Engage the World

Whether testing ideas in Buffalo or engaging the built landscape of Barcelona, the School of Architecture and Planning offers a global academic experience.

With the most extensive study abroad participation levels at the University at Buffalo, the School of Architecture and Planning offers diverse, life-changing travel opportunities for students.

Our exchange programs include three European universities, allowing students to complete a semester of coursework while immersed in the local culture and environment of Aarhus, Denmark or Weimar, Germany.

Similarly, global summer studios, led by faculty from the School of Architecture and Planning, engage buildings, cities, and countries with striking natural, constructed, and cultural landscapes. In 10 weeks of in-studio and on-site experiences, students build knowledge, deepen friendships, and expand their perspectives. In Spain, Costa Rica, Ireland, or Japan, summer abroad participants can graduate early and prepare for careers in an increasingly global field.

Students can also participate in short-term study-abroad trips. From exploring transportation in Estonia to experimenting with new construction methods in China, the School of Architecture and Planning offers a variety of focused, short-term international experiences. These programs allow students and faculty to engage pressing social, technological, economic, and environmental challenges in architecture and planning.

7/22/16

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. 

4/5/18

Students are playing a central role in development of the school's Time Space Existence exhibit in Venice during the 2018 Architecture Biennale. Read more about the students and their work.

10/16/17

Imagine an apartment tower that expands – and downsizes – in response to rapidly changing lifestyles. This off-the-charts smart building design has won UB architecture professor Jin Young Song first place in an international competition to consider design in the “self-evolving city.” 

7/20/18
An article on Archinect News reports on a new documentary at the Venice Architecture Biennale that showcases how students in the UB School of Architecture and Planning are learning from and rebuilding the City of Buffalo. The article notes that UB students and faculty are becoming an integral part of Buffalo’s renaissance, whether working with local refugee entrepreneurs or revitalizing local fabrication and industry, with students using the city itself as a laboratory, deeply embedding themselves in the community and the challenges it faces. The article includes a short video that was shown at the exhibition. The article also appeared on SeriouslyArchitecture.com

Domestic travel is an important element of the School of Architecture and Planning experience, as well. The United States is a vast and varied nation with remarkable buildings, exemplary cities and awe-inspiring landscapes. From day trips and short-distance, weekend excursions to multi-week, cross-country tours, domestic travel opportunities are offered every semester to students at all levels.

2/14/13

Twenty-one architecture students spent winter break traveling throughout the southern U.S. on a trip designed to expose students to architecture in their own country.

Additionally, our faculty practice and conduct research around the world, from Spain to India to South Korea, offering students one-of-a-kind opportunities for independent research. Through fellowships and a jam-packed lecture series offered every semester, the school brings in leading scholars and practitioners from around the world to teach, conduct research, participate in events and serve as critics.

The School of Architecture and Planning is a global community. In addition to an internationally-trained faculty, UB is one of the top universities in the nation for international enrollment. Our diverse student body brings the world into our programs and supports a culture of inclusiveness.