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Architecture Minor

(HEGIS: , 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

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Why study Architecture Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The Architecture Minor, a non-studio based track offered by University at Buffalo Architecture, provides students with a liberal exposure to the humanities, technology, social sciences, and aesthetic expression through the lenses of the built and natural environments. The study of architecture offers an indispensable background for students in most fields of study in that it develops skills in critical thinking and making as well as furnishing tools for interpreting and understanding the ways in which we inhabit and shape the material world. In addition, the Architecture Minor may enhance and provide additional knowledge for students interested in pursuing an NAAB-accredited professional 3+ year Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) graduate degree or a Master of Science in Architecture - Historic Preservation track degree upon completion of their baccalaureate studies. The Architecture Minor is typically completed within six semesters. Contact School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education for additional academic advisement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • Understanding issues and methods of architectural design, representation and construction
  • Becoming culturally aware, competent in design literacy and environmentally responsible practices

The Learning Environment

University at Buffalo Architecture prepares students to see the 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 can inspire the social imagination. Students learn that architects have a critical role to play in the progress of society. Their work will be the future built environment that will condition how people live, work and socialize. Students need to approach the task of design with great skill, vision and confidence knowing that the pressing questions of architecture have yet to find appropriate answers.

About Our Facilities

The School of Architecture and Planning's historic home in Hayes Hall reopened in 2016 after a $45 million restoration that has revived an iconic landmark for UB and created a flexible, dynamic learning environment for future architects, developers, environmental designers, preservationists, and urban planners.

The Architecture and Planning Library, located in Abbot Hall, is one of ten libraries within the University at Buffalo.

University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning IT Services comprise two sets of facilities: a central collection of laboratories and computing classrooms, and a collection of distributed facilities located in the graduate and undergraduate architecture and urban planning studios.

The Digital Fabrication Workshop, one of the premier fabrication facilities in the Buffalo Niagara region, is the hub of our learning-through-making curriculum. Equipped for fabrication of all types, the shop serves both as a space to execute coursework and as a think-tank and makerspace for collaborative research with practice and industry.

About Our Faculty

University at Buffalo Architecture faculty, diverse in their interests and international in their background, are well known and respected in the profession. Both full and part-time clinical faculty are involved in a variety of activities related to research, design, and scholarship. Many part-time clinical faculty are also licensed practicing architects in the Western New York community. Graduate teaching assistants supplement instruction by professors in many courses, and in some situations, upper-level graduate teaching assistants may co-instruct with professors in design studios, and conduct lab or workshop sessions that offer students additional help with coursework. Architecture faculty research is catalyzed by diverse partnerships with public, nonprofit and private partners and prominent public, nonprofit and industry funding sources. Outcomes include peer-reviewed publications, books and evidence-based action in new plans, policies, designs, and programs in Buffalo and beyond.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the University at Buffalo Architecture website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Individuals must be licensed to call themselves architects or contract to provide architectural services. Salaries range greatly from one occupation, position and work setting to another. Many opportunities are available for students graduating with an Architecture Minor. University at Buffalo Career Design Center provides services needed for a successful career, and coaches students through the process of finding the right job.

Academic Advising

Students in the School of Architecture and Planning have access to faculty mentors upon enrollment into the School's design studio. Advisors are also available for assistance. Students are encouraged to consult regularly with their advisors and faculty mentors in matters pertaining to academic options, course selection, postbaccalaureate studies and career opportunities. Students meet with advisors and faculty mentors as often as they choose to explore educational opportunities available within the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning to plan a course of study that is consistent with their abilities, achievements, interests and expectations. The ultimate goal of advisement is to empower students to be active, responsible learners who take full advantage of the many opportunities the university provides in the areas of academics, research and community and global engagement. Visit UB Undergraduate Academic Advisement for additional information.

Academic Advising Contact Information

School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education
126 Hayes Hall, South Campus
Phone: 716-829-2133 ext.4
FAX: 716-829-3256
School of Architecture and Planning Undergraduate Education website

University at Buffalo students may schedule an advising appointment via the Navigate Student App.

Scholarships and Financial Support

University at Buffalo Architecture does not offer scholarships for Architecture Minors. Contact University at Buffalo Financial Aid for scholarship assistance and the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships for nationally competitive fellowships.

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Published: Jan 25, 2023 07:58:35