research investigates the intersection of
energy efficiency, renewable energy, and adaptation to climate
change. He comes to the School of Architecture and Planning as
an assistant professor of architecture.
An architect and urban designer, Shannon Bassett joins the
School of Architecture and Planningas an assistant professor of
architecture. Her research teaching, writing and practice operate
at the intersection of architecture, urban design and ecological
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
Recently named an “Emerging Voice” from the
Architectural League of New York, Joyce 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 School of Architecture and Planning 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
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
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.
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 School of Architecture and
Planning community’s collective work in rebuilding
cities and regions.
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.
Jin Young Song, assistant professor of architecture at the
School of Architecture and Planning, 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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 School of Architecture and Planning 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
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 &
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
“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.
The United States-United Kingdom Fulbright Commission has
selected Dylan Burns, a sophomore architecture major at UB, to
participate in its Fulbright Summer Institute to study at
Nottingham Trent University.
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 School of Architecture and Planning 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.
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.