Alfred D. Price, Associate Professor, Department of Planning, SUNY/Buffalo, received his AB in Sociology from Princeton University in 1969. Following his graduation, he held a Corporation Appointment at Harvard University where he co-directed a special education project, Afro-Americans for Educational Opportunity, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He returned to Princeton in 1971 as a qualifying graduate student in Architecture. In 1975, he was awarded the highest professional practice degree in his field, the Master of Architecture and Urban Planning, and was the first Black student in Princeton's history to receive this degree.

Before coming to Buffalo, he served as Assistant Dean with the rank of Assistant Professor at the New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT. At SUNY/Buffalo, he served as Associate Dean 1977-1982 (and for one year as Acting Dean) of the School of Architecture and Planning. Price has also served two three-year terms as Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and in 2005-06 served as Interim Chair. In 1988 he led the department through the first cycle of re-accreditation of its Master of Urban Planning degree program. In October 2000, Price was awarded the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

                 Price's professional practice credentials include three years as Executive Director of The People's Workshop (a public service corporation of the State of New Jersey). It was at The People’s Workshop that Price, in collaboration with faculty and student colleagues from the School of Architecture & Urban Planning of Princeton University, gained his earliest professional experience in projects which involved public participation in planning and design decision-making. Significant projects completed during Price’s term of service as Executive Director are The Better Beginnings Day Care Center built in Hightstown, NJ, and the Community Multi-Service Center built in Perth Amboy, NJ. Price also completed a professional internship at the Department of Planning in Erie County, New York. He presently teaches the School of Architecture and Planning’s graduate seminars in housing, project finance, and urban history, along with Urban Planning studios and community service workshops.


                Price's research and practice interests are in the area of housing and community development. In the last two decades, his concern with housing has broadened, as the domestic policy agenda has increasingly focused on finance, tax and equity issues. In particular, his work has involved empirical analysis of the differentially greater burden of shelter cost on low-income and minority populations, and related policy issues. His interests are both scholarly and applied, giving equal attention to publication and conference presentation, and to applying knowledge to practice in the Western New York area.

                Funding sponsors for Price's research have included the New York State Association of Realtors, the New York African-American Institute, the City of Buffalo's Department of Community Development, the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, and the New York State Banking Department. From 1997 through 2005, he served as Consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region II) on the redevelopment of "brownfields," partially contaminated urban land.


State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2000.

Marcus Garvey Medal of Distinction, conferred by the Hon. Richard Bernal, Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, 1991.

Who's Who Among Black Americans, third edition 1981; fourth edition 1987.

Reviewer, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 1990-present.

Community Service Award, National Conference of Christian and Jews, 1986.

Election to Membership, U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, 1980.

National Honor Awards Jury, The American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C., 1975.


“Bethel Neighborhood Redevelopment Plan: A Proposal for Action,” conducted for the Board of Directors of the Bethel Community Development Corporation, Inc., Buffalo, New York, July 2001.

"Buffalo’s New Tomato Fields: Greenhouse Crops Lead the Way," in Re-Developing Brownfields: a Different Conversation. Proceedings of an International Symposium. Waterfront Regeneration Trust: Toronto, Ont. Canada, 1998.

"Housing Affordability: An African American Perspective" in One-Third of a Nation, Vol. II, L. Morris and U.J.O. Bailey, Eds. Washington, DC: Howard University Press, 1997.

The Governance Project for Buffalo and Erie County, Co-Principal Investigator, funded and conducted under the auspices of the Office of the President, State University of New York at Buffalo, June 1994-January 1996.

"Urban Renewal: The Case of Buffalo, NY", in The Housing Status of Black Americans, W.A. Leigh and J.B. Stewart, Ed. New Brunswick, NJ and London, UK: Transaction Publishers, 1992. Also published in The Review of Black Political Economy, Vol. 19, Nos. 3-4, Winter/Spring 1991.

"Housing Buffalo's Black Community" in African Americans and the Rise of Buffalo's Post-Industrial City, 1940-Present, Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. Ed. Buffalo: Buffalo Urban League, 1990.

Book Review of Public Housing, Race, and Renewal: Urban Planning in Philadelphia 1920-1974 by John F. Bauman (1986) in ENVIRONMENTS, Vol. Twenty, No. One, 1989.

"Housing Initiatives in a Shrinking Regional Economy: National Issues, Local Approaches", invited paper abstracted in Housing, Policy, and Urban Innovation, published by International Research Conference, The University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 1988.

With John Oliver, "Housing New York State's Black Population: Affordability and Adequacy", Institute Document #88-1. Albany: New York African American Institute, State University of New York, January 1988.

Masten Community Renewal Project Report A four-volume development plan prepared for the Division of Neighborhood Revitalization, Department of Community Development, City of Buffalo, January 1984, p. 333.

"Buffalo's Theater District: 'No Small Plans'" article published in Federal Design Matters, Fall 1981. FDM is the information exchange publication of the Design Arts Program, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Consultant (sub-Contractor), part of a four-member team organized by the Northeast Hazardous Substances Research Center of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, dispatched to communities throughout federal Region II that received brownfields pilot grants. Over sixty workshops conducted in New Jersey, New York, and the US Territories in the Caribbean Basin, 1997 – 2005. 

Project Consultant, Bethel Community Development Corporation. Prepared a comprehensive redevelopment plan for the neighborhood surrounding Buffalo’s oldest African-American religious congregation. September 1999-August 2001. Phase I construction completed September 2004 (approx. $1.08 M in public funding); Phase II construction commenced summer  ’05 (approx. $850 K in public funding).

City of Buffalo/Department of Community Development, Buffalo Arts Commission. Prepared long-range plan and five-year capital program for restoration and conservation of city’s complete inventory of outdoor public sculpture. June 1993-Sept 1995.

Project Consultant, The Commons, a public-private partnership development of a mixed-use retail services complex on the campus of State University of New York at Buffalo, by First Amherst Development Group, Inc., 1990-92. Construction completed 1993.

Director of Development Planning, Washington Street Medical Facility, Buffalo, N.Y. , a private medical practice. A $1.1M historic restoration/adaptive re-use scheme to accommodate an expanding medical practice. Phase I construction completed 1985; Phase II construction completed 1988.

Project Consultant, Pratt-Willert New Homes Program, a Joint Venture between M. J. Peterson Development Co. and James Management Co. Conducted market study for James Management for Phase I. Project completed in four construction phases, and resulted in four additional housing/neighborhood renewal projects totaling 458 new single-family homes, 1981 - 1986.