Graduate Certificate in Affordable Housing

Students work on a recent affordable housing rehab project in Buffalo.

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.

The School of Architecture and Planning launches The Affordable Housing Initiative

The School of Architecture and Planning is uniquely positioned to lead research and applied project work that advances innovation in affordable housing. For over 50 years, the School has made working with communities in Buffalo a central experience in the education of student architects, planners, urban designers, and now, real estate professionals.  In 2017, the School launched this initiative through the essential financial support of more than $125,000 from alumni and friends and an additional $25,000 from the UB President’s Circle.

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. 

Affordable Housing Director   

 Matt Roland   

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Kevin P. Donovan
Director of Graduate Recruitment
129 Hayes Hall