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Our research endeavors engage a broad range of issues related to our built environment and its social, political and environmental contexts.

From the studio to the community, our faculty and students engage diverse academic and professional partnerships to produce innovative scholarship and design-based research. 

2/11/14

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 in neighborhoods.

2/11/14

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 futuristic metropolis.

2/3/14

Read more about the groundbreaking research being conducted by the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab in The Spectrum, UB's independent student newspaper.

1/31/14

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.

1/29/14

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 Erie County.

1/27/14

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.

1/3/14

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.

12/19/13

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.

12/19/13

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

12/16/13

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.