2023 Spring Public Programs

The public lecture series for the 2022-23 academic year is dedicated to the entwined, even hopeful, themes of Recovery/Reclamation.

Recovery / Reclamation

The racially motivated shooting at the Tops supermarket on Buffalo’s East Side in May of this year highlighted the local, national and global implications of structural bias. In response, we are engaging a range of speakers who address the subject of recovery and reclamation through their work in an effort to place this recent tragedy within a broader history and perspective.

How can we respond constructively to events motivated by institutionally-reinforced discrimination?

This series aspires to catalyze restorative thinking throughout the school and its expanded community.

  • Jenny Sabin

    March 1, 2023 | "Biosynthetic Design: Towards Adaptive Architecture"               

    Sabin will present ongoing trans-disciplinary research and design spanning across the fields of cell biology, materials science, physics, fiber science, fashion, mechanical and structural engineering, and architecture.

  • Andy Shanken

    March 29, 2023 "Why Memorials Are Strange"

    This lecture inquires into how memorials and monuments get turned on and off, how people use them in their various states, and finally why memorials are a quintessential example of what Henri Lefebvre called bizarrerie.

  • Sheila Crane

    April 5, 2023 

    "Up-rooting / Re-rooting"

    Crane has published widely on colonial infrastructures, histories of planning, ephemeral urbanisms, cities in conflict, the politics of memory and rebuilding in the wake of violence, and queer landscapes.

  • Alison Brooks

    May 4, 2023 | Bethune Lecture "Context is Everything."                                       

    Brooks will cover her practice's recent work, with a focus on four ideals: civicness, authenticity, generosity, and beauty.

  • Iftikhar Hakim

    April 26, 2023 | Jammal Lecture "Fifty years of urban planning in the Kashmir     

    Hakim will focus on the spatial planning of Srinagar tracing the history of the plan documents from the date the formal planning was instituted in the Valley.


Special thanks to our 2022-23 public programs committee: Kelly Gregg, Jacobé Huet, Hadas Steiner and Adam Thibodeaux

The public lecture series of the School of Architecture and Planning is supported by AIA Buffalo/WNY | Viviane Jammal | Will and Nan Clarkson Visiting Chair Program | UB Department of Architecture | UB Department of Urban and Regional Planning | The Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIX) | American Planning Association NY Upstate Chapter.


6-7:30 p.m. | 403 Hayes

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