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.
For Samina Raja and members of the Food Lab at UB, food systems
planning is a pursuit of equity and social justice for the people
who have long been disenfranchised by traditional
planning—the poor, people of color, immigrants and
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.
john powell, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and
Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, is a legal scholar and
internationally recognized thought leader on questions of race,
equity and social justice. He will visit UB Feb. 6-10, 2017, as the
Will and Nan Clarkson Chair in Planning.
A University at Buffalo architecture studio conceived as a
response to a century-old design competition on the urban grid has
garnered its own national attention as a winner of Architect
Magazine’s inaugural Studio Prize for excellence in studio
A group of 12 students are immersed in the landscape of Spain's
historic capital of Madrid as part of a new study abroad program
that combines intense production with daily "seeing and drawing"
tours and cultural experiences.
Professor Bradshaw Hovey suggests persistence of patterns and
shared values across the first 50 years of the School of
Architecture and Planning. Help reveal the heart of our school -
share your story and be part of Hovey's monograph commemorating the
50th anniversary of our school.
Over one week in late May, teams of University at Buffalo
students representing a range of fields —architecture and
planning, engineering, public health, chemistry, computer science,
pharmacy and management — put their heads together to develop
actionable ideas to help solve this problem in two countries with
critical need: India and Uganda.
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.
Shibley is recognized for his planning leadership and community
service over the past four decades, and for his role in advancing,
championing and quietly leading the revitalization of Buffalo and
Western New York.
The world’s most pressing problems can’t be solved
with one approach or seen through a single lens. That’s the
thinking behind a spring studio course offered at UB that aims to
help a community in India develop a much-needed public sanitation
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.
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, an important piece of
Buffalo's architectural and cultural history, is now officially on
the National Register of Historic Places, thanks, in part, to the
efforts of students in the Buffalo School’s historic
Developed by the School of Architecture and Planning's
preservation planning studio, the master plan provides historical
context and design guidelines for waterfront site after demolition
of Paul Rudolph-designed housing complex.
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.
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 two-year fellowship will take Hess, associate professor of
urban and regional planning, across the Baltic states of Estonia,
Latvia and Lithuania to research design and planning solutions for
aging Soviet-era housing estates.
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.
Two UB faculty members, including Ernest Sternberg, professor
and chair of urban and regional planning, have co-authored a book
on the planning decisions and engineering challenges that surround
one of this nation’s most significant pieces of public
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
A group of Buffalo Public Schools students are responsible for
the award-winning idea that claimed a regional prize as the
“Most Inspiring Essay” in the 2014 Future City
Competition, sponsored by DiscoverE, the philanthropic arm of the
National Society of Professional Engineers (NPSE).
Over 100 citizens across Western New York are better prepared to
effect change in their communities thanks to a planning boot camp
offered by the School of Architecture and Planning and its UB
An expert on economic modeling related to natural and man-made
disasters, JiYoung Park is co-editor of a new book that assesses
simulated events ranging from attacks on sports stadiums to the
spread of foot-and-mouth disease.
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.
A recent study by Robert Mark Silverman that revisits the
"chicken-and-egg" dilemma around neighborhood revitalization and
educational reform has earned the 2014 Best Article Award
from Leadership and Policy in Schools, the journal in
which it was published.
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.
A mural honoring the Fruit Belt that was created by dozens of
Buffalo Public School students working with the Center for Urban
Studies was recently unveilved as part of the renaming ceremony of
Public School No. 37.
This Saturday, Oct. 4, the School of Architecture and Planning
and the One Region Forward initiative will celebrate the Citizen
Planning School’s first year of idea-creation through a
multimedia “Idea Summit.”
Kathryn Bryk Friedman of the UB Regional Institute, a Global
Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and a professor of law and
policy, has been appointed to a prominent SUNY fellowship program
to foster research collaborations across the state campus
The Graduate Planning Student Association recently transformed a
parking spot on UB's South Campus into a mini-park promoting
alternative means of transportation for the UB community. The
effort was part of an annual worldwide event in which artists,
designers and citizens turn metered parking spots into temporary
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.
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
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.
UB's School of Architecture and Planning and School of Social
Work are partnering with a national poverty organization in
sponsoring a conference on policy and programmatic reponses to
poverty at the local, national and global scale.
Reducing one’s carbon footprint. Becoming comfortable with
public transit. Exploring Buffalo. Those are some of the findings
of a study, led by Daniel B. Hess, associate professor of urban and
regional planning, which examined a pilot program that offered
Metro Rail use to UB students, faculty and staff.
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.
Beth Tauke, associate professor of architecture and associate
dean for academic affairs, has been awarded the President Emeritus
and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching
and Mentoring in recognition of her service to students over the
past three decades.
More than 1,200 planners, urbanists, architects and leaders of
the emerging cities movement are in Buffalo this week for the
Congress for New Urbanism’s national conference, and faculty
members and students from UB's School of Architecture and Planning
will be among those leading the conversation.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has cited
the University at Buffalo as a national best practice for its
community outreach and development efforts in downtown Buffalo and
its surrounding neighborhoods. Among the model programs highlighted
by HUD were several planning efforts being led by the Buffalo
School and its Center for Urban Studies, UB Regional Institute and
Urban Design Project.
Two UB architecture faculty members have won
internationally-prominent lifetime achievement awards for their
“significant and lasting” contributions to
environmental design research, practice and teaching.
Urban planning students from UB's School of Architecture and
Planning will present findings from their semester-long study of
Niagara Falls' Main Street and Niagara Gorge Corridors to members
of the public on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.
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.
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.
Communities looking to broaden access to healthy food and
sustain local farms and food production have a new
resource: www.GrowingFoodConnections.org, a repository of
information on food systems planning.
Urban planning faculty members Daniel Hess and Hiroaki Hata,
along with professor and department chair Ernest Sternberg,
recently published their collaborative exploration of issues of
urban and suburban vitality through the lens of pedestrian pathways
With help from the Center for Urban Studies, a group of Buffalo
eighth-graders earned a top 5 showing in the annual Future City
Competition, which asks children across the country to plan a
The two research and policy centers were commissioned by the
Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) of Erie County and the Town
of Amherst to assess current and projected demand for senior rental
housing and to better inform related economic development policy in
When you think of the Rust Belt, glossy neighborhoods with
rocketing rents may not be the first images to jump to mind. But
gentrification — and concerns about rising prices — are
problems even in places like Buffalo and Detroit, says University
at Buffalo researcher Robert Silverman.
Daniel B. Hess, associate professor of urban and regional
planning and director of the Estonia study abroad program, offers
an account of the three-week summer course that immerses students
in Estonian culture as they study the evolution of the built
environment and contemporary urban planning in Europe.
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.
Samina Raja, associate professor of urban and regional planning
and an internationally regarded food systems researcher, has won
the 2014 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in
Urban and Regional Planning.
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 &
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.
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
A series of Community Congress workshops to take place across
the region Nov. 12-16 is just one of many forums One Region Forward
has convened to involve citizens in building a plan for a more
sustainable Buffalo Niagara. The School of Architecture and
Planning's UB Regional Institute/Urban Design Project is playing a
key support role for the collaborative planning effort.
Department of Urban and Regional Planning faculty
members Robert Mark Silverman and Li Yin, along
with Kelly Patterson, assistant professor of social work at UB,
have been awarded federal funding to develop an analytic tool for
affordable housing development in shrinking cities.
Kathryn Bryk Friedman of the UB Regional Institute, an expert on
the Canada-U.S. relationship and transboundary policy, has been
named a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center