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Architecture BS - Academic Experience

(HEGIS: 02.02 ARCHITECTURE, CIP: 04.0201 Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD))

School of Architecture and Planning

126 Hayes Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-8030

Korydon Smith
Professor and Chair

Erkin Özay
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Christy Krawczyk
Academic Advisor

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Academic Opportunities

The University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning is home to five internationally-regarded research centers through which students learn, work and collaborate with faculty and community partners. Our faculty also hold leadership roles on university-wide research centers with transdisciplinary missions. This research infrastructure provides key applied learning, professional engagement and scholarship development opportunities for students across the disciplines of architecture, urban planning, and environmental design. University at Buffalo Architecture faculty is affiliated with the following research centers:

Experiential Learning

A learn-by-doing approach to professional education is the crux of our programs in architecture, environmental design, real estate development, and urban planning at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. From the studio to the community, students and faculty constantly “do” and “make” through applied research, built works and creative activities. Design inquiry becomes design-build, while design and development concepts become adopted plans for neighborhoods and regions. As a community of makers, we translate knowledge into practice and design the solutions that improve communities and innovate practice. Situated within the resurging City of Buffalo and its surrounding binational region, we engage in constant creative dialogue with local industries, firms, designers, planners, governments, and an active grassroots movement. Visit University at Buffalo Architecture’s Learn by Doing webpage for more information.

Study Abroad

Traveling can enhance students' awareness of the world, bringing them closer to understanding global diversity, and appreciating what is universal and unique to a culture. With the largest study abroad program at the University at Buffalo, the School of Architecture and Planning offers diverse exchange programs and global summer studios. Below are a sample of study abroad programs offered:

For additional information, visit University at Buffalo Architecture’s Study Abroad webpage.

Extracurricular Activities

University at Buffalo Architecture sponsors a chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS),  the African American Students of Architecture and Planning (doubleASAP), as well as the Graduate Students Architecture (GSA), and Alpha Rho Chi (the fraternity of Architecture, the Applied Arts, and Environment Design), and the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS). These student groups sponsor a variety of events, such as field trips to cities of architectural interest, films and lectures, an annual Beaux-Arts Ball, Lunchtime Lecture Series, GSA Student Exhibit, Graduate Student Reception, Graduation Brunch, exhibits at local galleries, and annual design and building competitions. GSA also supports funding for scholarly publications, grants for thesis work and conference attendance.

Honors and Awards

  • Matthew W. Del Gaudio Award. The New York Society of Architects presents this award to a graduating student who has demonstrated 'Total Design' excellence, defined by: 'an imaginative solution of an architectural problem that is functionally ideal, structurally feasible, suitably sited, and employing available materials in a practical and aesthetically sound manner.'
  • Henry Adams Medal. The AIA awards an engraved medal and certificate of merit to the top-ranking graduating student in each architecture program accredited by NAAB. A certificate of merit is awarded to the second-ranking student.
  • R. Buckminster Fuller Award. Awarded to the graduating senior who is continuing on for graduate studies within the UB School of Architecture and Planning and exemplifies attributes of creativity, inventiveness, and intellectual excellence.
  • Design Excellence Award. Awarded to students with outstanding studio work.
  • Academic Achievement Award. Awarded to students with the highest overall GPA

Departmental Honors

Departmental  distinctions may be awarded to graduating architecture students who achieve a high level of academic excellence, creativity, and distinction ingenuity with University at Buffalo Architecture.

Published: Aug 11, 2022 13:22:51