Our Approach to Research

Pushing at the periphery of knowledge and practice

Drawing from deep traditions in research-driven teaching and practice, our programs in architecture and urban planning are rooted in a culture of experimentation. Ideas come to life full scale in the community as we test, apply and scale research in practice settings. Deeply embedded in our urban contexts here and around the world, our community and partners in industry and practice are active collaborators in our research.

Explore the latest issues in our disciplines through diverse methods under internationally renowned faculty at the cutting edge of their fields. Our state-of-the-art research and fabrication facilities and location in Buffalo, our design laboratory and site of investigation, offer ideal settings to study and test your ideas. 

From design research that evolves through built works in the community to nationally sponsored research through our five research centers, programs balance focused inquiry with in depth methodological training and robust intellectual dialogue across the disciplines. Indeed, situated within the University at Buffalo, SUNY’s largest and most comprehensive research university, the School of Architecture and Planning actively collaborates with disciplines as diverse as public health, law, engineering and visual studies.

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.
Commentary and perspectives from members of our School of Architecture and Planning community on contemporary and emerging issues in architecture and planning.
Graduate students in architecture engage in research as a fundamental part of their curriculum through participation in our five Graduate Research Groups.
Our graduate programs in urban planning offer opportunity for in depth, focused study of emergent fields through specialization options.