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 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.
Developed by the Buffalo School's preservation planning studio,
the master plan provides historical context and design guidelines
for waterfront site after demolition of Paul Rudolph-designed
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.
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).
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 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
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Buffalo School leaders in honor of Dean Robert
Shibley, a 2014 recipient of the AIA's Thomas Jefferson Award for
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 &
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.
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.
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
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.
Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., PhD, professor of urban and regional
planning, is among a distinguished group of individuals being
inducted into the Service Honor Roll of the Urban Affairs
Association, an international professional organization for urban
scholars, researchers, and public service professionals.
On September 17, Samina Raja, associate professor of urban and
regional planning, will deliver a keynote on the leadership
role of SUNY campuses in promoting sustainable, campus-wide food
systems as part of the 2013 SUNY Sustainability Conference, hosted
Urban and regional planning faculty member Robert Mark Silverman
joins with Kelly Patterson from UB's School of Social Work on two
recent publications, addressing fair housing policy and the role of
schools in urban community development.
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.
Jiyoung Park, assistant professor of urban and regional
planning, has received one of three 2013 UB Young
Investigator Awards. This Exceptional Scholar Award celebrates a
recent superior achievement of a scholar in his/her field of study
that distinguishes the recipient as an up-and-coming
Henry Louis Taylor Jr., professor of urban and regional
planning, discussed the relationship of supplier diversity to
community wealth and the regeneration of distressed communities at
a recent conference sponsored by True Blue Inclusion, a research
and consultantcy supporting diversity leaders across the U.S.
Fulbright scholar and climate activist Subhashni Raj, who just
completed her master of urban planning at the University at
Buffalo, will start her PhD at UB this fall as the first recipient
of the university’s Jerome L. Kaufman Doctoral
Fellowship for the study of food systems planning.
Local food systems advocates, including Samina Raja,
associate professor or urban and regional planning, and members of
her Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, have
championed the need for a Food Policy Council for a number of
The project for seventh-graders at Futures Academy is
part of the Center for Urban Studies' Community as Classroom
initiative, which helps students at the Buffalo school learn
about urban planning and solve real-world problems through hands-on
A graduate of the Buffalo School's urban and regional planning
program recently helped to receive a 2013 National Planning
Excellence Award for Philadelphia’s Integrated Planning and
Zoning Process at the American Planning Association Conference in
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.
About 50 seniors in the School of Architecture and Planning's BA
in Environmental Design program were recently treated to a rare
glimpse inside the Richardson Olmsted Complex, the historic former
mental hospital campus in Buffalo designed by noted American
architect H. H. Richardson and father of landscape design Frederick
The School of Architecture and Planning partnered with UB's
Confucius Institute in convening internationally renowned scholars
in urban planning, political science and geography to consider the
complex bureaucratic, political and economic forces shaping
urbanization in China.
With help from two graduate students in the Center for Urban
Studies, a team of 12 middle schoolers from the Buffalo Public
Schools dreamed up the metropolis of Aqua Tractino for the Future
In addition to UB's leadership of the Western New York Regional
Economic Development Council, the UB Regional Institute and Urban
Design Project have played a central role in developing an
investment plan for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s $1 billion pledge
The UB Regional Institute and 20 other U.S. and Canadian
universities and institutions will join forces to propose a set of
long-term research and policy priorities to help protect and
restore the Great Lakes and train the next generation of
scientists, attorneys, planners and policy specialists who will
As part of a five-week Academic Summer Camp on Neighborhood
Development, 23 middle school students from across Buffalo have
been working on projects to improve the Perry Street
community—home to nine of the campers.
Recent MUP grad is one of 18 fellows selected, will receive four
months of intensive initial training beginning, followed by two
years of ongoing advanced training and professional organizer
Eight graduate students in the Department of Urban and Regional
Planning have spent months mining the complex network of
activities, actors and resources that enable the production,
processing, wholesaling, distribution, consumption and disposal of
the food in Erie County.
Matthew Wattles, a senior in the environmental design program,
and his planning team -- the only Americans among students from
around the world to have participated -- were the winners of the
13th session of the International Winter University (WU)
competition, held at Baikal International Winter University of
Urban Planning Design from Feb. 11 to March 4 in Irkutsk,
The Center for Urban Studies has joined itself to a massive
effort: a proposal by the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Municipal
Housing Authority to restructure, redevelop and rehabilitate
downtown Buffalo's seriously declining Commodore Perry neighborhood
and turn it into the vibrant, sustainable community it once
“Olmsted in Buffalo and Niagara,” the first history
and guidebook written about the visionary landscape architect
Frederick Law Olmsted and the remarkable park systems he designed
in Western New York at the end of the 19th century, has been
published by the Urban Design Project, School of Architecture and
The UB Regional Institute, known for its cutting-edge policy
research, and the Urban Design Project (UDP), a key contributor to
planning and place-making efforts throughout the region, are
A group of nine ambitious UB graduate students are putting the
final touches on a plan and presentation they will give to the
Route 16 Corridor Community Partnership, a non-profit organization
designed to breathe life back into the area's struggling economy by
promoting its tourism opportunities.
Samina Raja, associate professor of urban and regional planning
in the School of Architecture and Planning, is a community-based
scholar whose work continues to earn national visibility and
prestige in the fields of food security planning and community
Kid Corridor zones, student safety education and detailed maps
of safe walking and bicycling routes are among the recommendations
made by University at Buffalo graduate students in the Department
of Urban and Regional planning to encourage students in the
Williamsville Central School District (WCSD) to get out of cars and
off buses and ride and walk to school instead.
The City of Buffalo has received the 2009 Charter Award from the
Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), one of the foremost
international advocates for the revival of cities, for an ensemble
of plans produced by UB’s Urban Design Project.