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University at Buffalo 50+ Anniversary Celebration

April 5, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - April 6, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

Join us on April 5-6, 2022, as we put our “plus” on full display in celebration of the people and ideas that drive us – then and now.

It was just over two years ago that our plans to mark the 50th anniversary of the School of Architecture and Planning with a signature event were abruptly postponed and our energies diverted to a global crisis of historic proportions. In a world calling for radical change, we recall our founding amidst the social, political and cultural upheaval of the late-1960s. Join us as we celebrate our impact over 50 years and look ahead with new urgency – and possibility – for action on the grand challenges of our time.

Program of Events

On April 6, 2022, we’ll put our “plus” on full display with a full day of events celebrating the work of our faculty, students and alumni and the collective impact of our program over five decades. The day’s program opens with the 2022 Sydney Gross Alumni Symposium featuring alumni on the frontline of practice innovation. We’ll also unveil the 50+ Alumni Exhibition, featuring 50 alumni with 50 images over 50 years. Drawing upon our cherished tradition of Atelier, “Open Studio” will cast open our doors to the community for a School-wide display of of faculty and student work.

Festivities kick off the evening of April 5, when guests are invited to the soft opening of “A City and its School,” an installation of two internationally-debuted exhibitions exploring the urban landscapes of Buffalo and the School’s work within them over the past 50 years. An Alumni Welcome Reception at Duende in Buffalo’s Silo City (6 pm – 8 pm).

Tuesday, April 5

“A City and its School”
Soft opening of two exhibitions exploring the urban landscapes of Buffalo and the School’s work within them over the past 50 years. (Both originally installed at the international Time Space Existence exhibition in Venice, Italy.)
4 pm – 5:30 pm
CEPA Gallery
617 Main St # 201
Buffalo, NY 14203

Alumni Reception
6 pm – 8 pm
Duende at Silo City
85 Silo City Row, Buffalo, NY 14203

Wednesday, April 6

2022 Sydney Gross Alumni Symposium
Panel discussion with young alumni leading innovations in practice
1 pm – 5 pm
Hayes 403, UB South Campus

50+ Alumni Exhibition + Open Studio
See the work of 50 alumni over 50 years through 50 images, followed by a School-wide exhibtion of work by our faculty and students
5 pm – 8 pm
Reception in Hayes Hall Atrium Gallery at 5 pm followed by Open Studio tours

The 50+ Anniversary Celebration is organized by Gregory Delaney, Barbara Carlson, Libertad Figuereo, Joyce Hwang, Christopher Romano, Lindsay Romano, Monica Stage and Rachel Teaman


April 5, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
April 6, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
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