Bonnie Foit-AlbertAssociate Professor / Board Member
School of Architecture and Planning / UB Foundation, Inc.
Years at UB: 1968-2004
A real community leader involved in Buffalo's revitalization, Beverly "Bonnie" Foit-Albert taught in UB's School of Architecture and Planning for 25 years.
"I've decided that I want to spend the rest of my career focusing a much as possible on the inner city, rebuilding buildings there, designing new buildings, and hopefully, improving the quality of life of those who work there."
-- Foit-Albert as quoted by Dick Hirsch, July 1992 Western New York
Foit-Albert began her affiliation with UB in 1969 when she taught at Millard Fillmore College in UB's first architecture program.
Later, an integral part of the School of Architecture and Planning, Foit-Albert headed the school's historic preservation department. Athough she is now retired from teaching, she currently is a member of the University at Buffalo Foundation Board of Directors. She is also active on the Foundation's Executive Committee.
A Buffalo native, Foit-Albert graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's in Architecture in 1961. She received a Masters in Architecture in 1975 from UB and three years later, a Ph.D. in Human Sciences from California's Saybrook Institute through a UB program.
In addition to her committment to UB, Foit-Albert is also head of a very successful architectural firm, Foit-Albert Associates which she started in 1977. Today the firm employs over 100 people in three offices across New York State (Albany, Buffalo, and Watertown). The Buffalo office, a renovated four-story on Main Street, is a testament to the firm's commitment to revitalizing Buffalo's downtown and the reuse of urban buildings. In 2000 the Foit-Albert Associates designed the second of UB's new residential dormitories, South Lake Village.
Foit-Albert has received a number of teaching and community service awards, in addition to the awards for her work as an architectural practitioner, including the prestigious National Award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Institute of Architects. She was awarded UB's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1992.
As a breast cancer survivor, Foit-Albert has been chosen this year she to be honored at the sixth annual 2004, Diva-by-Diva: A Celebration of Women, a benefit for Roswell Park Cancer Institute hosted by Zonta Buffalo.