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. It was an inspirational demonstration of the power of the “plus” – the people, ideas and values that drive us as a School, then and now.
The celebration on April 5-6, 2022, was a coming together like no other, at a time like no other. Nearly 300 alumni, friends, faculty, students and community members gathered in our spaces for learning and making in celebration of 50 years of inspiration and impact – in our region, around the world, and across our professions.
The two-day program included a School-wide open house; the unveiling of the 50+ Alumni Exhibition in Hayes Hall; the Sydney Gross Alumni Symposium, featuring 11 young alumni driving innovation across the built environment professions; and a special exhibition of the School’s work in Buffalo over 50 years.
Founded in 1969 as the “School of Architecture and Environmental Design,” we began as a self-described “band of renegades” leading a radical experiment in design education, one that situated the study of design and planning in its social contexts. Today, we hold the top ranks in research among architecture and planning schools across the nation; are known world-wide for our “city-as-classroom” approach to teaching and research; and extend our reach around the world through global scholarship and a network of more nearly 6,500 alumni.
We are at a moment of possibility 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.
"As we take stock of the trajectory of our first 50 years, we ask, 'Where to from here?,' It is absolutely grounded in social equity and responsibility and an expanding scope of engagement for our School and our professions going forward. And it most certainly will be with the support of deeper and more diverse partnerships across our communities."
- Dean Robert G. Shibley, SUNY Distinguished Professor, addressing guests gathered in Hayes Hall at the opening reception on April 6.
Let's imagine what's possible when we work together. We invite you to be part of the journey as we work together to advance a more equitable, resilient and vibrant built environment for all.
Alumni and friends from across the university and surrounding region joined with faculty and students in our Hayes Hall Atrium Gallery for the unveiling of our 50+ Alumni Exhibition, featuring 50+ alumni, in 50 images, over 50 years. The exhibition showcases the bold ideas of our graduates, realized through diverse modes of practice, from built works and community plans to experimental installations to acts of public service. Each image tells a personal story of creative drive and professional excellence; together, they represent the collective impact of our graduates at work across the professions, at all scales, and in communities around the world. Mounted in the Hayes Hall Atrium Gallery, the exhibition is on view through Sept. 5, 2022. Visit the exhibition in Hayes Hall or view the work online.
Hayes Hall Atrium Gallery
UB South Campus
Gallery hours: M - F, 8:30 pm - 5 pm
The 50+ Alumni Exhibition was curated by Gregory Delaney and Joyce Hwang with fabrication support from Wade Georgi, Daniel Vrana and Lindsay Romano, and special assistance from Christopher Saeili of Abasco Inc.
Explore the 50 selected projects, and learn more about the alumni and their innovative approaches to practice. Additional alumni works represent the full depth and diversity of work by our graduates.
Students and faculty heard from a panel of 11 distinguished young alumni leading innovation across our professions. From a professor of urban planning and an award-winning designer of tiny homes, to a civic entrepreneur advocating for social justice and a designer with one of the top boutique firms in the world, the esteemed group shared their personal and professional journeys since graduation, including projects of inspiration and how their time at UB has shaped their pathway.
Watch the presentations from our 11 alumni panelists by clicking on the individual names below.
The 2022 Sydney Gross Alumni Symposium was organized by Christopher Romano and Joyce Hwang, with support from the Sydney Gross Memorial Fund.
Drawing on the School’s cherished tradition of Atelier, the 50+ Anniversary Celebration included a School-wide open house with more than 100 displays of faculty and student work. A celebration of the creative process and maker culture behind our work, the event cast open the doors of our studios, shop facilities, critique spaces, research centers and classrooms with displays of work across our programs in architecture, urban planning, environmental design and real estate development. The exhibitions spanned Hayes Hall, the academic heart of our School, our Fabrication Workshop and SMART Fabrication Factory in Parker Hall, and undergraduate studio spaces in the Hayes and Acheson Hall Annexes.
Open Studio was organized by Gregory Delaney, Libertad Figuereo, Lindsay Romano, Barbara Carlson, Rachel Teaman and Monica Stage, with additional support from Miguel Guitart, Rose Orcutt, Samina Raja and Maryanne Schultz
Installed at Buffalo’s CEPA Gallery (April 6 – May 19, 2022), "The City and Its School" presents two exhibitions exploring the School’s 50-year investment in its host city. Guests were invited to join the exhibition's soft opening on April 6, followed by the formal opening on April 8.
The dual installation features “Buffalo Constructing Buffalo: From Olmsted to Van Valkenburgh,” a visual narrative interpreting the civic planning process behind the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park emerging on Buffalo’s Lake Erie waterfront, the foundation of city plans that informed it and the best practices research that informed it; and “See It Through Buffalo,” a documentary short that captures the varied urban landscapes of Buffalo and educational spaces of the School, revealing the exchange between a school and its city. Both exhibitions debuted in Venice, Italy, at Time Space Existence, an international exhibition that runs in parallel with the Venice Architecture Biennale, the world’s preeminent forum for architecture and design.
The City and Its School was curated by Dean Robert Shibley and Gregory Delaney with support from Lukas Fetzko and Eric Burlingame. Special thanks to the CEPA Gallery for hosting the School of Architecture and Planning. See full credits.
The renovation of Crosby Hall, the hub of our undergraduate studio experience, was also featured in the celebration. Guests were invited to hear from renovation architect Andrew Berman about the $28 million renovation, which will restore the building’s exterior to historic standards and reconfigure the interior into an airy, open, contemporary space for learning and making. Members of our Dean’s Council, an advisory board of distinguished alumni and professional leaders, received a tour of the space as the project moves toward its Fall 2023 completion.
Alumni reconnected with one another gathered with faculty and students at Duende @ Silo City, in the shadows of Buffalo's monumental grain silos, to kick off the two-day celebration.