Anne Munly

Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence; FAAR, Fellow, American Academy in Rome; M.Arch, Princeton University; B.S. in Architecture, University of Virginia; NCARB certificate; Professional registration New York and New Jersey

Anne Munly is Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate design studios and seminars in American urban settlement, theories of utopia, and modern dwelling. She has taught in SU global programs in London, Florence and Japan, and directed the Syracuse Architecture in London program and the Scuola di Architettura program in Florence, ltaly.

She is partner in Munly Brown Studio, a design consultancy formed with Theodore Brown. MBS engages in projects ranging from material research to master planning, with a commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability, and has been premiated in several national and international competitions. 

Aiming to reinforce disciplinary depth while broadening discourse within the field, Munly has engaged in several partnerships in her teaching. “Interrupting Rome, New York”, a critical mapping project using GIS software, was conducted with colleagues in the Maxwell School. She developed the seminar “Utopia: Landscape and Architecture in the New World” with a SUNY-ESF colleague to bring a landscape perspective to American urban studies. Her Rome Prize in Architecture fellowship project “Rome: City of Monuments, City of Domesticity, or, Piranesi Interrupted’’ considered the legacy of GB Piranesi’s Campus Martius map from a feminist perspective, and engaged her in printmaking practices in Rome, Italy. “Materiality and Dwelling” studies Japanese influences on modern house form and is part of an interdisciplinary program taught in Japan with a colleague in Visual and Performing Arts.

Among her research grants are awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Humanities, Boston Foundation for Architecture, the American Academy in Rome and NYSERDA. Her seminar “Utopian Theory and Urban ransformation in Early American Town Planning” received an AIA Education Honor citation. Her work and the work of MBS has been widely exhibited both in the U.S. and abroad.

Buildings and Projects

  • Syracuse University Catholic Center, Design Feasibility Study, schematic design and design development, Munly Brown Studio
  • SALT District Neighborhood Food and Health Center, Near Westside, Syracuse, NY, conceptual design, Munly Brown Studio
  • Thematic Pavilion for the 2012 Exposition, Yeosu, Korea, international competition with T. Brown, C. Olsen, M. Tirone, S. MacNamara
  • Huntington Hall addition and renovation, Syracuse University, invited competition, Munly Brown Studio
  • The Savvy Wine Cellar, Camillus, New York, completed design project, Munly Brown Studio
  • Liberty High School New Media Center, Liberty, New York, completed design project. MBS acted as design consultants to Ashley McGraw Architects
  • High Performance House, Manlius, New York, conceptual design with a team including Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, Ashley McGraw Architects, Ramtech Engineers, Northeast Natural Homes


  • Architectural Drawings in Florence Now #5, invited group exhibition, Societa’ delle Belle Arti, Circolo degli Artisti, Florence, Italy, Maurizio di Vita, curator. Exhibited Piranesi Interrupted 2
  • AAM - Galleria Arte e Architettura Moderna, invited group exhibition, Rome, Italy, Alberto Alessi, curator. Site-specific installation of Piranesi Interrupted 2 etchings
  • American Academy in Rome Annual Exhibition, invited group exhibition, Rome, Italy, Martha Boyden, curator. Exhibition/Installation of Piranesi Interrupted: painted wall map, etchings and analyses
  • Syracuse Builds: After the Master Plan group exhibition at the SoA Warehouse Gallery. Exhibited The Amos at City Harbor, Anne Munly and Ted Brown, Munly Brown Studio
  • Maps as Stories: Rome, New York, Rome Historical Society, Rome, New York. Exhibit of GIS and cognitive mappings research conducted by Anne Munly and Anne Mosher, Urban Mapping Research Initiative (UMRI)
  • Home Turf group exhibition, Architecture Gallery @ Slocum Hall, Exhibited the High Performance House, part of design research by Anne Munly and Ted Brown, Munly Brown Studio, for NYSERDA research project
  • The Image, the Object, the Table group exhibition, Architecture Gallery @ Slocum Hall. Molly Hunker, Nicole McIntosh, Daekwon Park, exhibition committee. Exhibited The 3-d Printed Architectural Screen

Grants and Awards

  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant, with Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, in support of Design Intelligence for Energy Performance Optimization in a Single-family Home, With Theodore L brown, Munly Brown Studio, Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, Ashley McGraw Architects, Ramtech Engineers, Northeast Natural Homes
  • New York State Council for the Humanities grant (with Rome Historical Society and Anne Mosher)
  • Rome Prize in Architecture - American Academy in Rome Founders Fellowship
  • Vision Fund 2000 - Syracuse University in support of the interdisciplinary Urban Mapping Research Initiative (UMRI) with Anne Mosher and Don Mitchell, Department of Geography, and Mark Linder, School of Architecture  

Lectures and Papers

  • Thickened Mappings: Towards a Cognitive Mapping Aesthetic, American Association of Geographers National Meeting, Chicago, Illinois
  • Interrupted City: Grafting Rome, New York Mexico City, ACSA International Conference
  • Piranesi Interrupted II, in ‘Feminist Scholarship at Syracuse University’, Women’s Studies Program

Administration and Service

  • Director, Scuola di Architettura, Syracuse University, Florence, Italy
  • Director, Syracuse Architecture London program, London, UK