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In Brief

An architecture studio conceived as a response to a century-old design competition on the urban grid has garnered national attention as a recipient of Architect Magazine’s inaugural Studio Prize for excellence in studio curricula.
Dennis Maher’s “A Second Home” is a Dreamscape of the House and Mind
Zoe Hamstead has joined the School of Architecture and Planning as assistant professor of environmental planning. Her research on urban sustainability and resilience assesses geographic disparities in access to environmental resources and exposure to environmental threats. Bridging urban planning, geography and urban and landscape ecology, she explores the biophysical, social and adaptive dimensions of vulnerability to extreme heat events. Hamstead is part of the multi-city UREx Project and the Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan to support urban decision-making in the face of climate change. Hamstead is also among the rst core faculty members in UB’s RENEW Institute on energy and water. She holds a PhD in urban and public policy from The New School, a Master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College. 
A sustainable development plan for the Bu alo Niagara region led by the UB Regional Institute was awarded a 2016 APA National Planning Achievement Award for Public Outreach. Perhaps its most signi cant outreach component is the One Region Forward Citizen Planning School, which has already trained more than 350 citizens to advance neighborhood-level sustainability initiatives. The program is now integrated into UB’s Master of Urban Planning curriculum to advance teaching and practice in community- based planning. Other public outreach highlights included text message surveys on public transportation, land use, vacancy and food access; online forums on the same issues; and games and interactive activities at community events throughout the region. 
Dean Robert G. Shibley has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Nominated by the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association, Shibley is recognized for his planning leadership and community service over the past four decades, and for his role in advancing, championing and quietly leading the revitalization of Bu alo and Western New York. Election to the College of Fellows is one of the highest honors bestowed by the AICP. Shibley’s election is made with particular acknowledgment of his leadership and advocacy of planning in service to the public. Fellows are elevated before the public and the profession as model planners who have made signi cant contributions to planning and society. 
UB architectural historian Despina Stratigakos is spending the 2016-17 academic year advancing her research on the architectural in uences of Germany’s Third Reich as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, one of the world’s leading centers for “curiosity- driven” research and a bastion for academic freedom.
Students can now explore Madrid and the historic Catalonia region of Spain through summer study abroad. Led by Miguel Guitart, a visiting faculty member in architecture who also practices in Madrid, the program’s opening session last summer featured “seeing and drawing” tours of the city, an in situ seminar on Modern and Contemporary Spanish Architects and weekly guest lecturers. Students incorporated their experiences into their studio project, a
Architecture faculty member Joyce Hwang’s latest creation is a bird-friendly public art installation that both promotes awareness of local avian species and calls attention to
a common but o en invisible peril: bird-glass window collisions.
UB’s Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab delivered tools and techniques
in community-based food systems planning to leaders from around the world as part of the Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador. The global event hosted by the United Nations takes place only once every 20 years.
Urban planning students have assumed an almost investigative role as they explore two of Buffalo’s most historically significant — and hidden — landscapes: the Buffalo Belt Line, a former passenger rail line that loops the city almost unnoticed; and the Scajaquada Creek, a largely buried 13-mile stream whose shores trace the evolution of Buffalo.
Architecture professor Annette LeCuyer, who has guided students through the undergraduate program’s most challenging courses, has been recognized by the university with the 2016 Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring. The Meyerson award is the highest university honor for undergraduate mentoring. A licensed architect in the United Kingdom, LeCuyer practiced with Foster + Partners and Allies and Morrison Architects in London before joining the UB architecture faculty in 2003. At UB she has designed and taught the program’s core construction technology course and the senior-level studio, which focuses on the culminating or development phases of a project. Perhaps the strongest testament to her teaching in uence are re ections from students who have moved on to the profession. Even years a er graduation, students nd a mentor waiting. Says 2012 graduate Kristin Deiure, who now practices in New York City: “To be around Annette is to be around one of the great educators of our time. Her enthusiasm and wisdom are inspiring. Being her student changed my track in architecture for the better. Her love of and knowledge for architecture will always remain with me.” 
It was a winning semester for students in UB’s chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students and the school’s new graduate real estate development specialization, with both groups earning top placements in national intercollegiate competitions this past fall.