The School of Architecture and Planning is home to five internationally-regarded research centers through which students learn, work and collaborate with faculty and community partners. Our faculty also hold leadership roles on university-wide research centers with transdisciplinary missions. This research infrastructure provides key applied learning, professional engagement and scholarship development opportunities for students across the disciplines of architecture, urban planning and environmental design.

The Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies (CAST) focuses on the evolving and growing implications of new technologies within the built environment: social, political, ecological and material.
The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center) focuses on research, development, education, dissemination, and design projects related to universal design.
The Center for Urban Studies is a research and service entity seeking solutions to the problems facing central cities and metropolitan regions.
The Food Systems Planning and Healthy Community Lab is dedicated to studying the role of planning and policy in facilitating sustainable food systems and healthy communities. 
The UB Regional Institute/Urban Design Project is a major research enterprise for the School of Architecture and Planning.

Transdisciplinary research programs with architecture and planning leadership

The Community for Global Health Equity is a scholarly community of faculty and students in architecture, planning, public health, and engineering that works to reduce the sources and effects of inequity for communities around the world.
Building upon UB’s reputation as a leader in advanced manufacturing and design, UB's Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART) community will help create the next generation of technologies, processes and education.
UB's RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) Institute focuses on the global challenge of sustaining society while adapting to climate change and evolving needs for energy, fresh water and other resources.