Hiroaki Hata

Associate Professor - Department of Architecture
hata@buffalo.edu - 123 Crosby Hall - (716) 829-5891

Associate Professor - Department of Architecture
hata@buffalo.edu - 123 Crosby Hall - (716) 829-5891

Hiro Hata headshot.

Associate Professor Hiroaki Hata’s research and creative work focuses on the design, history, theory and criticism of urban structures and community development. He holds a post-professional degree in urban design from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University.

With a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Architecture and Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Hata holds numerous teaching roles at the School of Architecture and Planning. He teaches the School's joint studio in urban design and is a core faculty member in the architecture program's Urban Design Graduate Research Group while serving as director of the Urban Design Specialization in the Master of Urban Planning program. He is an affiliated faculty member of the MS in Real Estate Development Program in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Hata is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Institute of Urban Design. He has been an urban design/master planning consultant and designer for numerous projects including:

  • Outstanding Planning Award in the category of Comprehensive Planning from the WNY APA Section for Niagara Waterfront Opportunity Area Plan; with LaBella Associates led a multi-disciplinary group of consultants: including School of Architecture & Planning/UB Regional Institute/Master Planning & Design, Trowbridge Wolf Michaels/LA
  • Runner-up: International Design Awards Competition Bailey Green II received the runner-up recognition from International Making Cities Livable in the 53rd Conference, Rome, Italy, June, 2016
  • Two Outstanding Student Project Awards from both American Planning Association New York Upstate Chapter and its WNY Chapter, 2016
  • Revitalizing Bailey-Genesee Neighborhood: an interdisciplinary studio between MArch and MUP students in Fall 2014, from the APA Professional Awards Committee; Upstate Chapter September, 2016; WNY Chapter in May, 2016
  • First Prize: “The Gates Circle Hospital Reuse Design/Development Competition”
  • A design partner of HGW Group with Chason Affinity Group as developer,  Sponsor: Kaleida Health of WNY
  • The University at Buffalo North and South Campuses Landscape Master Plan, Niagara Falls Pine Avenue Business District Urban Design Plan
  • His joint studio project, “Shaping A New Town Center for Grand Island, NY” , won awards from American Planning Association’s Upstate and Western New York Chapters.
  • The Lower Niagara River park Master Plan won awards from American Planning Association’s Western New York Chapters.
  • Third Prize: “the Buffalo Urban Retail Core International Design Competition”, with HHL Architects, fall, 1986

Special exhibition in Hayes Hall features sketches by Hiro Hata

  • Sketches in Italian Urbanism, 1985-1988: An Exhibition by Hiroaki Hata

    Opening Reception: Oct. 7, 2022

    Explore sketching as a form of inquiry in this exhibition of selected drawings by UB Professor Hiroaki (“Hiro”) Hata. Featuring more than 80 sketches made by Hata during his study of Italian Renaissance urbanism in the 1980s, the exhibition will open with a public reception on Oct. 7 and run through Nov. 18, 2022.

Selected work by Hiro Hata

Recent publication by Hata explores theories of perspectival thinking in urban design

In "Framing the beholder’s visual experience: an investigation of perspectival thinking for urban design," published in the Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability (September 2021), UB's Ernest Sternberg, professor of urban planning, and Hiro Hata, associate professor of urban design, investigates ideas of perspectival design through the 20th century, describing applications in urban design practice, exploring its limitations, responding to criticisms, and suggesting future theoretical directions.

  • Restoring Scajaquada Creek

    Architecture and urban planning students in a joint urban design studio explored redevelopment solutions for the Scajaquada Creek corridor and opportunities to integrate the natural and surrounding built contexts to boost public health. 

  • Scajaquada Creek: The Existing Conditions & The Future
    This graduate-level studio in the Master of Urban Planning program explores the Scajaquada Creek and its potential for development as a cultural and ecological asset for the City of Buffalo.
  • Bailey Green Initiative
    Bailey Green is an on-going community development initiative in the heart of Buffalo’s East Side that has its beginnings in a community partnership led by UB associate professor of urban design Hrioaki Hata.

Read more about the Bailey Green Initiative