PhD Program in Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo accepting applications for fall 2020 admissions

PhD Program in Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo accepting applications for fall 2020 admissions

The next opportunity to be considered for admission in the Urban and Regional Planning doctoral program at the University at Buffalo is Fall 2020. To apply for the program you will need to complete the following steps before January 15, 2020:

1. Complete an on-line application available on our webpage: . You can preview the application in full before you complete it.

2. Take the GRE (the on-line application will prompt you to submit scores) 

3. If you are an international student, take the TOEFL (the on-line application will prompt you to submit scores) 

4. Submit three letters of recommendation from academic referees 

5. Submit a writing sample from prior academic work 

6. Submit an essay explaining your research interests and career goals

Admissions decisions are made based on an evaluation of students’ application materials. After admissions decisions are made, offers of financial support are made based on the availability of funds. If you are admitted to the program, the department and school will work to identify resources for financial support. The availability of financial support varies annually. 

If you are an international student, I encourage you to explore opportunities to apply for support from the Fulbright program. This link provides information about the upcoming funding cycle ( . You can find additional information at this link:  

We encourage you to start the application process early and complete it before the next deadline. If you are an international students, you must also apply for and receive a student visa before they begin a course of study in the United States. 

The website for the PhD program in Urban and Regional Planning is at the following link:

Should you have any additional questions about the program structure, feel free to contact me, the PhD Program Director. 

Robert M. Silverman, Professor 
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
School of Architecture and Planning
University at Buffalo
Hayes Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-8030

Office Location : 329 Hayes Hall
Voice: 716-829-5882 
Fax: 716-829-3256

Thinking Holistically about the Future of Our Streets

Thinking Holistically about the Future of Our Streets

In January of 2019 Smart Growth America released Dangerous by Design 2019 which documents the issues surrounding the design and function of our roadways in the United States. While the most dangerous places in the nation tend to be located in the Sun Belt – the Rust Belt is not immune. The Upstate cities of Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse all appear in the top 100 of the reports Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI). As a state, New York ranks 40th on the PDI; but it is number four for pedestrian fatalities from 2008-2017, and 19th in terms of the number of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents during the same time period.

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February 2019 Federal and State Legislative Update

The partial federal government shutdown that marked the beginning of 2019 has ended, 2019-20 state budget talks are in full gear, and Dunkirk Dave – the world’s second longest prognosticating groundhog – is predicting an early spring. For those of you who are intrigued to know more about these topics, please read on. For the rest of you, take a late winter’s nap and maybe you’ll be more interested when you wake.

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Planners Day 2018 – Another Very Successful Get-Together     

Planners Day was held on Friday, March 9th at SUNY ESF and once again we had a great turnout. We would like to thank our speakers – Andrew Frasier & Aaron McKeon from SMTC, Joe Bovenzi (GTC MPO) & Chris Dunne (Highland Planning), Darren Kempner (NFTA), and Tim Frateschi, Esq. (Frateschi Schiano & Germano, PLLC). We also want to thank our great members – without your interest and attendance we would not be able to continue to put on Planners Day events. We received some great feedback and are looking forward to doing it again next Spring.

Chapter President’s Council AICP Study Manual

“The NY Upstate Chapter has procured 10 copies of the Chapter President’s Council AICP Study Manual on CD. The purpose of this self-study manual is to help review basic planning concepts and to practice skills that are necessary for taking a multiple-choice test. The manual includes information on the following:

1. Introduction — Important Dates
2. Exam Structure
3. Getting Started — Contacting your Professional Development Officer (PDO)
4. Study Materials
5. Written Examination Scoring from 1977 to 2002
6. Question Format And Construction
7. A Notation System
8. Defusing Some Myths
9. History
10. Planning Theory
11. The Law
12. Environmental Planning
13. Citizen Participation
14. Developmental Regulation
15. Transportation Planning
16. Basic Guide to the Concepts of Quantitative Methods
17. Population Estimates and Projections
18. Local Area Employment Projections
19. Shift-Share Analysis
20. Comparing Alternatives with Unequal Lives
21. Budgeting
22. Finance and Cost Analysis
23. Benefit/Cost Analysis
24. Test Areas 1990 to 2002
25. Personal Test-taking Tips

Please contact Rich Guarino ( if you would like to purchase one. The cost is $15 (includes shipping).”