Our program features a lineup of distinguished thought leaders, practitioners and educators in architecture and planning. A moderated panel conversation and audience Q&A will be followed by a reception with the "See It Through Buffalo" production team and our panel participants.
Cathleen McGuigan is Editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, the nation’s leading architecture publication for more than 125 years. Under her leadership, Record has won the Grand Neal award, the top American Business Media award for overall excellence, among numerous other editorial awards.
A former architecture critic and arts editor of Newsweek, McGuigan has a BA from Brown University and was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. She has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has been a Poynter Fellow at Yale. Besides Newsweek and Record, her articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, and Rolling Stone. She sits on the board of trustees of the Skyscraper Museum and the Center for Architecture in New York and is on the advisory council of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.
Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP, is an architect, educator, and the dean of the Yale School of Architecture. She has been a professor (adjunct) at Yale since 1987. In 2012, she was the inaugural recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Prize at the University of California at Berkeley, which is given to an architect who has advanced the position of women in the profession and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and the community. She is the founder of the New York-based architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners. Among firm’s most significant works are the Marianne Boesky Gallery building in New York, the Irwin Union Bank in Columbus, Indiana, the Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, the 21c Museum Hotels across the South and Midwest, the Cummins Distribution Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia. Deborah and the firm are the subject of two books: House Rules (Rizzoli, July 2016), which focuses on the firm’s residential work and offers practical and poetic advice for better living; and Working (Artifice, spring 2018), a survey of the firm’s workspaces, including offices, galleries, factories, and learning environments.
Diane E. Davis is the Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Development and Urbanism and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Before to moving to the GSD in 2011, Davis served as the head of the International Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, where she also had a term as Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. Trained as a sociologist, Davis’s research interests include the relations between urbanization and national development, comparative urban governance, socio-spatial practice in conflict cities, urban violence, and new territorial manifestations of sovereignty. She is widely published, most recently with the bookTransforming Urban Transport (with Alan Altshuler) (Oxford University Press, 2018). She was recently principal investigator for a three-year project focused on the role of political leadership in transforming urban transport, and a three-year project oriented toward developing more sustainable social housing policies for Mexican cities.
As a teacher, scholar and practitioner of architecture and planning for more than 40 years, Robert (Bob) Shibley has dedicated his career to advancing knowledge-based design and placemaking in service to the public. Shibley has served as dean of the School of Architecture and Planning since 2011. Joining UB in 1982 as chair of its architecture program, he continues to hold professorships in both architecture and urban planning. Shibley’s leadership in producing award-winning plans for Buffalo has spurred new investment and elevating public expectations for design and planning. He has directed efforts to draft Buffalo’s comprehensive plan, along with plans for the city’s waterfront, Larkin District and Olmsted park and parkway system, and today guides a series of regional economic and sustainable development plans. A fellow in the American Institute of Architects and American Institute of Certified Planners, Shibley has authored or co-authored 14 books and hundreds of publications. He consults internationally in service of excellence in the professions and design education.
A clinical assistant professor of architecture at the UB School of Architecture and Planning, Gregory Delaney is a graduate of The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School, where he earned his degrees (B.S. in Architecture and M.A.S. in Criticism) and taught courses in architecture and landscape architecture before moving to Buffalo in 2011. His work focuses primarily on the research, documentation, and cataloging of significant built works of architecture and landscape architecture in the United States. As a designer and historian, Gregory teaches both design studios and core courses in the areas of history and theory in addition to running intensive travel programs for students in architecture and planning.
With 25 years of experience, John Paget (First+Main Films) has shot, produced, directed and edited several award-winning and nationally broadcast documentaries. His exceptional storytelling instincts and craftsman-like approach to cinematography are supported by advanced technical skills and a distinct ability to capture the city of Buffalo. His filmography also includes documentaries on iconic American topics like Route 66, Elvis Impersonators and Alcatraz Prison. He's traveled worldwide to produce commissioned projects for international non-profits, TV networks, and Fortune 500 companies. Originally from Olympia, Washington, John now lives in Buffalo, New York. He's made several celebrated short films about Buffalo, including Buffalo: America's Best Designed City, This Place Matters and Buffalo For Real.
Serving as professor and chair of architecture at the UB School of Architecture and Planning and co-director of the Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity, Korydon Smith conducts research on planning and design for diversity, health, and social justice in the United States and abroad. He has traveled widely throughout Europe and North America, and has done collaborative, applied research in Rwanda, Uganda, India, and Costa Rica. He is currently working on his seventh book; past works have included – Inclusive Design: Implementation and Evaluation (2018), Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences (2015), and Introducing Architectural Theory: Debating a Discipline (2012) – all with Routledge press. Smith holds an Ed.D. in higher education leadership as well as a professional M.Arch. degree, and has received seven awards for outstanding teaching.