The School of Architecture and Planning at the University at
Buffalo is committed to becoming a leader in diversity and
inclusion within both the university and architecture and planning
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 Buffalo School 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 hosts one of the most impressive Fabrication
Facilities for a School of Architecture and Planning in the United
States. It provides students the resources to build and test their
designs at full scale and learn digital fabrication on the latest
CNC and rapid prototyping technologies.
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
Both programs in architecture and planning offer competitive and
nominative scholarships and fellowships to support your academic
pursuits. Scholarships and fellowships are awarded on a highly
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 Buffalo School, members leverage their diverse expertise and
leadership positions to forge new connections and build the
school's network of support.
Share news of your personal and professional accomplishments as
we celebrate our impact around the globe. We also encourage
you to stay connected with the Buffalo School community by engaging
in our alumni programs. We are extremely excited about where we are
headed together and welcome your continued energy in the adventure.
The Buffalo 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.
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.
Buffalo School faculty members are the forefront of two of these
'Communities of Excellence': Global Halth Equity and SMART
(Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies).
The American Planning Association, which sponsored the
competition, announced the finalists last month at the APA national
conference in Seattle, where the Buffalo School students also had
the opportunity to formally present their ideas.
This past spring break, while many students were vacationing or
catching up on assignments, a contingent of Buffalo School 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 Buffalo
School’s Jordan Geiger.
R.J. Multari, assistant dean for undergraduate education at the
Buffalo School, has been recognized by Erie Community College for
his work in aligning the college’s architecture technology
program with the Buffalo School’s undergraduate program.
The Buffalo School’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.
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 Buffalo School as an assistant
professor of architecture.
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.
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.
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
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 Buffalo School leaders in honor of Dean Robert
Shibley, a 2014 recipient of the AIA's Thomas Jefferson Award for
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 Buffalo School 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
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
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.
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
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 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 &
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.