Kristine Stiphany, PhD, AIA

Assistant Professor - Department of Architecture, Director, MArch/MUP Program
stiphany@buffalo.edu - 335 Hayes Hall - (716) 829-5985

Kristine Stiphany speaking at the Economy and the City: Housing and Urban Development symposium at the University of São Paulo in 2016.

Kristine Stiphany speaking at the Economy and the City: Housing and Urban Development symposium at the University of São Paulo in 2016. 

Kristine Stiphany, PhD, assistant professor of architecture at the University at Buffalo, investigates how socially-oriented built environments adapt to urbanization, centering on civic technologies for documenting how building-level change impacts housing access, safety, and justice. Stiphany works to develop participatory tools and methods that communities can use to prepare their housing assets for future urban uncertainties. 

Communities need their own, situated data to resist the changes that big-data driven urban redevelopment proposes.

 - Kristine Stiphany

Stiphany’s work advances housing adaptation strategies for promoting resilience in urbanization-vulnerable neighborhoods, with a focus on informal settlements in Latin America and along the U.S. – Mexico border. She integrates research and teaching through studios that immerse her students in the real-life challenges of practice in under-resourced communities and civic technology-based planning for promoting housing adaptation strategies that engineers, architects, planners, and policy makers can use to make cities more resilient.

A registered architect, member of the AIA and former planner for ‘slum upgrading’ projects in São Paulo, Stiphany is known for uniting large transdisciplinary teams for conducting research about the role of communities for using data-based planning to document and monitor how buildings adapt to climate and urbanization-borne threats in informal settlements, which was the focus of her National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the founder of the Chapa Civic Data Lab, and directs its subsidiary, Design for Resilient Environments Lab (DRE-Lab) at UB. She is also the co-chair of the Latin American Housing Network.

Kristine’s teaching, research, and practice seek to create innovative connections between architecture and urban planning. At UB, Kristine teaches graduate housing studios and is the director of MArch/MUP dual degree program. Prior to her doctoral work, Stiphany also worked at Studio Gang in Chicago. She won several recent design awards for  housing and public space projects in Austin, Brasilia, and São Paulo. Her work is published in Journal of Planning Education and Research, Latin American Research Review, and Urban Studies, among others. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan.

Kristine Stiphany conducting National Science Foundation-funded research about technology-based planning and 'slum' upgrading in 2017.

Kristine Stiphany conducting National Science Foundation-funded research about technology-based planning and 'slum' upgrading in 2017. 

Kristine Stiphany leading a service-learning studio in Portoviejo, Ecuador in 2019.

Kristine Stiphany leading a service-learning studio in Portoviejo, Ecuador in 2019.