Our school is lively and there is inspired work going on in Buffalo – a city with a rich collection of distinguished architecture and outstanding city planning. Both our students and faculty are busy designing, pursuing different research initiatives and building. Much of this work goes on at the School and within the university community, but many are also actively working in the city and the region. It is a place that has been developed around the inspired plans of Joseph Ellicott and landscapes devised by Frederick Law Olmsted, one that includes five houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, civic buildings by H.H. Richardson, Gordon Bunshaft, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, factories by Albert Kahn and a vast array of grain elevators that inspired the Modern Movement.
At the school there are very active research programs underway and several different research centers. They focus on urban design, virtual architecture, inclusive design and environmental access, urban studies, local governance and regional growth. We also have lively programs of lectures, exhibitions, and distinguished visiting critics. Last year the school was awarded the NCARB Grand Prize for its Small Built Works studio -- a program where students design and build small structures in the city.
Global studios provide opportunities for students in the School of Architecture and Planning to study around the world. In addition to recent summer studios in Europe, Asia and Central America and exchange programs that offer semesters in Belgium and Scandinavia, overseas internships also enable students to work internationally.
The Dean's Design Group offers scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. The annual Hyatt Awards program recognizes outstanding designers in the freshman studios and the Wendel Duchscherer scholarships, Stantec Scholarships, Brill travel awards, the Buckminster Fuller Award, and Alpha Rho Chi Medal all support undergraduate students in our programs.
UB's School of Architecture and Planning publishes the work of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students each year, and its annual lecture, exhibition, and publications programs bring leading architects, planners, researchers and designers from across the world to present their ideas in the school and work alongside students.
Digital and fabrication workshops, all equipped with the latest tools, enable students in architecture and planning at UB to visualize and construct new worlds. Students can also enroll in the school's national award-winning Small Built Works Studio and its summer Habitat for Humanity program which has built more than 36 new houses in Buffalo.
We hope that, through this Web site, you will be able to check the details of the many opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students that exist here at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo. Do come and visit us, meet the students and talk with faculty and staff who are working together here at the school to create a lively and stimulating place.