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  • New certificate program addresses affordable housing crisis
    The certificate will draw upon programs in real estate development, architecture and urban planning, while engaging students in the urban landscapes of Buffalo.
  • Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah assumes role as interim chair of Department of Urban and Regional Planning
    The Department of Urban and Regional Planning has announced the appointment of Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah as interim chair. Boamah, an associate professor of urban planning and director of graduate studies for the program, assumes the leadership role after Daniel B. Hess announced he will step down as chair to return to the faculty. 
  • UB architecture school partners with PUSH Buffalo to train workers in green jobs

    The School of Architecture and Planning is partnering with People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo) to train Buffalo’s workforce in climate-resilient design and development. The effort will result in the Sustainability Workforce Training Center, a 2,500-square-foot, zero-net energy building that will house a six-week training program to prepare unemployed and underemployed individuals for the local green workforce, and the next generation of climate activists. The project leverages PUSH Buffalo’s efforts to expand local hiring opportunities and advance economic and climate justice with the School's faculty expertise in adapting the built environment to extreme weather and climate change. 

  • Citizen Planning School graduates latest class of citizen activists
    UB’s award-winning Citizen Planning School has graduated its sixth cohort of citizen activists, mobilizing community development ideas as diverse as a mobility hub on Buffalo’s East Side, a mentoring center for at-risk populations in Niagara Falls, and a community center to expand public access to Buffalo’s Lake Erie waterfront.
  • UB urban design students share proposals for future heart of Buffalo’s Bailey Green neighborhood
    Members of the public recently joined with UB architecture students to see the results of an urban design studio engaging residents in reimagining the heart of the Bailey Green neighborhood on Buffalo's East Side.
  • Architecture studio shows tiny homes can do a lot of good

    This past Spring, senior architecture students working under the direction of Brad Wales and working in partnership with A Tiny Home for Good designed three tiny home prototypes for people experiencing homelessness and then developed them to permit-ready construction. The homes are now under construction in Syracuse and are scheduled for completion by June 2023.

  • Spring 2022 final reviews recap
    As the 2021-22 academic year comes to a close, students in the School of Architecture and Planning presented the final projects across our programs in architecture, urban planning and real estate development.
  • Op-ed: East Buffalo Needs Community-Driven Structural Investments, Not Fly-In, Fly-Out Charity
    An op-ed piece written by a group of food equity scholars from varied institutions affiliated with the UB Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab critiques the deficit-based view of East Buffalo that overlooks the work of Black individuals & organizations that have been strengthening the food system for decades.
  • Celebrating 50 years of innovation and impact

    See full coverage of our 50+ Anniversary Celebration, which joined the School together across the eras and opened the conversation for our next 50 years.

  • Faculty experts inform national conversation on racial segregation in aftermath of tragic shooting

    In response to the tragic racist shooting in Buffalo on May 14, the faculty of the School of Architecture and Planning have been called upon by national media to help understand existing conditions across East Buffalo and inform the conversation about just how deeply racism is embedded in our urban context.  

  • How decades of racism have shaped Buffalo
    A University at Buffalo article highlights the 2021 Center for Urban Studies report on inequality in Buffalo over the past three decades. Conducted with support from community and academic partners, the study focused on conditions impacting Black residents, and explained how discriminatory policymaking fueled decades of underdevelopment in predominantly Black neighborhoods. The report, titled “The Harder We Run: The State of Black Buffalo in 1990 and the Present,” is receiving renewed attention following the May 14 mass shooting at the Tops grocery store on Jefferson Avenue. “To me, it’s important to remember this history because it helps us understand how we are to respond to this attack,” says Henry-Louis Taylor, UB professor of urban planning and director of the Center for Urban Studies. “I keep making the connection that this attack can’t be seen as an isolated event, that it’s very much associated with the anti-critical race theory movement, and to the efforts across the country to suppress Black voters, and to the conditions of life under which our people live. We are fighting to build a society based on racial, social and economic justice."
  • What We Get Wrong About Food Insecurity in Places Like Buffalo’s East Side
    An article on about the shooting interviews Samina Raja of UB's Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab about how community members are dealing with food insecurity in the wake of the tragedy, and how histories of racial segregation have contributed to conditions of food apartheid in East Buffalo.