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​School of Architecture

The Syracuse University School of Architecture’s undergraduate program is ranked #4 in the United States by DesignIntelligence (2019), 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.
  • Join Freedom by Design, a group of architecture students, to help design and build small-scale projects that help individuals in the community faced with physical, mental, or financial challenges.

Life After Syracuse University

96% of architecture class of 2015 placement survey respondents report they are employed.

According to research conducted by DesignIntelligence  (2019), the University's School of Architecture was ranked as the  #1 school most hired from in the United States.

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. Current Director Connie Caldwell was cited as a Most Admired Educator by DesignIntelligence for her ability to recognize student strengths and connect students with companies and professional practices.