Robert G. Shibley, professor and dean of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, has received the American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) 2013 Educator Award.
The prize recognizes notable contributions and accomplishments by an architectural educator in New York State, and Shibley accepted the award recently at the AIANYS annual convention in Syracuse, N.Y.
Since joining the School of Architecture and Planning in 1982, Shibley has served as professor in both the architecture and planning departments, with eight years as chair of architecture (1982-1990). He was appointed dean in 2011.
He has been a teacher both inside the classroom and out, engaging generations of UB students in producing award-winning plans that reimagined Buffalo and Western New York. Under his leadership, his team, including students, took part in crafting plans for Buffalo’s downtown, waterfront and Olmsted parks system, along with the city’s visionary comprehensive plan.
Shibley’s efforts “revived the very idea of planning and urban design in Western New York,” said the AIA Buffalo/Western New York chapter in a letter nominating him for the state organization’s Educator Award. “The city-region is now the School of Architecture and Planning’s education and research laboratory where Bob combines political leadership and robust public engagement with scholarship, planning and design action by faculty, students and staff.”
As founding director of The Urban Design Project in the School of Architecture and Planning, Shibley served as principal investigator on urban design plans for the Larkin District, Niagara Falls and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Most recently, he led the UB Regional Institute/Urban Design Project team in the creation of the Regional Economic Development Plan, which yielded $100 million in state support for the region in its first year. The team is currently supporting the Regional Economic Development Council in Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion-dollar Buffalo development fund.