Release Date: April 30, 2010
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Robert G. Shibley, professor of architecture and urban and regional planning and senior advisor to the president on campus planning and design, has been named to the newly created position of campus architect at the University at Buffalo.
"I am a firm believer that the quality of place matters in the life of a university, and if we are to be a truly great university, we must have great campuses," UB President John B. Simpson said in announcing the new position and Shibley's appointment. "Through his leadership of the campus master planning process, Professor Shibley already has demonstrated fully the depth of his knowledge and the expertise necessary to lead this work."
In his role as campus architect, Shibley will be the president's senior advisor on all matters relating to the physical character and quality of UB's three campuses, including architecture, design, planning and sustainability. He will oversee and implement the comprehensive physical plan and serve as a member of the University Planning Board chaired by UB Provost Satish K. Tripathi, which is charged with setting policy and reviewing projects for the development of the campuses.
In addition, he will continue to chair the Environmental Stewardship Committee, leading UB's efforts toward achieving carbon neutrality for all university operations.
A UB faculty member since 1982, Shibley will receive the UB President's Medal in recognition of extraordinary service to the university, at the 164th general commencement ceremony on May 9.
He has served as chair of the Department of Architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning, and founded The Urban Design Project, a university center that brings faculty and urban design students together with local governments, community-based organizations and citizens in general to build better places and stronger communities.