This talk is based on the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning exhibit at the 2021 exhibition in Venice, Italy during the Architecture Biennale.
Bob Shibley is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and of the American Institute of Certified Planners. His scholarship has advanced evidence-based design excellence through 50 years of academic leadership, teaching, research, and critical practice. 40 of those years have been, in sequence, as State University of New York, University at Buffalo Professor and Chair in Architecture, Director of the Urban Design Project, Campus Architect, Director of the UB Regional Institute, and now he serves as Dean and SUNY Distinguished Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning. He is one of 45 individuals to be awarded the distinguished American Institute of Architecture’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Excellence in Public Architecture. This is a distinction he shares with the Honorable Senator Patrick J. Moynihan, The Honorable Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, Joseph P. Riley, and the Honorable Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry G. Cisneros.
In all, Bob has over 50 urban design, architecture, and planning awards with 10 national recognitions for participation on work including Buffalo’s comprehensive plan and Green Code, the Queen City Hub (downtown) plan, the Olmsted Park and Parkway System plan and updates, and the Queen City Waterfront. More recently he co-led the work on One Region Forward, a Federally endorsed sustainability plan for Erie and Niagara County. He is a co-author of seventeen books including Time Saver’s Standards for Urban Design, Placemaking: The Art and Practice of Building Communities, and Urban Excellence. Design Intelligence designated him one of the 25 most admired design educators in 2016.
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Don’t forget to visit the Lenses exhibit before it closes! Lenses: Ways of Seeing Buffalo and Its Architecture is open at The Lipsey Architecture Center Buffalo at the Richardson Olmsted Campus. The exhibit takes a reflective, questioning view of famed architecture critic Henry-Russell Hitchcock Jr.’s 1940 exhibit at the Albright Art Gallery. In the 1940s, Hitchcock’s opinion pronounced which parts of Buffalo’s built environment had value, but what did he miss by today’s standards?
Lenses is presented by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (the future Buffalo AKG), The Buffalo History Museum, the Lipsey Architecture Center Buffalo, and Preservation Buffalo Niagara and sponsored by Arc Building Partners, the Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation, the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature, the Erie County Cultural Board, the John R. Oishei Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Preservation League of New York State.