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Robert G. Shibley

Professor and Dean, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning in Buffalo United States

As a teacher, scholar and practitioner of architecture and planning for more than 40 years, Robert (Bob) Shibley has dedicated his career to advancing knowledge-based design and placemaking in service to the public.

In recognition of his lifetime contributions to design excellence for the public, the American Institute of Architects presented Shibley with the prestigious 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.

Shibley has served as dean of the University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning since 2011, guiding the school to a top position in research generation among the nation’s schools of architecture and planning. His tenure with UB dates back to 1982, when he was recruited as a full professor and chair of the Department of Architecture. He continues to hold professorships in both architecture and urban planning.

Shibley has authored or co-authored 14 books - notably including Placemaking: The Art and Science of Building Community; Urban Excellence; and Time Savers Standards for Urban Design - and more than 100 book chapters, government publications and articles in the professional and academic press. He is co-author of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, created in 1986 to honor great places.

Shibley is the recipient of a total of thirteen life-time achievement awards including the national James R. Haecker award for leadership in architectural research from the Architectural Research Centers Consortium, the University at Buffalo President’s Medal and the New York State AIA 2014 Nelson Rockefeller Award for Public Architecture. He is a fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Certified Planners. His work has been recognized by several professional organizations including the American Planning Association, Congress for New Urbanism, International Economic Development Council, Preservation League of New York State and Progressive Architecture magazine.

Shibley holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon. He earned a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Catholic University of America.

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Buffalo Niagara by Design

@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

"What was I thinking when I came to Buffalo? ... I was coming to join a social movement in our city and region, and I dove in head first."

In Buffalo Niagara Design from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, Dean and Professor of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, Robert Shibley, recounts his recruitment to Buffalo as Department Chair, 35 years ago. Upon the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the department, Shibley discusses his work with architecture and planning students, faculty and community members on various urban planning projects in the region. Across an arc of a quarter century, the UB Urban Design Project and the UB Regional Institute have been key players in the evolution of a broad regional planning framework.

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Buffalo @ Hayes Hall
Sep 24, 2016