Welcome from the Chair: Daniel B. Hess

Daniel Hess, PhD.

For nearly five decades, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo has challenged students to reimagine and transform cities, strengthen and cultivate communities, enhance public services, forge new policies, and responsibly nurture the natural environment.

These aims resonate throughout our bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral-level academic programs in which we welcome students from across New York State and from around the world to pursue the study of environmental design, urban planning, and real estate development. Through design, research, and study, we prepare students for careers in which they can make positive change in communities. Working closely with our faculty, students engage in cutting-edge research and fieldwork that prepares for leadership and professional excellence.

In this learning community, we are motivated by a shared desire to plan and design communities in which people can live healthy, safe, and enjoyable lives. Concerns for diversity, inclusion, and equity underscore our teaching, learning, research, and service. Our faculty are engaged in important research; they are embedded in local communities while generating new knowledge for addressing global challenges. Our alumni number more than 5,400 strong and are at work around the world. 

Our newly-renovated home in Hayes Hall on the University at Buffalo south campus — featuring state-of-the-art studio and research facilities — serves as a home base from which we engage challenges across the region, North America, and the world. Collaboration is at the heart of our work, and we emphasize participation, collective decision making, and advocacy in all we do. We proudly harness and propel the excitement of Buffalo’s long-awaited resurgence and are actively engaged in energizing neighborhoods and communities.

Whether you are a prospective student or a long-time alum, we enthusiastically invite you to be part of the excitement of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo.