Every semester the School of Architecture and Planning invites distinguished architects and planners to campus for a series of public symposia, seminars and exhibitions. Convening practitioners, scholars, students and members of the community around the top issues facing our profession today, the program is a vibrant part of the intellectual life of the school.

Upcoming events

  • 9/15/21

    Our 2021-22 lecture series, "Looking Askance," considers today's percolating social issues from the vantage point of the socio-spatial disruptions of the past few years. Whether offered in the form of a postscript, an aside, or even a look askance, the views offered by our program will critically reflect on what might appear to be the status quo.

  • 9/22/21

    Sep. 22, 2021

    Join Alison Killing, journalist and architect, as she shares her team's investigation of the network of detention camps built by China in the northwest region of Xinjiang, as part of its campaign of oppression against Turkic Muslims.

  • 10/1/21

    Oct. 1, 2021
    On Oct. 1, 2021, following UB's in-person commencement celebration for the Class of 2020, the School of Architecture and Planning will host "Designing Forward," a panel conversation with alumni who graduated during COVID. Hear from graduates how they navigate(d) the transition after graduation in times of COVID and share insights for future students and professionals about navigating challenging complex times.

  • 10/1/21

    Oct. 1, 2021
    Now that we may safely do so, UB looks forward to celebrating you, our Class of 2020, in-person. Formal ceremonies are set for Friday, Oct. 1, followed by a special event and reception at the School of Architecture and Planning. 

  • 10/6/21

    Oct. 6, 2021

    Join Samaneh Moafi, senior researcher at Forensic Architecture, as she examines the role of image and video footage circulating on social media platforms in bringing accountability.

  • 10/20/21

    Oct. 20, 2021

    Join Mark Jarzombek, professor of history and theory of architecture at MIT, as he explores the tension between the architect and the faber, and its disciplinary history tracing it forward even into the work of Mies van der Rohe and other more contemporary architects such as Maki and Associates and OMA.

  • 10/27/21

    Oct. 27, 2021

    Join architect and educator Elgin Checkley of _mpathic design to explore the firm's engagement with the urban fabric of Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2021. Experience what the built environment feels like through Blackness - a year after our collective racial reckoning - to achieve goals for inclusive public spaces. 

  • 11/3/21

    Nov. 3, 2021

    Join architect and educator Peggy Deamer as she examines the structural role of competition in the field of architecture and identifies nodes for redirecting architectural creative talents.

  • 11/17/21

    Nov. 17, 2021

    Join Renia Ehrenfeucht, a professor of planning at the University of New Mexico, in a discussion on how grassroots action and everyday life has the power to reshape our societies and address grand challenges such as social and climate justice.

Past events

Attention AIA and AICP members

Select lecture and events in our public programs series offer AIA and AICP learning units for professional continuing education. Details are provided on specific event pages.