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Michael Speaks, Dean
201 Slocum Hall

Dean's Message

The Syracuse University School of Architecture consistently ranks among the best schools of architecture in the nation. The reasons most often cited are our committed and diverse faculty, our number and variety of study abroad opportunities, and our nationally-accredited, professional degree programs, which provide students the technical skill and the cultural knowledge necessary to practice in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

Consistent with our commitment to prepare students for a world shaped by globalization, the Syracuse School of Architecture has created the Global Studio program with facilities and full time faculty in Florence, London and New York. Students may spend up to two semesters studying full time in each of these programs. In addition, we offer a range of other study abroad options with shorter programs of study in Turkey, Japan, China and India. We are also committed to bringing world-class practitioners and educators to teach and lecture at our home campus in Syracuse. Each semester we organize a visiting lecture series featuring architects and designers from around the world. And, each semester, as part of our Visiting Critic Program, nationally and internationally recognized professors lead studios on our Syracuse campus.

The School of Architecture is equally committed to local and regional engagement projects, and over the last several years we have worked in conjunction with the University and the city of Syracuse to develop numerous projects in the city and in the region. Many of these projects have been organized by Upstate, an interdisciplinary design, research and real estate program located in downtown Syracuse, started and run by the Syracuse University School of Architecture.

Shaped by globalization and rapid technological transformation, the practice of architecture, over the last decade, has undergone dramatic change, placing the architect, once again, at the center of some of the most defining issues of our time. The School of Architecture at Syracuse University has not only kept pace with these changes, but our faculty, staff, students and alumni have led and continue to lead the effort to make a better world through the design of better buildings and cities. We invite you to visit and to join us.

Michael Speaks, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Architecture