School of Architecture and Planning welcomes largest cohort of new faculty in nearly a decade

New faculty photos in a grid of 10.

Welcome, new faculty! Pictured clockwise from left to right: Jacobé Huet, Anahita Khodadadi, Daniela Sandler, Jason Sowell, Kristine Stiphany, Kate Nelischer, Elaine Chow, Laura Lubniewski, Adam Thibodeaux, and Daniel Vrana.

Published October 25, 2022

The School of Architecture and Planning is pleased to welcome 10 new faculty with the start of the 2022-23 academic year, the largest and most diverse cohort of faculty hires in nearly a decade.

Growing our interdisciplinary research enterprise

Including six tenure-track hires and four clinical hires in architecture, and a tenure-track hire in urban planning and real estate development, the group brings interdisciplinary expertise in fields as diverse as planning and design for informal settlements, inclusive city-building practices, sustainable design, computer-aided design, building science, architectural history, community engagement methodology, landscape design, and learning science.

“The diversity and caliber of our newest class of faculty signals the rising stature of the School of Architecture and Planning as a center for innovation on the most pressing challenges facing cities and communities today,” said Dean Robert. G. Shibley, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning.

The new hires are part of a university-wide trajectory of faculty growth. This year, UB, New York’s flagship university, welcomed 130 new faculty across all decanal areas and has received $12.1 million from New York State to make additional hires.

“We’re proud to be right in step with our university’s ambition to double research spending as we strive to enter the nation’s Top 25 public research universities by 2030,” said Shibley, highlighting the bold goal announced by President Satish K. Tripathi in his State of the University address last month.

Read more about the newest members of our faculty, including their reflections on joining the School and UB at this time of growth and interdisciplinary engagement with the grand challenges of our time. 

Department of Architecture

“Our newest colleagues both expand and deepen the impactful research and exceptional teaching done in the Department of Architecture. In addition to the interdisciplinary backgrounds they hold, each one is committed to advancing equity and inclusion in the classroom and the community. Already nationally known in this area, the department, bolstered by our new faculty, is more capable than ever to be a transformative leader.”

- Korydon Smith, EdD, professor and chair, UB Department of Architecture

Tenure-track hires tap into UB's broad research enterprise

Jacobé Huet, PhD

Assistant Professor


Jacobé Huet, PhD, is an assistant professor of architectural history and theory. Huet is a historian of modern architecture from a global perspective, with a focus on the transcultural Mediterranean. She received a PhD from Harvard University, an MA from Williams College, and a BA from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Anahita Khodadadi, PhD

Assistant Professor


Anahita Khodadadi, PhD, assistant professor of architecture, pursues research at the intersection of building science, computation and design, and inclusive teaching practices. An interdisciplinary scholar, she collaborates with researchers across UB’s Graduate School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as a part of UB's campus-wide Learning Science Initiative.

Daniela Sandler, PhD

Associate Professor


Daniela Sandler, PhD, is an associate professor of architectural and urban history. She holds a PhD in visual and cultural studies from the University of Rochester, and a professional degree in architecture and urbanism from the University of São Paulo.

Jason Sowell

Associate Professor


Jason Sowell, AIA, an associate professor of architecture and registered architect, investigates how landscapes adapt to climate change through research, teaching and practice. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University. His research explores landscape-oriented infrastructure as an urban adaptation to climate change, with a focus on how technologies shape housing and management practices.

Kristine Stiphany, PhD

Assistant Professor


Kristine Stiphany, PhD, AIA, is a registered architect and a Fulbright Fellow, and joins the UB faculty as an assistant professor of architecture. She was previously an assistant professor of architecture at Texas Tech University, where she led the Latin American Urban Design Lab and graduate studios to Latin America. 

Clinical faculty hires bring diverse practice expertise

The Department of Architecture also advanced four adjunct faculty members as professors of practice, providing core capacity in design, technical methods and fabrication, ecological practices and professional development. Notably, three of these four hires are graduates of UB's architecture program.

Elaine Chow (BPS ’98)

Clinical Assistant Professor


Elaine Y. Chow, AIA, clinical assistant professor of architecture, is a registered architect with an international portfolio of work that balances contemporary design aesthetics with environmental considerations. At UB, she teaches the undergraduate junior design studio and portfolio seminars at the graduate and undergraduate level while also serving as director of student professional development for the Department of Architecture.

Laura Lubniewski (BS Arch '11)

Clinical Assistant Professor


Laura Lubniewski, AIA, clinical assistant professor of architecture, brings to UB expertise in high-performance, energy-efficient, sustainable and community-based design. After graduating from UB in 2011 with her BS in Architecture, Lubniewski followed her passion for low-tech sustainable vernacular occupant-built housing, working for non-traditional companies including Earthship Biotecture and Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.

Adam Thibodeaux

Clinical Assistant Professor


Adam Thibodeaux, RA is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Architecture, where he teaches core studios, graduate studios and seminars, and other courses focused on inclusive design and social justice.

Daniel Vrana (MArch ’15, BS Arch ’13)

Clinical Assistant Professor


Daniel Vrana (MArch ’15, BS Arch ’13), is clinical assistant professor architecture and the Director of the SMART (Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies) Fabrication Factory at the School of Architecture and Planning. Vrana previously served as an adjunct instructor of architecture and manager of fabrication services in the School of Architecture and Planning’s Fabrication Workshop.

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning welcomes a critical new tenure-track hire: Kate Nelischer, PhD, will foster connections across real estate and urban planning through the study of smart cities and the exploration of inclusive models of planning and development governance.

The Department will continue its trajectory of growth with the recent announcement of two new tenure-track openings, to be filled by Fall 2023.  

“These new hires across our programs will enhance our disciplinary depth while challenging the knowledge frontiers of both the architecture and planning disciplines. Their breadth of expertise and methodological techniques complement the ways our school is engaging conversations around race, technology, climate change, and social justice to reimagine more just, healthy, and sustainable urban and rural landscapes, both in the US and globally.”

- Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, associate professor and interim chair, UB Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Kate Nelischer, PhD

Assistant Professor


Kate Nelischer, PhD, joins the Department of Urban and Regional Planning as assistant professor, to pursue teaching and scholarship in both urban planning and real estate development. Her research examines how various interests are represented in participatory planning, design, and development processes, and the resulting impacts on the form and management of the city.