The UB Affordable Housing Symposium

April 10, 2018 | Hayes Hall | UB South Campus

The School of Architecture and Planning is convening leading scholars and practitioners across the planning, architecture and real estate development professions to explore current conditions and future trends in housing policy, design and finance, and to consider new models for high-quality, affordable housing. The symposium kicks off a new program at the school to design and build affordable housing prototypes for Buffalo and cities like it across the U.S. 

Housing in Buffalo.

April 10, 2018
7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Hayes Hall 403
UB South Campus


Highlights of our agenda for the UB Affordable Housing Symposium:

Keynote Addresses

  • Henry Cisneros | Founder and Chairman, CityView; former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Donald A. Capoccia (BA '78) | Managing Principal, BFC Partners

Panel Sessions

  • Creating Effective Public Policy
  • Innovation in Architecture, Design and Construction
  • Real Estate Finance, and Deal Making in a Capital Constrained Market

The UB Affordable Housing Initiative: Imagining. Innovating. Building.

Students work on an affordable housing project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The project was part of a recent studio on inclusive design models for affordable housing, led by Ed Steinfeld.

Although the City of Buffalo has experienced a resurgence, it has inadequate high-quality housing that is affordable to a significant portion of its population. Like many cities, affordable housing in Buffalo has been heavily dependent on the availability of investments through low-income housing tax credits, the future availability of which is uncertain. 

Through coursework, research and participation in studios, architecture, real estate development and urban planning students and faculty will plan, design and ultimately build single-family or multi-family housing prototypes for underserved neighborhoods on Buffalo's East or West Side. Prototypes will be replicable both for Buffalo and cities like it across the U.S. The design-build project will also consider innovative design and construction materials and techniques. 

Updates and Related News

Thank you to the following generous supporters of UB's Affordable Housing Initiative:

Don Capoccia  ’78 | Tim Dempsey ’94 | Franklin Dickinson ’85 | Scott Lesh ’95 | Alex Morris ’91, ’94 | Cannon Heyman & Weiss | LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton | Anonymous

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AIA Continuing Education credits are also available for this event: 3 LUs