Robert G. Shibley, dean of the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning, has received the Robert and Louise Bethune Award, the highest accolade that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Buffalo/Western New York chapter bestows.
The award, announced on Nov. 15, is a lifetime achievement award. It recognizes Shibley’s contributions to the profession of architecture over the past 30 years through practice, mentorship and community leadership.
The architecture honor comes two years after the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association recognized Shibley with a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the planning profession.
Over a long and distinguished career, he has helped to shape the region’s landscape, playing a leading role in urban design and planning initiatives including the City of Buffalo’s comprehensive plan, the “Queen City Hub” plan for downtown Buffalo, and master plans for the Buffalo waterfront, the Larkin District, the Buffalo Olmsted Park System, and the City of Niagara Falls.