University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
A professional school within a major public research university, the Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning advances the study and practice of our disciplines through experiential learning and research. Focused on built, social and cultural landscapes at all scales, we work to establish the conditions for architects and planners to create more equitable, sustainable and well-designed environments. The Buffalo School is the only school of architecture and planning within the 64-campus State University of New York (SUNY) system. It's also the only SUNY institution to offer the fully accredited Master of Architecture degree.
UB is the premier public research university in the northeastern United States and the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. Consistently recognized by top university guides and publications for excellent value and high-quality academics, UB was the first SUNY institution invited to join the prestigious Association of American Universities, an association of elite research universities in the U.S. and Canada. A great school of architecture and planning relies on a great city for its inspiration. From internationally celebrated buildings and parks and a bustling Lake Erie waterfront to lively urban neighborhoods and a vibrant immigrant community, Buffalo offers the aspiring architect an ideal setting for living and learning. Buffalo sits on the U.S.-Canadian border, on the edge of Lake Erie and just south of Niagara Falls, providing the region an abundance of natural resources and economic advantage, today and throughout the region's history. Buffalo's period of great wealth brought master architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, H.H. Richardson, and Daniel Burnham to the city to design some of their most important buildings. Wright's Martin House and Sullivan's Guaranty Building, in particular, have inspired generations of architects worldwide. Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York's Central Park, laid out Buffalo's network of parks and parkways. Buffalo is also home to the works of Louise Bethune, revered as "America's first woman architect," as well as a world-class collection of artworks and heritage sites. With the most extensive study abroad participation levels at the University at Buffalo, the Buffalo School offers diverse, life-changing travel opportunities for students. Our exchange programs include three European universities, allowing students to complete a semester of coursework while immersed in the local culture and environment of Aarhus, Denmark; Darmstadt, Germany; or Weimar, Germany. Similarly, global summer studios, led by faculty from the Buffalo School, engage buildings, cities, and countries with striking natural, constructed, and cultural landscapes. In 10 weeks of in-studio and on-site experiences, students build knowledge, deepen friendships, and expand their perspectives. In Spain, Costa Rica, Ireland, or Japan, summer abroad participants can graduate early and prepare for careers in an increasingly global field.
The Department of Architecture is committed to the philosophy that architects have a role to play in the aesthetic, social and cultural betterment of society. Our education prepares students to see the full implications of what architecture does for the built environment by proposing future forms of habitation that are innovative in their aesthetic and cultural contribution and that can inspire the social imagination. We teach our students that as architects their work will condition how we live, work and socialize. Research and creative practice are not just platforms but the basis for our academic programs in architecture and planning. We do this through a broad interdisciplinary approach that reaches across the University at Buffalo, a flagship campus of The State University of New York and one of 34 public research universities in the prestigious Association of American Universities. The Buffalo School's architecture program is founded upon a learn-by-doing approach to professional education. From the studio to the community, Buffalo School students and faculty constantly 'do' and 'make' through applied research, built works and creative activities. Here in Buffalo, design inquiry becomes design-build while planning concepts become adopted plans for neighborhoods and regions. Situated within the resurging City of Buffalo and its surrounding binational region, we partner with local industries, firms, designers, planners, governments, and an active grassroots movement to test and advance ideas. With a fully-equipped fabrication shop and materials shop available right on campus, the Buffalo School makes digital and physical modeling easily accessible to students in all programs. The Buffalo School takes its role as part of a public research university seriously. Our mission is tied to serving the public and being a forum for public debate. Through our lecture series, fellowships, sponsored chairs, community engagement, research and pedagogy we invite the public to engage our students and faculty to discuss local and global issues as they affect the design of the contemporary and future built environment.
Our program offers comprehensive preparation for practice and licensure designed to highlight the commitment to professional and public service. The Buffalo School architecture program offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a configuration commonly known as "4+2": four years of undergraduate study leading to a bachelor of science degree, and two years of graduate work, leading to the first-professional degree, the master of architecture (M.Arch.). The university also offers a 3’äÎ_-year M.Arch. for graduate students holding undergraduate or graduate degrees in a field other than architecture, and dual degree options with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, the School of Management, and the Department of Media Study. Our undergraduate Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program is formulated around a studio-based curriculum that emphasizes thinking through making. The department boasts one of the largest material shops for an architecture school that includes conventional and digital fabrication technologies. Students work directly with materials and tools, producing models and prototypes that help them connect the formal basis of architecture with its physical manifestation. In addition, the design studios are supported by lectures and seminars in the history, theory and technologies of architecture. These courses help students understand that architecture is a multi-disciplinary profession that combines knowledge from the humanities, arts and engineering. We pride ourselves on a design curriculum that teaches students how to effectively connect the art of design with the science of building. Our graduate professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) and post-professional Master of Science (MS) degrees provide students an opportunity to engage research-based design enquiry. Built on four graduate research groups: Inclusive Design, Ecological Practices, Material Culture and Situated Technologies, the program takes advantage of the cutting-edge research being conducted at the Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. Students have the opportunity to conduct their studies in one, two or all the Graduate Research Groups. Each group ties architectural design to topics of concern that presently and in the future will influence the design of the built environment. Inclusive Design addresses human factors like disability, gender and diversity, Ecological Practices explores the influence of environmental factors like energy, biodiversity and sustainability, Material Culture addresses the poetics of construction and assembly through traditional and new materials, while Situated Technologies explores ubiquitous digital technologies in the design of responsive architecture and interactive urbanism.
- Digital Design
- Digital Fabrication
- Ecological Design
- Historic Preservation
- History, Theory, Criticism
- Life Cycle Design
- Materials And Construction