The faculty in the School of Architecture and Planning is composed of a mix of world-renowned scholars, leading architects and planners, and a diverse range of adjunct faculty selected from the professional community.
Jonathan Bleuer began his career with an Environmental Education firm in Downtown Buffalo and gained experience in natural resource management and built environment mitigation strategy. Jonathan continued his career in the field of environmental management and land use planning as a Municipal Planner with the Town of Clarence since 2013. Education in the field of Environmental Design and Urban Planning at the University at Buffalo provided Bleuer a unique approach to preservation of key physical assets within the built environment as well as strategic planning for sustainable community development. As a Western New York native, Jonathan is committed to advancing the field of planning within the region and has held the Director position within the WNY section of the American Planning Association.
Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah is an assistant professor of urban planning affiliated with UB's Community for Global Health Equity. His research interrogates issues in urban health, public policy, environmental governance, land tenure and sustainable urbanism in the Global North and South.
Joyce Hwang is associate professor and associate chair of architecture at UB. Through her teaching, research and critical practice as director of Ants of the Prairie, she confronts contemporary ecological conditions through creative means.
Omar Khan, associate professor of architecture, studies responsiveness and performativity in architecture. He is co-lead of UB's research center on Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies, which applies design, smart materials and automation to transform advanced manufacturing.
Samina Raja’s is an international expert on the role of planning and policy in building sustainable food systems and healthy communities. She directs the School of Architecture and Planning's Food Lab, including its current work on a grant to build food systems in communities across the U.S.
Nicholas B. Rajkovich, assistant professor of architecture, investigates the intersection of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and adaptation to climate change. He directs UB's Resilient Buildings Lab.
Laura Schmitz holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture ('11) from the University at Buffalo and a Masters in Architecture ('15) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Laura's passion for low-tech vernacular occupant-built housing led her to work at some non-traditional companies including Earthship Biotecture and Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Her built prototype design was displayed at the National Tiny House Jamboree, a gathering of over 60,000 people in Colorado Springs (‘16).
Robert Silverman applies urban planning to the study of the non-profit sector, the role of community-based organizations in urban neighborhoods, education reform, shrinking cities, and inequality in inner city housing markets.
Korydon Smith is professor and chair of architecture at UB and co-director of UB's Community for Global Health Equity. He works across disciplines to build design solutions for those who have been traditionally marginalized from decisions about the design of their built environment.
Edward Steinfeld, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Architecture and director of the IDEA Center, has been a trailblazer in the field of inclusive design since the 1970s. He believes architecture should, first and foremost, benefit the people who use buildings, and make a positive contribution to the community.