Experts by Expertise: Architecture and Planning

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  • Head shot of Robert Adelman, University at Buffalo immigration and U.S. Census expert.

    Robert Adelman

    Chair and Professor of Sociology

    Expertise: urban sociology, segregation, race, immigration, U.S. Census

    Phone: 716-645-8478


  • Head shot of Ian Bradley, University at Buffalo wastewater treatment and algal bloom expert.

    Ian Bradley

    Assistant Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering 

    Expertise: wastewater treatment, algae, algal blooms in the Great Lakes and elsewhere

    Phone: 716-645-4004


  • Portrait of Holly Buck, University at Buffalo environmental policy and climate change policy expert.

    Holly Jean Buck

    Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability

    Expertise: environmental policy, climate change policy, geoengineering, carbon capture, climate adaptation, environmental justice

    Phone: 716-645-0135


  • Portrait of Susan Spierre Clark, University at Buffalo sustainability, climate change, infrastructure and community resilience expert.

    Susan Spierre Clark

    Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability

    Expertise: climate change and sustainable development; resilient infrastructure; power outages due to extreme events; sustainability education; community resilience

    Phone: 716-645-1403


  • Portrait of Yige Dong, University at Buffalo gender, work and political economy expert.

    Yige Dong

    Assistant Professor of Sociology, and of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Expertise: labor, work, gender and political economy, especially in China; labor and feminist movements in China and in a global context

    Phone: 716-645-2417


  • Portrait of Negar Elhami-Khorasani, University at Buffalo structural fire engineering and wildland urban interface expert.

    Negar Elhami-Khorasani

    Associate Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

    Expertise: structural fire engineering, wildfires in wildland-urban interface communities, fire following earthquake, multi-hazard engineering, disaster resilience

    Phone: 716-645-3019


  • Head shot of Yingjie Hu, University at Buffalo faculty expert on GIScience and data mining.

    Yingjie Hu

    Assistant Professor of Geography

    Expertise: GIScience, spatial analysis, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, big data

    Phone: 716-645-1820


  • Head shot of Joyce Hwang, University at Buffalo animal architecture or "habitecture" expert.

    Joyce Hwang

    Associate Professor of Architecture

    Expertise: animal architecture; habitecture; habitart; wildlife habitats, ecology and architecture

    Phone: 716-829-5906


  • Portrait of Jordana Maisel, University at Buffalo universal design and inclusive design expert.

    Jordana Maisel

    Director of Research for the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center)

    Expertise: universal design, inclusive design, accessible transit, streetscapes, aging in place

    Phone: 716-829-5902


  • Portrait of Kelly Patterson, University at Buffalo housing and urban development expert.

    Kelly Patterson

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Expertise: social welfare policy; cannabis policy; residential segregation; fair housing; gentrification; homelessness; poverty and economic inequality; race and class

    Phone: 716-645-1248


  • Head shot of Samina Raja.

    Samina Raja

    Professor of Urban and Regional Planning 

    Expertise: food access, food systems planning, food and urban planning, local government food policy

    Phone: 716-829-5881


  • Head shot of Nicholas Rajkovich, University at Buffalo climate change expert.

    Nicholas Rajkovich

    Associate Professor of Architecture

    Expertise: climate change and cities; climate adaptation in the Great Lakes region; energy efficiency; renewable energy; climate refuge cities

    Phone: 716-829-6910



  • Head shot of Peter Rogerson.

    Peter A. Rogerson

    SUNY Distinguished Professor of Geography

    Expertise: demographics, population trends, baby boomers, spatial statistics, epidemiology, geographic centers

    Phone: 716-645-0483


  • Head shot of Adam Rome, University at Buffalo environmental history and environmental movements expert.

    Adam Rome

    Professor of Environment and Sustainability

    Expertise: environmental movement in the U.S., environmental history, Earth Day, sustainable business, suburban sprawl

    Phone: 716-645-8665


  • Head shot of Robert G. Shibley.

    Robert G. Shibley

    SUNY Distinguished Professor

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

    Phone: 716-829-3981


    Contact: Shibley can also be reached through David Hill in UB Media Relations (716-645-4651, or Rachel Teaman in the School of Architecture and Planning (716-829-3794,

  • Head shot of Robert Silverman, University at Buffalo affordable housing and gentrification expert.

    Robert Silverman

    Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

    Expertise: shrinking cities, fair housing, affordable housing, licensing and siting of cannabis dispensaries, gentrification, community development, nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations in urban neighborhoods

    Phone: 716-829-5882


  • Head shot of Korydon Smith, University at Buffalo faculty expert on inclusive design and refugee housing.

    Korydon Smith

    Professor and Chair of Architecture

    Expertise: diversity and social justice in planning and design; inclusive design; refugee housing and settlement planning

    Phone: 716-829-5908


  • Portrait of Edward Steinfeld, University at Buffalo inclusive design and accessible buildings expert.

    Edward Steinfeld

    Director of the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center)

    Expertise: universal design, inclusive design, accessibility, building design, inclusive restrooms, accessible transit, architecture

    Phone: 716-829-5899


  • Head shot of Despina Stratigakos.

    Despina Stratigakos

    Professor of Architecture

    Expertise: diversity in architecture; gender and modernity in European cities; German architecture; Nazi propaganda and architecture

    Phone: 716-829-3486


  • Head shot of Henry-Louis Taylor Jr., University at Buffalo urban development and gentrification expert.

    Henry-Louis Taylor Jr.

    Director of the Center for Urban Studies

    Expertise: urban development, housing, gentrification, underdeveloped neighborhoods, shrinking cities, race and class, U.S.-Cuba relations

    Phone: 716-829-5458


  • Head shot of Victoria Wolcott, University at Buffalo civil rights expert.

    Victoria Wolcott

    Director of the Gender Institute

    Expertise: civil rights, African American history, race and cities, urban history, gender, sexuality

    Phone: 716-645-8411


  • Portrait of Yinyin Ye, University at Buffalo environmental microbiology and wastewater disease surveillance expert.

    Yinyin Ye

    Assistant Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

    Expertise: surveillance and disinfection of pathogens in wastewater and the environment; wastewater-based disease monitoring; environmental microbiology; proteomics

    Phone: 716-645-4002