Timothy Stenson
Associate Professor

B.S. Architecture, University of Virginia; M.Arch, University of Virginia

Born in Brooklyn and educated in a garage on Long Island, Timothy Stenson has been taking things apart, and occasionally putting things together since childhood. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from the University of Virginia.

Stenson’s creative work, spanning from urban to furniture scale, and from graphite on paper to folded steel, has been exhibited widely, and has received design awards from the AIA (national award for excellence in collegiate urban design - 1992), the ACSA (two faculty design awards - 2001 and 2003), Inform Magazine (the best in show and a merit award - 2003), I.D. where he was featured in 2004 among the “I.D. Fifty,” and a Design Award from the Philadelphia AIA in 2009.

Since arriving at Syracuse University in 2004 Stenson’s design research has focused on lower-cost, lower-energy houses. He has completed a series of projects supported by funding from the US Department of Energy, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence. Current projects include research into architectural and engineering design processes for integration and optimization of low-energy systems.

Prior to SU, Stenson taught full-time at the University of Michigan and at the University of Virginia. His course work has included core design studios, advanced fabrication based studios, building technology, and furniture design and fabrication.


  • Van Alen Institute – From the Ground Up: Innovative Green Homes (competition finalists), 2009
  • Slocum Gallery, Syracuse University – Home Turf (West Side infill housing), 2009
  • ACSA Faculty Design Awards – Campbell Hall Entry, 2003
  • University of Tennessee School of Architecture – Furniture, Fabrication, Field (solo exhibition), 2003 (illustrative)

Grants and Awards

  • DOE E-RIC Hub proposal - Building Energy Sustainability Systems Laboratory, Residential Platform Co-leader, 2010
  • Philadelphia AIA Design Award, Lumen-Air House (w/Erdy-McHenry Architecture), 2009
  • Finalist – From the Ground Up: International Design Competition for lower-cost, lower-energy house designs (w/Erdy-McHenry Architecture), 2009
  • NSF EFRI-SEED proposal - Integrated Interdisciplinary Optimized Design Process, Principal Investigator, 2009
  • EPA: Syracuse CoE CARTI – High Environmental Performance Housing, Principal Investigator, 2007
  • Syracuse CoE Research Fellowship – Sustainable Landscape + Affordable Housing, Principal Investigator, 2006
  • ID 50 – Virginia Designer (ID – International Design), 2004
  • Best-In-Show, Inform Design Awards. 2003 (illustrative)

Administration and Service

  • Undergraduate Chair, Syracuse University School of Architecture, 2011-2016