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Student Mentor Squad (SMS)

The Student Mentor Squad (SMS) is a group of fourth- and fifth-year architecture students who have been peer advisors, maintained strong GPAs, and studied abroad. They are dedicated to extending the peer advisor-advisee relationship beyond the first year in order to foster relationships between upperclassmen and underclassmen.

Mentors will host forums and discussion groups, as well as generate publications. Architecture students will have the opportunity to engage with mentors about electives, study abroad opportunities, off-campus housing, and a host of other subjects. The SMS is a vital resource for younger students as they navigate their way through the architecture program.

2020-2021 Squad
Aaron, Creative Team Chair
Aaron ’21


A friend once said, “Aaron? Truly an Amazing individual!” - Katie Weeks (2020)

 

Aaron is a fifth-year student from Victor, New York. He’s here to help you all. Aaron truly enjoy talking with, advising, and helping others. This is why most, if not all of you, know him already. He has been an Architecture Ambassador and Peer Advisor for the entirety of his time here.

 

Aaron traveled to London for his first global campus semester and stayed in Syracuse for VC in the second semester. He works as a photographer for both the School of Architecture and the University’s Marketing and Communications division. He has also interned at Dwyer Architectural here in Syracuse with Katie. In his spare time, Aaron loves to travel and will jump on any opportunity he has to do it. He loves photography and plays many video games while his cats get in the way.

Alec ’21
Alec ’21


Alec is a fifth-year student from Oceanside, New York. In his years at Syracuse University, Alec has been an Architecture and Honors Peer Advisor, an Architecture and Abroad Ambassador, a member of Freedom by Design, POSIT and most recently a Remembrance Scholar. In 2019, Alec studied abroad at both the London and Florence centers. Previously, Alec worked with the Port Authority of NY & NJ and the Institute for Public Architecture in New York. Alec enjoys spending time outside, usually in the water or on a bike. He also enjoys making ceramic things and eating good food.

Anusha ’22
Anusha ’22


Anusha is a fourth-year student from Mumbai, India. In her years at Syracuse University, she has been involved in the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS), in activities with the South Asian Student Association (SASA), and other peer advising programs. She studied in NYC last semester and is currently part of the Syracuse London program. Over the past few summers, she interned at IBI in Los Angeles and at SSA Architects in Mumbai. Outside of architecture, some of her passions include reading (especially Harry Potter!), swimming, and fashion.

Ben ’22
Ben ’22


Ben is a fourth-year student from the northern Virginia region. At Syracuse University, Ben is an Honors student who enjoys his time away from Slocum Hall. This includes his time sleeping and hanging out with friends. However, Ben understands the importance of his education, which has given him the opportunity to study in Florence and London (online). In 2019, Ben collaborated with SUNY ESF students competing in the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge where they placed first in their division. During summers, Ben has interned at Shalom Baranes Associates in Washington D.C., MDSzerbaty Assocates Architecture in NYC, and FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise in NYC. Ben has been with the Syracuse family since participating in the summer college program in 2014.

Erik ’22
Erik ’22


Erik is a fourth-year student from Caledonia, Wisconsin. Outside of architecture, he spends most of his time as the president of Orange Appeal, the original tenor-bass a capella group at Syracuse! He also enjoys being part of, and a TA in, the Renee Crown Honors Program and being an Architecture Ambassador. Erik loves hiking and exploring Central New York; so he’s a great resource if you’re looking for recommendation on parks or hikes. He has studied in Florence and is currently in a Visiting Critic studio. Over the past few summers, Erik has worked designing Usonian- and Prairie-style homes with Genesis Architecture. Fun fact: Erik is colorblind.

Eryn ’21
Eryn ’21


Eryn is a fifth-year student from Morrison, Illinois. Since enrolling at Syracuse, she has been involved within the School of Architecture as an Architecture Ambassador and a Peer Advisor. Outside of architecture, she was a member of Sour Sitrus Society, where she played the clarinet and enjoyed attending many basketball games. In 2019, Eryn studied abroad in both the London and Florence centers where she developed a huge love for traveling. Eryn is also a member of the Renee Crown Honors Program. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing with her dog name Louie, and watching a lot of different movies.

Heather ’21
Heather ’21


Heather is a fifth-year student who grew up just outside of Philadelphia, but now lives in Boston, Massachusetts. To complement her architecture studies, Heather is minoring in Sustainable Construction Management and also takes classes in political science. Since freshman year, she has been involved throughout the School of Architecture and the rest of the University. Heather was a Peer Advisor and continues to be an Architecture Ambassador, as well as a Global Ambassador for the study abroad programs. She has participated in a student-led design competition, the Solar Decathlon, for the past two years as well. Outside of architecture, Heather is interning for the Office of Admissions and is a campus tour guide. She is a member of the SU club gymnastics team and also love to run. She studied off campus in NYC and abroad in Italy. In her spare time, Heather enjoys cooking, playing trivia, and staying active.

Jasmine ’22
Jasmine ’22


Jasmine is a fourth-year student from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In her time at Syracuse, she has been involved in many clubs within the School of Architecture. As a Peer Advisor, a member and former president of the Architecture Student Organization (ASO), an Architecture Ambassador, and a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, she enjoys getting to know her classmates. For global campus, Jasmine participated in the NYC program and is currently part of the online Florence program. She has interned for Ballinger in Philadelphia and took part in research over the summer in DEI by co-hosting conversations with faculty groups on diversity, equity, and inclusion and creating a new, diverse entourage library. When she’s not working, Jasmine likes to spend time with her cat, Fleur, and cook.

Kalani ’21
Kalani ’21


Kalani is a fifth-year student from Hermosa Beach, California. Since enrolling in Syracuse University, she has been involved by being the Peer Advising Program coordinator, a member of AIAS, and studied in both London and Florence. She interned at KTGY’s Los Angeles office over the summer and also runs the Instagram account for the School of Architecture (@syr_arch). In her free time, she loves to cook, eat, make jewelry, and continues to practice her passion for theater design. Outside of the School of Architecture, Kalani is part of First Year Players, a student run theater organization in which she has held positions including lighting designer, set designer, and art director.

Katie ’22
Katie ’22


Katie is a fourth-year student from the Lehigh Valley/Allentown area in Pennsylvania. At Syracuse, she has been involved in the School of Architecture and surrounding campus activities, participating in marching & pep bands, Greek life, and the Peer Advising Program. She is also involved in creating an architecture outreach and assistance program called Future Designers for Syracuse, that serves high school students in the Syracuse area. Katie intended to participate in the NYC and London global campus programs, the later cancelled and the former was done mostly in person and partially online. She has interned at Dwyer Architectural in Syracuse, Spillman Farmer Architects in Bethlehem, PA, and Selldorf Architects in NYC. In addition, she has worked for Professor Nina Sharifi as a Research Assistant at the Center of Excellence. In her free time, Katie loves to bake, paint, cross-stich, and play with her pets Mickey (cat), Coffee and Carmel (guinea pigs).

Kayleen ’21
Kayleen ’21


Kayleen is a fifth-year student from Albany, New York. Since enrolling at Syracuse University, she has been a Peer Advisor, a tutor for numerous architecture courses, and studied abroad in both Florence and London. She interned at the firm Bureau V over the summer as a participant from the Syracuse New York City program. In her free time, she loves to read, watch movies, cook, and spend time with friends and family. Outside of the School of Architecture, Kayleen is part of the Renee Crown Honors Program.

Sneha ’22
Sneha ’22


Sneha is a fourth-year architecture student from India but grew up in Nigeria and India. Since enrolling at Syracuse University, she has been an Architecture Ambassador and Peer Advisor. She is also one of the founding members of the International Mentor Squad (IMS) and a member of the AIAS. Sneha is currently part of the online Florence program. Over the past few years, she has interned in Lagos, Nigeria and has done a research internship with a Syracuse University architecture professor. In her free time, Sneha likes dancing, hiking, and painting.

Stella ’21
Stella ’21


Stella is a fifth-year student, who was born and raised in Shanghai, China. In order to pursue a more global insight, she studied abroad in both Florence and London. Also, with the interests of sustainability and business management, Stella holds a LEED GA certification and has a minor in Whitman School of Management. Over the past two summers, Stella did freelance commission for a cafe’s interior and graphic design, as well as interned in a governmental design institute. In life, Stella is a big fan of backpack traveling and religious learning. Recently, she is developing her passion for theology and astrology. As a typical Sagittarius and big foodie, she loves making new friends and experiencing all kinds of different food, especially ice cream. So, please feel free to talk to her about your life and ask her for food recommendations!

Terese ’21
Terese ’21


Terese is a fifth-year student. Since coming to Syracuse she was a Peer Advisor and became involved with the Catholic church ministry on campus. She is a TA for social ballroom and Latin dancing classes held on campus; both classes that she highly recommends! Terese had the opportunity to study in NYC, where she also had an internship through the School at ICRAVE, and in Florence. She has interned at Jeffrey Parker Architects in Grand Rapids, Michigan. When not working on studio, she enjoys dancing, reading, cooking, baking, and hanging out with friends.

Xingyao ’21
Xingyao ’21


Yao is a fifth-year international student who is currently taking remote courses from her home city, Shenzhen, China. She appreciates the global campus experiences in Britain and Spain, which inspired her to minor in history of architecture, as well as museum studies. To better connect with peers in the School, she was a member of the Peer Advising Program and has joined with NOMAS for a competition project and graphic design work. Outside of school, Yao has interned with two firms and two pavilion projects that are being built, as well as volunteering in galleries and museums. Throughout her college years, she remains passionate about drawing, violin, and the novel “The Grave Robbers,” and is developing new interests in cooking and jewelry making. If you have similar interests or any questions regarding anything, she will absolutely be willing to chat and help!