Undergraduate students in the community.

Our students are curious about the built environment and its social, cultural, political and ecological contexts. Resourceful, entrepreneurial and actively engaged in our local and global communities, our students are passionate about making our world a better place for all.

  • City/Life
    The City/Life studio puts a focus on the urban dwelling as a threshold between self and society, between the local and the goal, and between nature and culture.
  • Ritual Space
    Ritual Space is a collection of ten structures, each designed and constructed by studio teams in first-year design studio. Finding its beginnings in the development of an interlocking joint system, students adapted this tectonic item into an evocative, spatial proposal.
  • Urban Life: Self + Society
    In the Fall of 2020, students in the Senior class designed multiple-unit housing within the Bedford Stuyvesant district of Brooklyn, New York. The semester focused on the urban dwelling as a threshold between self and society, between local and global, and between nature and culture. This project aimed to develop connections in the student’s mind about context and developing systems of housing that would relate to a greater social, technical, cultural, political, and economic understanding of urban space.
  • Regional economic development & equity assessment for Buffalo, New York
    A graduate-level studio directed by associate professor of urban planning Jiyoung Park, PhD, This study is focused on investigating economic development opportunities for four cities along the New York State I-90 corridor; Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany. 
  • The Village of Kenmore: Planning & Design Recommendations
    The 2020 Plan for the Village of Kenmore was developed in collaboration with municipal leaders and community members in the community located along the northern border of the City of Buffalo. The plan considers current issues being tackled in the village, the planning board’s goals for the future of Kenmore, as well as a broad idea about how village planning works in Kenmore.
  • Fitting In
    Students in the sophomore year in the Spring of 2020 made many explorations regarding site context. This approach was taken to help students understand how architecture achieves a sense of belonging in a given place, especially in an ever-evolving context.
  • Playing Against Type
    The Spring 2020 Inclusive Design studio, Playing Against Type, was a critique on the typological thinking present in western architecture. Assistant Professor Charles Davis encouraged students to examine the reuse of European-inspired developer housing by the material customs of Black life on Buffalo’s East Side. It is understood within these investigations that the typological diagram of a building emulates the function of the cultural potentials of “primitive” peoples against the standards and norms of European civilization. 
  • Transformable Shells
    In 2018, the School of Architecture and Planning hosted a competition to address a design problem: students sitting on the HVAC units in the newly renovated Hayes Hall. The competition embraced the issue by inviting students to offer a design solution that would allow students to use the systems in a safe manner.
  • Upstate Road Train
    The Upstate Road Train (URT) proposed for New York State is a state-of-the-art concept for intercity transportation. The overarching idea for this report was provided by Tim Tielman, executive director of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture. This report analyzes existing infrastructure to recommend how this URT system can be integrated into its fabric.
  • Planning for the health and social inclusion of LGBT older adults
    Did you know that health care and aging-oriented organizations have identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults as an at-risk and underserved population?
  • Cats of Brutalism

    July 21, 2021
    The Westcott House is teaming up with Cats of Brutalism to present a free virtual program - a conversation with Emily Battaglia, Madelaine Ong and Michaela Senay, creators of Cats of Brutalism, and students of the Master of Architecture program at the University at Buffalo. 

  • Diversity+Design competition pays tribute to victims of COVID-19
    UB students participating in the annual Diversity + Design Competition have generated a series of thoughtful proposals for a memorial to victims of COVID-19.
  • UB teams with Alfred University to advance stackable ceramic fa├žade prototype
    A team of UB architecture faculty and students have developed a stackable ceramic facade system that opens new possibilities in user-generated architecture and sculptural geometries in terra cotta.
  • 2018 Commencement marks historical moment for School of Architecture and Planning

    “You have, by this point, put your career on a vector,” Daniel B. Hess, UB professor and chair of urban planning told the Class of 2018 in his address to graduates. “However that vector may change… resilience and flexibility in your professional life are important. Do not limit yourself to a normal or expected routine. Become the main character in your own story."

  • Creating safe and inclusive spaces for people of all genders
    Here at UB's School of Architecture and Planning, we’re committed to creating safe, open and vibrant spaces for all – regardless of race, gender, ability or background.
  • Figure to Fiber
    The Spring 2021 Situated Technologies research studio returned to the topics of geometry and topology through surface disclinations, introduced by Assistant Professor Nicholas Bruscia in 2019 as both a developing area of research and a pedagogical exercise.