Shibley named one of DesignIntelligence’s ‘25 Most Admired Educators’

Robert Shibley, dean of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, in front of Buffalo City Hall. Photo: Douglas Levere

Release Date: November 23, 2015

Robert Shibley.

Robert Shibley, dean, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Robert Shibley, dean of the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning, has been selected among an esteemed class of 25 top educators in architecture and design by DesignIntelligence, an international publication for design leaders.

The 2016 class of education role models was selected with extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads and students. Also among this year's “25 Most Admired Educators” are Guy Nordenson of Princeton University, master architect Juhani Pallasmaa and Amale Andraos of Columbia University.

Shibley, who joined UB’s School of Architecture and Planning in 1982, was cited for his service to students through teaching, mentoring and critical practice — work that has also served the school’s host city and region.

“Committed to improving the City of Buffalo through redevelopment, sustainability, and public service, Robert Shibley balances teaching, mentoring, master planning for the campus and connecting with the alumni community to foster relationships and opportunities for students,” the DesignIntelligence entry on Shibley notes.

As director of The Urban Design Project at the UB School of Architecture and Planning, now merged with the UB Regional Institute planning policy center, Shibley has led award-winning planning and urban design efforts underpinning a renaissance for the City of Buffalo and its surrounding region.

His teaching, scholarship and public service have also helped cultivate the school’s “city-as-textbook” teaching model, recently highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The complete list is available at DesignIntelligence.

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