- The Learning Environment
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 as architects, they 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. The undergraduate studios develop design thinking and craft skills, allowing students to communicate their ideas in professional ways. University at Buffalo Architecture prides itself on a design curriculum that teaches students how to effectively connect the art of design with the technology of building. The pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch) is the foundation for our accredited professional Master of Architecture.
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.
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