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Carrousel Chat: “Buffalo Niagara by Design"
Carrousel Chat: “Buffalo Niagara by Design"

As part of the American Institute of Architects’ 2012 National Architecture Week, the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is pleased to announce the first program in our annual “Carrousel Chat” lecture series. On Monday, April 9 at 7pm Robert Shibley, Professor and Dean of the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning, will be at the museum to explore the role that architecture, planning, and urban design have played in shaping in our region. Shibley will discuss how past efforts have helped create a vibrant community, and how current projects will help shape a successful future.

National Architecture Week, April 8-14 2012, is a time to showcase the positive role architects play in our communities and highlight the power of design. This year’s theme, Design Connects, aims to spark a national conversation on how architecture contributes to health, our sense of security, productivity, identity, and how it’s a mirror of our values and a force for the sustainability of our planet.

Robert Shibley came to the University at Buffalo as full professor in 1982 to chair the Department of Architecture, serving until 1990 when he founded The Urban Design Project. Shibley and the staff in his center led the development of an international award-winning ensemble of plans for the City of Buffalo including plans for downtown, the waterfront, Buffalo’s Olmsted Parks, and the first city-wide comprehensive plan in more than half a century. From 2006 to 2010 Shibley served as Senior Advisor to UB’s President for Campus Planning and Design and led the effort to create a comprehensive physical plan for the university’s three campuses in support of the UB 2020 strategic vision. He was subsequently named as UB’s first Campus Architect, and took office as Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning on January 1, 2011. A licensed architect and certified planner, Shibley is a federal commissioner for the Erie Canalways National Heritage Corridor as well as author of eleven books. In 2004, the Architectural Research Centers Consortium honored him with the James Haecker Award for Distinguished Leadership in Architectural Research and in 2010 he was awarded the University at Buffalo President's Medal for his scholarship and service to UB and the region.

The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is housed in the historic Allan Herschell Company Factory building at 180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, visit our web site: www.carrouselmuseum.org or contact us at 716-693-1885 or info@carrouselmuseum.org

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