Spring 2020 Public Programs


Update on public programs: 3/12/2020

The health and safety of our community are our priority at the School of Architecture and Planning. Due to the rapidly evolving situation around COVID-19, the School of Architecture and Planning is cancelling its remaining spring 2020 public programs and events to mitigate the potential to exposure. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for the inconvenience.

Spring 2020 Poster , series lineup.

COUNTER / CULTURE takes its cue from the celebration of the School of Architecture and Planning's 50th year and sets up dialogues from a multitude of disciplinary perspectives on the subject of architectural education and institutional critique. 

The spring 2020 series focuses on the theme of institutional and cultural bias and features a lineup of powerful thought leaders across our disciplines. 

AIA and AICP continuing education credits are available. 


Feb. 5, 2020

Join Scott Ruff, professor of architecture at the Pratt Institute, and principal of RuffWorks Studio, for the opening lecture of our spring 2020 public programs. His lecture, "Playing in the Dark: Working in Black Space," will address teaching through culture and architecture.  


Feb. 12, 2020

Join us for a conversation with Samia Henni, a professor of architectural history at Cornell AAP, for a discussion of her latest book, Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria


April 1, 2020

Join us on April 1, 2020, for a day long 50th anniversary celebration featuring the work of our alumni and students. The program includes an alumni exhibition and symposium as well as a tour of open studios. All are welcome. 


Feb. 19, 2020

Join us for a conversation with the University of Michigan's Andrew Herscher, on present-day settler colonialism and its relationship to architecture. 


February 26, 2020

The 4th annual networking event of the Senenmut Alumni Association, “Big Building, Big Ideas…", will feature industry professionals from Buffalo's Seneca One redevelopment project. The lecture is followed by a career fair style networking event featuring local firms.


Mar. 4, 2020

Don't miss a talk with Ashley E. Nickels, professor of political science at Kent State University, on the causes and effects of the 2011 municipal takeover in Flint, Michigan, in response to the city's historic water crisis.


NOTE TO OUR GUESTS: The Clarkson Lecture with Sierra Bainbridge, scheduled for March 11, 2020, has been cancelled due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions placed on employees of MASS Design Group. We apologize for the inconvenience.


March 25, 2020

Daniel Vasini is creative director of West 8 New York and the Liaison between West 8 New York and West 8 Rotterdam. Daniel leads transformative projects that advance the rigorous aesthetic, philosophical, and operational standards of West 8 process and design the world over.


April 1, 2020 | 5:30 pm, Hayes Hall Atrium Gallery

To culminate our 50th anniversary year, the School of Architecture and Planning is curating an alumni exhibition celebrating the personal and professional achievements of 50 graduates from the past 50 years. All alumni invited to submit work for consideration.


April 1, 2020 | 1 pm - 5 pm, Hayes Hall 403

The second annual Sydney Gross Alumni Symposium will bring together young professionals in emergent areas of practice in architecture, urban planning and real estate development who have graduated in the last decade. 


Apr. 8, 2020

Join Sean Anderson, The Museum of Modern Art's Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, for a public presentation this April.


Apr. 15, 2020

Join Jason Hackworth, University of Toronto professor of geography and planning, for a discussion of race and racism as active causes of urban decline in America. 


April 23, 2020

The UB Innovation Exchange 2020 in New York City will convene professionals and thought leaders for an interactive workshop on how “experience” is impacting the design, development, financing and use in today’s real estate environment.

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  Lori Duckstein | Mach Architecture | Marc ’92 and Jorrie Bruffett | Viviane Jammal | Will and Nan Clarkson