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Robert G. Shibley

SUNY Distinguished Professor

University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning


Urban design and planning, urban revitalization, postindustrial cities, Buffalo and Western New York, the Rust Belt

Head shot of Robert G. Shibley.

Robert G. Shibley, an architect and planner, is one of the Buffalo Niagara region and Rust Belt’s preeminent urban thinkers.

He can speak to the media on a wide range of topics related to architecture and planning, including Buffalo’s revival, the remaking of postindustrial cities, and urban development.

As founding director of the Urban Design Project at UB, Shibley was deeply involved in efforts in the 1990s and 2000s to reimagine Buffalo and Western New York

He led development of Buffalo’s comprehensive plan; the Queen City Hub, which envisioned downtown Buffalo as a center of commerce and public life in the region; a master plan for the city’s Olmsted Park and parkway system; and a plan for Buffalo’s waterfront. Shibley also led UB’s development of a comprehensive plan for its three-campus footprint, including its emerging downtown campus.

For these and other efforts, Shibley has received numerous national recognitions, including the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture in 2014. He is also a fellow of the AIA


Robert G. Shibley, MArch
SUNY Distinguished Professor
Director, Rudy Bruner Center for Urban Excellence
University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning