Randall Korman

B.Arch, The Cooper Union, M.Arch, Harvard University

Randall Korman is a native of New York City where he received his undergraduate professional degree in architecture from the Cooper Union. From 1972 to 1974 he worked as a graduate intern at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS) in New York City. He received a graduate degree in advanced architectural design from Harvard University. His professional experiences include employment in the architectural offices of Kenneth Frampton, Peter Eisenman and Michael Graves.

Randall Korman has been a faculty member at Syracuse University since 1977. He has also served as a visiting faculty member at the University of Texas and Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama, Japan. In the spring of 2009 he was invited to be the Batza Distinguished Visiting Professor at Colgate University. At Syracuse he has taught at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate programs and has been extensively involved in international educational programming.

Between 1980 and 1982 he established and developed the Syracuse Florence Architecture Program. Since then he has served as the chair of both the undergraduate and graduate architecture programs at Syracuse, and in 1989 returned to Florence as the resident director of the Syracuse University Florence Center. In 2007 he established the Syracuse University London Architecture Program. Between 2005 and 2012 he served as the associate dean and between 2012 and 2013 he served as the interim dean.

His research interests have focused principally on the phenomenon of the architectural façade. He has lectured widely on the subject, most recently in Spain, Norway and China. He is currently working on a book entitled “The Architecture of the Façade.”

In practice as Randall Korman, Architect since 1975, his work includes commercial, institutional and residential projects. He received his NCARB national certification in 1977.

Buildings and Projects

  • Kildonan School Arts & Science Building, Amenia, NY 1987
  • Master Plan, Kildonan School, Amenia, NY 1986
  • Montario House, Montario Point, NY 1985
  • Nepi House, Forte di Marme, Italy 1980
  • Lake House, Ellisberg, NY 1979
  • Project for Prototype Housing, Tuxedo Park, NY 1978
  • Voneckartsburg House, Ford City, PA 1976


  • “Faculty Projects,” School of Architecture, Syracuse, NY
     Spring 2017
  • “Recent Work,” School of Architecture, University of Texas at Arlington
     Spring 1995
  • “Faculty Projects,” School of Architecture, Syracuse, NY
     Spring 1988
  • “Unfinished Business,” Gallery Moderne, Syracuse, NY
     Spring 1986
  • “Faculty Competition Submissions,” School of Architecture, Syracuse, NY
     Spring 1983
  • “Architecture: Practice & Pedagogy,” National Academy of Design, NYC
     Summer 1980
  • “Young Faculty Architecture,” Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University
      Fall 1979

Grants and Awards

  • Architectural League of New York Architectural Drawing Award 1973

  • NYAIA, Residential Design Award, assistant to Peter D. Eisenman 1974

Lectures and Papers

  • Keynote Speaker, First Annual Conference on New Chinese Urbanization, Ningbo, China December 2013
  • Invited Speaker, Tsinghua University School of Architecture, Architecture Forum, Beijing, China December 2013
  • CEU San Pablo University School of Architecture, Madrid, Spain
    October 2012
  • Syracuse University Architecture Program, Florence, Italy October 2012
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Architecture, Trondheim, Norway October 2012


  • “Projective Affinities: Palladio, Perspective and the Presence of the Modern”
     Article in progress 2018
  • “Syracuse, New York: Large Lessons from a Small City”
     The China Architect 2014
  • “Meditations on a Blank Wall: Brunelleschi and the Prefiguration of
     Modern Space,”  Foglio Journal 1998
  • Architecture: Practice and Pedagogy” exhibition catalogue preface 1980

Administration and Service

  • Interim Dean, Syracuse Architecture, 2012-13
  • Associate Dean, Syracuse Architecture, 2007-12
  • Director and Resident Chair, Syracuse University Florence Center, Italy, 1989-90
  • Head, Graduate Architecture Program, Syracuse University, 1982-89
  • Director, Syracuse University Architecture Program, Florence, Italy, 1980-81
  • Head, Undergraduate Architecture Program, Syracuse University, 1990-96
  • Teaching, Syracuse University, Summer Program, Moscow/St. Petersburg, Russia, 1993
  • Teaching, Summer Program, London, England (with Art McDonald),1984
  • Teaching, Summer Program, Vienna, Austria (with Rob Krier), 1979