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The Syracuse University School of Architecture's undergraduate program is ranked No. 5 in the United States by DesignIntelligence (2019-20), the industry's leader for ranking design programs.

You’ll benefit from committed and diverse faculty, a variety of study abroad options, and nationally accredited professional degree programs which will provide you with the technical skill and cultural knowledge necessary to practice in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

The School of Architecture is a five-year professional degree program in a collaborative, project-based environment. Your design education is fostered through extensive one-on-one communication with faculty, international architects, and distinguished visiting critics in the studio and through formal reviews.

The core of the program is the studio experience: an intense exploration of the creative process. You’ll have a dedicated workspace and receive intensive feedback as you develop your work.

One of the unique things about the School of Architecture is how closely students interact with faculty. Studio classes and electives often have as few as 14 students working and sharing dialogue with teachers who bring their own passions and interests to the table.

Ethan Russell-Benoit '19, Architecture

About the School of Architecture

As the fourth oldest architecture school in the country, Syracuse's School of Architecture offers a professional curriculum that stresses creativity, research and problem solving. The five-year program leads to a Bachelor of Architecture degree.


  • Core Curriculum
    • Design
    • History/Theory
    • Building Technology
  • Electives
    • Architecture
    • Arts & Sciences

40% of architecture students complete a minor (choosing from over 100 minor options within Syracuse).

Global Campus

90% of architecture students study abroad at least once. You can spend a semester or full year studying abroad at the University’s centers in Florence and London, or at the Fisher Center in New York City. Programs are fully integrated into the curriculum and staffed by full-time faculty.

The School also offers summer and other short programs led by faculty. Past programs have included experiences in Turkey, Ghana, Chile, Brazil, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, as well as recent Visiting Critic studio trips to Shenzhen, China; Taipei, Taiwan; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Practical Experience

In addition to your coursework, you’ll have hands-on opportunities to work with industry leaders and apply your skills.

  • Throughout your course of study, you’ll make frequent field trips to major cities, beginning in the first year with a trip to New York.
  • In your fourth year, you’ll select from a group of studios offered by prominent architects serving as visiting critics.
  • Because the bachelor of architecture degree combines an undergraduate liberal arts education with professional training, you'll be on the path to become a registered and licensed architect, with no graduate school required.

Life After Syracuse University

In the 2018-19 rankings report, compiled by DesignIntelligence, the definitive ranking source for schools in architecture, landscape architecture and interiors, Syracuse Architecture ranked #1 in schools most hired by firms in a grouping of schools who graduate 100+ students (combined undergraduate and graduate).

The School of Architecture’s Office of Career Services will help you with everything from accessing the alumni network to interview training and portfolio preparation.