Plus You

Deepening our connection to alumni and friends | Building a better world together

50+ opening reception.

Graduates gather for the opening of our 50+ Alumni Exhibition on April 6, 2022. Featuring the work of 50+ graduates, in 50 images, over 50 years, the exhibition celebrates the bold ideas of our alumni and the collective impact of our community. Photo by KC Kratt

As the built environment professions mobilize in new ways on the complex challenges facing cities today - from the climate crisis to critical shortages in affordable housing - we imagine all that's possible when we work together. We invite you to share your ideas, get involved, and join our movement to advance a more equitable, resilient and vibrant built environment for all.

As we step into the next half century for the School of Architecture and Planning, we stand on a more than 50-year foundation of innovation and impact built together with our community. In the spirit of the plus, we’re deepening our connections to community with new programs and resources for the alumni and friends who inspire and support us.

Lauren Turner.

Meet our new alumni officer

Lauren Turner | Assistant Director, Alumni and Constituent Engagement

Lauren joined UB's Office of Alumni Engagement in March 2022 as assistant director of alumni engagement for the School of Architecture and Planning.  As our designated alumni liaison, Lauren helps connect alumni to the life of the School and UB's global alumni network through regional programs, identity-based affinities and student engagement. "Whether it is serving as a guest critic, attending lectures, setting up a happy hour, or even just grabbing a cup of coffee, there are countless opportunities to stay connected and stay bold. This is just the beginning!"

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Stay Connected

Keep Leading the Charge

UB grads get exclusive access to UB’s global alumni network, special events, learning opportunities, and more. Explore UB's alumni resources.

50+ Anniversary Celebration

Deferred more than two years due to the pandemic, the School of Architecture and Planning’s 50+ Anniversary Celebration program opened our doors wide to the community, putting the work of faculty, students and alumni – across five decades – on full display.

50+ timeline.

The two-day celebration, an inspirational demonstration of the power of the “plus” – the people, ideas and values that drive us as a School, then and now. 

alumni exhibition.

We draw inspiration from the bold ideas and creative drive of our alumni. The 50+ Alumni Exhibition elevates the work of 50+ alumni, in 50 images, across 50 years. 

symposium postcard.

The Sydney Gross Alumni Symposium featured 11 distinguished young alumni leading innovation in practice. Find out how UB has shaped their life's path.

Upcoming Events

Our public programs characterize the inquisitive, inclusive culture at the School of Architecture and Planning. Join us for a series of lectures, exhibitions and events featuring distinguished scholars and practitioners across the built environment professions.

Sheila Foster.

Sheila Foster, Clarkson Chair in Planning | Sept. 21, 2022

Sheila Foster, the Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy at Georgetown, comes to UB as the 2022 Will and Nan Clarkson Chair in Planning. She studies the areas of environmental law and justice and urban land use law, recently publishing From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement.

Hiro Hata.

Sketches in Italian Urbanism, 1985-1988: Exhibition Opening, Oct. 7, 2022

Explore sketching as a form of inquiry in this exhibition of selected drawings by UB Professor Hiroaki (“Hiro”) Hata. On view in Hayes Hall from Sept. 30 - Nov. 18, 2022, the exhibition will feature more than 80 sketches made by Hata during his study of Italian Renaissance urbanism in the 1980s. Opening reception Oct. 7, 6 pm - 8 pm.

Recovery/Reclamation lecture series.

Fall 2022 Lecture Series: Recovery/Reclamation

The public lecture series for the 2022-23 academic year is dedicated to the entwined, even hopeful, themes of Recovery/Reclamation. The racially motivated shooting at the Tops supermarket on Buffalo’s East Side in May of this year highlighted the local, national and global implications of structural bias. In response, we will engage a range of speakers who address the subject of recovery and reclamation in an effort to place this recent tragedy within a broader history and perspective. See the full lineup

Continuous Learning
  • Career Resources: Let your alumni powered global network advance your career success.
  • Lecture and events in our public programs series offer continuing education credits for architects and urban planners maintaining their professional licensure. Details are provided on specific event pages. 
  • Universal Design online training: Our Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access offers continuing education opportunities through its Universal Design Education online hub.

Alumni Spotlight

From Buffalo to Shanghai, our nearly 6,500 alumni are leading the way through inspirational practice. UB graduates hold diverse positions of influence across our professions, from firm executives and government officials, to real estate developers and historic preservationists, to community activists and the heads of design research enterprises. 

We invite all alumni to share your stories of innovation and impact.

Distinguished Alumni and Friends

The School's Dean's Council is a leadership group of distinguished alumni and friends who are leaders across our professions. Read more about the professional advisory board for the School of Architecture and Planning.  

Support our Students

Alumni play a critical role in supporting our students as they navigate their pathways into the profession, providing mentor-ship, knowledge-sharing, access to professional networks and internships. See how you can help prepare the next generation of leaders.

Perspectives Speaker Series poster.

Share your experience

The insight and experience of our alumni and partners across the professions is critical to guiding our students along their pathway into the profession. Share your experience through our alumni webinar speaker series or contact our professional advisors to learn more about mentoring opportunities.

students work together in Hayes Hall.

Hire our students

Our hands on, practice-based approach to teaching and learning prepares our students for today's world of practice. Explore the work of our students and learn more about how you can tap into our talent pipeline of future architects, planners and developers. 


Invest in future leaders

Your support is crucial to attracting the best and brightest students through scholarships and tuition support, and fostering enriching experiential learning opportunities for our students. Invest in the future of our profession. 

freshman architecture students sit in their full-scale installation.

Let's go forward boldly, together

Your generosity has emboldened our dreams and honed our vision: the Boldly Buffalo campaign is on an unprecedented course to raise one billion dollars. And with your continued bold support, we’ll make history together. Raising funds for student support, faculty research and innovative programs that benefit the world, the campaign plays a pivotal role in UB’s aspiration to be in the Top 25 public research universities in the nation within the next decade.