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Ibrahim M. Jammal, UB professor established design program with international reputation Oct. 25, 1930 -- Nov. 13, 2007

Ibrahim M. Jammal, who established and was chairman of the Department of Environmental Design and Planning in the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, died Tuesday in Oakwood Health Care Center, Amherst, after a long illness. He was 77.

Mr. Jammal, internationally renowed as an environmental planner and futurist, joined the UB faculty in 1969 and retired in 1999.

"He was a central figure in our school," said Brian Carter, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. "His global perspective ensured that our program had a truly international outlook."

In recent years, Mr. Jammal took part in the United Nations Millennium Project, a global think tank of futurists, scholars and policy makers working to eliminate poverty, hunger and disease in the world's poorest countries.

Born in Cairo, Egypt, of Lebanese descent, he received a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Cairo, then earned master's degrees in planning and architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962.

At UB, he was chairman of the Department of Environmental Design and Planning from 1970 to 1979 and established what was then the only degree-granting undergraduate and graduate programs of their kind in the SUNY system.

In 1979, he founded and was named director of a new research center in the School of Architecture and Planning, the Center for Comparative Studies in Development Planning Education. He also directed the Minority Training Program in Planning sponsored by UB's Office of Urban Affairs.

He participated in many invited professorships, lectures, international seminars and conferences throughout Europe and the Middle East.

A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, he was a consultant to USAID and UNICEF, chairman of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Commission on Global Approaches to Planning Education and a director of the Alliance Francaise of Buffalo. He also was a member of the Egyptian Society of Architects and the Center for Middle East Studies.

In 2001, he and his wife, Viviane, established the Ibrahim Jammal Fellowship Grant Program in the School of Architecture and Planning and the Jammal Lecture for a distinguished scholar.

He was an avid reader, photographer and gardener. Also known for his culinary skills, he enjoyed delighting guests by preparing exotic dishes he had encountered during his extensive travels.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a sister, Mona Kaminski, and a brother, Nabil.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Parkside and Parker avenues.


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