The Graduate Affordable Housing Advanced Certificate is designed for individuals who are aspiring or advancing professionals with an earned bachelor's degree and an interest in gaining further knowledge about the design, policy-making, and development of affordable housing in the United States.
In the U.S., the pervasiveness of affordability problems among low-income renters is primarily due to the shortage of appropriately priced housing and the low and decreasing incomes of renters. While renters are becoming poorer, the supply of housing that is affordable and available is shrinking. Access to adequate, affordable housing is fundamental to thriving urban areas, with far-reaching consequences for people’s health, quality of life, and access to opportunities. Individuals may complete the Affordable Housing Advanced Certificate as a “standalone” academic credential, or in conjunction with an existing University at Buffalo graduate-level degree program, including an MArch, MSRED, or MUP.
For over 50 years, the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning has made practical work in, with, and for communities in the Buffalo-Niagara Metropolitan (as well as and the larger Upstate New York region) a central experience in the education of student architects, environmental designers/preservations, urban planners, and real estate developers. Situated within the resurging City of Buffalo and its surrounding binational region, the School of Architecture and Planning engage in constant creative dialogue with local industries, firms, designers, planners, developers, governments, and an active grassroots movement. Race, gender, and social equity in housing remain a major concern in architecture, environmental design/preservation, urban planning, and real estate development, and among the organizations that oversee professional education and practice. By addressing new ways to lower the cost of housing planning, design, and development, the graduate Affordable Housing Advanced Certificate (AdvCrt) aims to test innovative solutions to existing challenges, and educate students who ensure future housing is made affordable and inclusive for all.
Please note, this certificate is not currently offered online, ONLY in person.
Foundations courses (required core courses):
END 606/URP 606: Housing and Community Development – 3 credits (Fall)
Impacts on Affordable Housing (required course):
END 520/URP 520: Affordable Housing in Practice– 3 credits (Spring)
Affordable Housing Electives (select one course):
END 546/URP 546: Real Estate, City and Environment – 3 credits (Fall)
END 558/URP 558: Design for Inclusive Environments – 3 credits (Fall)
END 605/URP 605: Built Environment and Health – 3 credits (Fall)
END 525: Financing Development Projects 1 – 4 credits (Fall)
END 503/URP 503: Strategies of Property Management – 3 credits (Fall)
END 522/URP 522: Economic Development Planning – 3 credits (Spring)
ARC 582: Professional Practice 1 – 3 credits (Spring)
ARC 584: Professional Practice 2 – 3 credits (Fall)
ARC 548: Building Projects – 3 credits (Fall)
SYNTHESIZING AFFORDABLE HOUSING (select one studio or select one independent and one elective)
END 593: Capstone for Affordable Housing – 7 credits (Fall)
END 599: Independent Study – 4 credits (Fall and Spring) AND Elective – 3 credits
16 total credits required
Tuition and fees: $10,497
Books and supplies: $1,438
On-campus room & board: $11,144
* The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:
*There were fewer than 10 graduates in this program. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of graduates.
The program is designed to take 2-3 semesters to complete.