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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. 

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 Events and Public Programs


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.  

Friday, May 1, 2020, 12pm-1pm
If there’s ever a time for good fun, and prizes, this is it. Join us for a virtual twist on Award’s Day: “E-wards” Day.

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.


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.  

Fall 2019 Public Programs


Dec. 6, 2019

The two fall 2019 senior Environmental Design (END 450) workshops invite you to attend their final presentations focusing on cross-municipal coordination and neighborhood improvements in two unique local contexts. 


Dec. 4, 2019

The fall 2019 graduate studios in urban planning and real estate development invite you to attend their final presentations on three unique Buffalo-based planning and development projects.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - Monday, December 9, 2019

Join us for our Fall 2019 final reviews. Explore student work from freshman to senior studio, our graduate research groups and thesis and directed research from our master's programs. 


Nov. 22, 2019

Join us for the launch of Intersight 22, the 2019-20 journal of student work. Learn more about the vision for this year's book from editor and Brunkow Fellow Lizzy Gilman (MArch '20). 


Nov. 13, 2019

Peter Galison, the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor at Harvard University, works at the intersection of physics, history and philosophy of science, and film. Galison will present "Philosophy of the Shadow," addressing the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration's hunt for an objective image of a black hole


November 8, 2019
Students from all academic backgrounds are invited to attend an information session on November 8 covering our graduate degrees from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.


Nov. 6, 2019

Vanessa Watson, professor of urban planning at the University of Cape Town, is UB's 2019 Will and Nan Clarkson Chair in Planning. She will present a public lecture on the disconnect between visions for and realities in African cities and engage in workshops with faculty, students and community members.


Oct. 30, 2019

Join Ann Lui, founding principal of Chicago-based Future Firm, for a discussion on how alternative futures reconfigure our histories and current conditions, as well as the worlds to come? Lui is currently visiting associate professor of architecture at UB.


Oct. 23, 2019

Join us for a public lecture with Florian Idenburg, a Dutch architect and co-founder of SO-IL. Their award-winning practice is based in New York City and leading projects in Asia, Mexico and North America. In Western New York, SO-IL is creating a master plan for ArtPark.


Oct. 16, 2019

Delivering this year's Bethune Lecture is Harvard GSD Dean Sarah Whiting. In "Time is money," she considers the time side of this mantra of capitalism, focusing on how contemporary theorizations of time affect architectural education and practice. 


Oct. 9, 2019

Delivering this year's Jammal Lecture is Ahmad Zaki Sarferaz, mayor of Kabul and a 2014 graduate of UB. He will discuss the role of urban planning as the capital city of Afghanistan navigates rapid urbanization and rising citizen demands for services amidst ongoing conflict.


Students from all academic backgrounds are invited to attend an information session on UB's JD/MUP joint degree on Sept. 26, 2019. Current students in UB's MUP or JD program are encouraged to attend.


Sept. 25, 2019

Join architectural historian Joan Ockman for a discussion of how architectural research and its curatorial extensions relate to contemporary digital-global society.


Sept. 5, 2019 (Symposium), Exhibition (through Dec 2019)  

Ludovico Centis (2013-14 Peter Reyner Banham Fellow) organizes a symposium and exhibition highlighting Peter Reyner Banham's work in Buffalo, NY.


The School of Architecture and Planning is excited to kick off the 2019-20 academic year with a dynamic lineup of orientation events. Activities kick off Thursday, August 22 and continue through the weekend. 


Now in its fourth year, ACAW engages manufacturers, educators, architects, engineers and ceramic artists in hands-on innovation with terra cotta facades. The workshop takes place August 12-15, 2019.

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. 

Past Events


Looking 50 years ahead at mega-trends like climate change and globalization, national urban planners and community members come together on Oct. 24 to consider a more resilient Buffalo Niagara. Workshop results will be presented at a public forum on Oct. 26.


Oct 18, 2018

Molly Wright Steenson presents "AI and Stories of Autonomous Landscapes," tracing the history of AI in architecture and looking ahead to its contemporary and future implications. 


Nov 2, 2018

Michael Smith-Masis of Harvard GSD, presents "1:1", a humanistic social design agenda that emphasizes community empowerment and sustainability. Smith-Masis will draw upon case studies in inclusive design processes in low-income environments in Costa Rica.


Oct 10, 2018

Michelle M. Thompson, associate professor at UNO PLUS, presents her financial inclusion project which evaluates public and private financial policies, tools, and practices that impact the ability for people to increase their personal and family wealth.


Oct 3, 2018

Urban design and planning practitioners take stock of emerging alternative spatial practices and consider the potential for systemic change on the ground.