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Every semester the School of Architecture and Planning invites distinguished architects and planners to campus for a series of public symposia, seminars and exhibitions. Convening practitioners, scholars, students and members of the community around the top issues facing our profession today, the program is a vibrant part of the intellectual life of the school.

Our 2019/2020 program, 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. 

Upcoming events


July 8, 2020

Learn about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for students and recent graduates. Megan Stewart from UB's Office of Fellowships and Scholarships will introduce the Fulbright program and application process. Matthew Straub, recent UB Architecture graduate, will also share his personal experiences as a Fulbright in Germany.


July 15, 2020

Sponsored by the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals as part of the AIA's COVID-19 series, this webinar is designed to help new grads and find out what firm leaders are looking for in potential candidates. Get tips on what you need to stand out from the crowd and how to navigate the virtual interview process.


July 22, 2020

Thinking about next steps in your career? To become a licensed architect, you will need to be familiar with NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards). Learn about AXP Experience (internship requirements) and the ARE (Architecture Registration Examination). 


Spring 2020 Events


They did it! View our celebration of the Class of 2020 and our commencement ceremony, which took place virtually on Friday, May 15. See photo memories from our graduates and tributes from faculty, staff and alumni.


Students will present their work - and guest critics provide commentary - online during this time of distance learning. While the review sessions are not open to the public, those who are interested can follow us on Instagram for a window into virtual final reviews.  


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.


Our spring 2020 career webinar series kicked off a new career advisement resource, featuring career conversations with alumni focused on portfolio development and finding internships.


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. 


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


March 3, 2020

Students, local professionals, and community activists are invited to attend an information session on UB's programs in historic presevation. Join the conversation on the state of historic preservation in Buffalo in past, present and future contexts.


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.


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. 


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. 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


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.  

Attention AIA and AICP members

Select lecture and events in our public programs series offer AIA and AICP learning units for professional continuing education. Details are provided on specific event pages.