Award Recognizes 20-Year Collaboration Between School of Architecture and Planning and Habitat for Humanity

The University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning has received the 2010 Award for Community Partnership from Habitat for Humanity Buffalo.

The accolade recognizes the work of architecture and planning students who have constructed 47 houses in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo since 1991. That figure represents about a quarter of the total number of houses the nonprofit organization has built in and around Buffalo during the 25 years the organization has been active in the area.

The UB students’ efforts are part of a Community Design Service course that the UB School of Architecture and Planning offers each year under the direction of Richard Yencer, manager of the school’s Materials and Methods Shop. More than 600 UB students have participated in the program, Yencer said. The most recent class built three houses.

“This program not only provides students with an excellent opportunity to learn about materials and ways of building, but also enables students to work alongside the future owners of the house and use their design skills to improve the quality of life for a significant number of people in the community,” said Brian Carter, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning.

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