Crosby Hall Ceremonial Reopening

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Aerial view of Crosby Hall on the South Campus, taken in September 2023. The entrance was recently renovated. The building is mainly used by the School of Architecture and Planning.

The comprehensive renovation of Crosby Hall restores the E.B. Green-designed building to its original grandeur and transforms the studio hub of the School of Architecture and Planning. 

All photos by Douglas Levere

Join us as we celebrate the comprehensive restoration of Crosby Hall, and see how the newly modernized classrooms, studios and collaboration spaces are transforming the student experience in UB's School of Architecture and Planning.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

1:30 p.m. | Crosby Hall, South Campus

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The $28 million renovation revives a centerpiece of UB’s South Campus, embodying the university’s commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and the creation of contemporary spaces for learning. Students, faculty and staff reoccupied the building in time for the Fall 2023 semester. 

Designed by E.B. Green and completed in 1931, the Georgian Revival building has served as the hub of the School of Architecture and Planning's studio-based experience for nearly 40 years. The makeover restores Crosby Hall’s classical limestone exterior to its original grandeur, reconfigures the building’s interior and achieves new standards in efficiency.

Student sits in entry lobby where works by all students in the architecture program are on display.

The School of Architecture and Planning has already mounted an exhibition of work by architecture students, on display in the entry lobby. 

“From spacious studios to flexible spaces, the new Crosby Hall is a premier center for the education of future architects and planners,” says Julia Czerniak, dean of UB’s School of Architecture and Planning. “As we have reoccupied the building it has come to life as a bold expression of our culture of making and spirit of collaboration, and a renewed treasure on UB's historic South Campus.”

  • Related News: Exhibition Opening in Crosby Hall

    Join us Friday, March 8, for the opening of our inaugural exhibition in Crosby Hall: all types of work from all the students in all our spaces celebrates drawings, models, and full-scale projects created by students in the Department of Architecture during the Fall 2023 semester.

A thoughtful blend of old and new, the meticulous preservation of Crosby Hall’s classical limestone exterior and slate roof is complemented by a total reconfiguration of the building’s steel-frame interior.

With no load bearing walls, Crosby Hall offered the design team ultimate flexibility - both to reconfigure the building's interior and implement a total upgrade of its mechanical systems. Today, what was once a series of boxed-in classrooms and offices is now an integrated program of airy, open studios supporting collaborative learning and full-scale making. Meanwhile, grand entry plazas at the front and rear of the building create vibrant sense of arrival, offer spaces for gathering, and connect Crosby Hall to the surrounding campus.

The Crosby Hall project follows a similar historic restoration and modernization of Hayes Hall, the main home of the School of Architecture and Planning, which was completed in 2016.

Renovation highlights include:

  • Oversized windows — restored with historic sensitivity — and the addition of skylights flood studios and classrooms with natural light.
  • High-efficiency heating, cooling and ventilation systems and passive solar design put Crosby Hall on track to achieve a LEED Gold rating.
  • Social spaces include an expansive first-floor lounge and a gallery that doubles as an event or meeting area.
  • Three floorwide studios each feature over 120 individual workspaces, with 80 square feet of private workspace.
  • Corridors have been converted to flexible spaces for critiques and displays of student work.
  • Enhanced educational technologies support dialogue between physical and digital modes of design and making.
  • Expanded wireless coverage allows students to advance their projects outdoors.

The Crosby Hall renovation is the result of an intensively collaborative design process engaging the nationally regarded Andrew Berman Architect as renovation architect, a team of engineers and contractors, the State University Construction Fund, UB's capital planning team, and a design committee including faculty, staff and students of the School of Architecture and Planning. 


Manning Squires Hennig
LeChase Construction Services, LLC
C.J. Brown Energy, PC
and numerous valued subcontractors

Andrew Berman Architect
Bell & Spina Architects
Environmental Design and Research
Frandina Engineering & Land Surveying, PC
Gary Gordon Architectural Lighting
Silman Structural Solutions
Trophy Point Construction Services & Consulting
Watts Architecture & Engineering


ASI Sign Systems, Inc.
Audio Visual Corporation
Corr Distributors, Inc.
D.C.B. Elevator Co., Inc.
Dedicated Systems, Inc.
Digital Surveillance Solutions
IDN, Inc.
MidCity Office Furniture
Millington Lockwood
Prentice Office Environments
Securitas Technology

Thank you to our faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and donors for your continued support of UB’s student experience.