Francisco Sanin

Architectural Diploma, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia

Francisco Sanin was born and educated in Medellin, Colombia, and is internationally known as an urban designer, noted for his extensive research in the history and theory of urban form. He has taught at Princeton, the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Kingston and Greenwich Universities in the UK, and the University of Oregon Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

He has been a visiting professor in schools around the world, including the Korean National University of Arts, Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, UPB in Medellin, Colombia, and Miami University. He was Director of the Syracuse University Architecture program in Florence from 2004 - 2008.

Sanin is a practicing architect with work in several countries. He has received numerous awards in architectural competitions and has lectured, curated exhibitions, and published internationally.

Buildings and Projects

  • Master plan for Pingdu, 2011
  • Guest house outside Seoul, South Korea, 2007
  • 6 private houses in Yangi, South Korea 2007
  • Haeinsa Buddhist Monastery, South Korea, 2003-2004
  • 10 private houses in “Waldhaus” development, Seoul, South Korea, 2008- 2009
  • Urban plan studies for re-use of industrial area in Medellin Colombia, 2007
  • Student Center for the City of Jeonju, in Seoul South Korea, 2008-2009
  • Master Plan study for redevelopment of Qianmen Hutong area near Forbidden City, Beijing, 2007


  • Folly + Gwang-Ju Design Biennale, 2011
  • Korean Pavilion, Venice Biennale, co-commissioner with Seung H. Sang, 2008
  • Academic coordinator of “Urbanismo Social”, a series of events (including exhibition, lectures, workshops) organized by the Major of the city of Medellin, 2007

Administration and Service

  • Director, Syracuse Architecture London program, 2014-16
  • Chair, Syracuse Architecture graduate programs, 2010-13
  • Executive committee member, Latin American and Caribbean program, Syracuse University
  • Director, Syracuse Architecture Florence program, 2005-2008
  • Member of the NAAB accreditation team at the School of Architecture and the Polytechnic of San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Symposium series organizer, ‘International Dialogues in Urbanism,’ Istittuto degli Innocenti, Florence, Italy, 2006 - 2008
  • Coordinator, international workshop, Sealine Riccione, Italy, 2004 - 2008
  • Coordinator, Syracuse Architecture Master II program in Urban Design, Florence, 2003-2007