Spring 2019 Public Programs

Discursive Practices

Discursive Practices public programs poster

Published January 10, 2019

DISCURSIVE PRACTICES presents the work of architects, urban planners, preservationists and historians whose approach to design bridges multiple territories of knowledge to create new work.

Their provocations operate on discourses that simultaneously have long historical traditions and are actively evolving in the present. By acknowledging and engaging with the cultural and institutional basis of inherited knowledge systems, these speakers challenge reductive modes of analysis and reveal openings for expanding the social reach and relevance of contemporary design.

AIA and AICP continuing education credits are available. 


Due to severe weather and travel complications, the Daniel Libeskind lecture (Wed., Jan 30) has been canceled. The event will be rescheduled for later this spring. 


February 6, 2019

The event brings together alumni from architecture, urban planning and real estate development, to discuss different forms of practice that they are engaging in after graduating from UB.


Public opening: Feb. 9, 2019

Presenting the work of a graduate studio and seminar in architecture, Cages / Logging composes two parallel narratives that explore the processes by which nature becomes a material space charged with intellectual emotion and tactility.


February 13, 2019

As the UB Confucius Institute Distinguished Architecture Lecture, Zhu Pei will trace the roots of his work and that inspiration through examinations of current design proposals.


February 20, 2019

This event will discuss how the Northland Beltline Redevelopment Project aims to transform a community affected by the decline of a once thriving manufacturing facility on the east side of Buffalo. 


February 22, 2019 
Explore the intersection of architecture and deafness including the architecture of schools for the deaf, “Deaf Space”, and the impact of evolving technology and cultural attitudes toward deafness.


February 27, 2019

Mustafa Faruki will discuss student work developed under his direction as the 2018-19 Reyner Banham Fellow. Examples of this work are also installed as part of an exhibition organized by Faruki in the Hayes Hall Atrium Gallery.


March 7, 2019

This panel brings together local preservationists and architects in a provocative and timely conversation with architectural historian Dr. Lauren Weiss Bricker about the future of preserving Modern architecture


March 6, 2019

As historic preservationists confront some of their own historical biases - and how that shapes what is lost and what is saved - how can we reassess the ways we interpret historic sites and develop strategies for maintaining the vitality of these places?


March 6-7, 2019

Join us for a public lecture with architectural historian Lauren Weiss Bricker, who comes to UB as our 2019 Clarkson Chair in Planning. 


March 13, 2019

Andrew Berman will present a range of built work and discuss the unique project parameters as well as ongoing concerns and objectives that inform the design process of each building. 


March 21, 2019
Join us for a critical conversation that draws lessons from Buffalo on the role of architecture and planning schools in place-based urban regeneration


April 3, 2019
This symposium examines the racial discourses that subtended "American Architecture" movements during the long nineteenth century. 


April 10, 2019

Sarah Lopez focuses the construction and design of migrant detention facilities in Texas since the 1960s in relation to immigration policy and private prison practices. 


April 11, 2019

This panel tackles the complex interrelation between artistic practices and their historically charged subjects in urban environments. How can artists, historians, and architects address these issues as critical observers rather than accomplices?


April 17, 2019

Now What?! present a lecture and exhibition which examine the little-known history of architects and designers working to further the causes of the civil rights, women’s, and LGBTQ movements of the past fifty years. 


April 24, 2019

Jane Battersby presents findings from research conducted in South Africa, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe to frame the impacts of existing planning on food security, but also the potential for more food sensitive planning to emerge.

Accessibility and Accommodations

Information on accessibility and accommodations can be found at ap.buffalo.edu/visitor-info

The public lecture series of the School of Architecture and Planning is supported by the following individuals and companies:

AIA Buffalo/WNY | Architectural Resources | CannonDesign |The InnBuffalo  | Lori DucksteinMach Architecture | Marc ’92 and Jorrie Bruffett | Pella Window and Door | Viviane Jammal | Will and Nan Clarkson