The International Mentor Squad (IMS) is a group of architecture students who are dedicated to welcoming and supporting new international students to the School of Architecture.
Members of the IMS work to provide new international students with an avenue to socialize with individuals outside their cultural groups and learn from students who have experience adapting to the United States and Syracuse University.
In addition, the IMS aims to explore the world with students from almost 50 countries found within the School of Architecture through cross-cultural engagements and cultural celebrations planned throughout the academic year.
Ana Karen ’27
Ana Karen is a second-year student. She was born and raised in Mexico City but now lives in Victoria, Canada. She is the NOMAS 2027 Class Representative and Secretary of AIAS. Outside of architecture, she enjoys dancing, reading, playing soccer, and watching various movies. She is beyond excited to meet all students!
Sia is a third-year student from Delhi, India. She loves to dance, listen to music and paint. She is an Architecture Ambassador and a Peer Advisor in the School of Architecture. Apart from this, she also teaches dance as a part of the Orange Pulse Dance Troupe (a student run organization on campus) and is also a part of the South Asian Student Association. She started dancing when she was 5 and has been doing so since. Though architecture is immersive, she has been able to manage her focus on both her passions with ease. Opportunities as such have helped her transition better into the new environment and mingle well with people around. She likes to spend her free time hanging out with friends. Do not hesitate to reach out to her with any questions!
Jessica is a fourth-year student majoring in architecture. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil and lived there up until college. At Syracuse University, she is a member of BRASA, the Brazilian Student Association. She is pretty excited for the next five years at Syracuse!
Juhi is a second-year student from Mumbai, India. She is involved in Architecture Ambassadors as a Peer Advisor, Alpha Rho Chi, South Asian Student Association, and the SU Run Club. Outside architecture she loves to run, play basketball, draw, trek and listen to Taylor Swift. You can find her working at the Barnes Center as an Intramural Sports Official or sitting on the Crouse Hill in good weather. She feels strongly about saving the environment and hopes to do sustainable design in the future. Feel free to reach out to her with any questions @juhi_idnani (Instagram)
Pamela is a second-year student at the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. She is from Mexico city, but currently lives in San Antonio, TX. At Syracuse University, she is part of the honors program, Mexican Student Association, AIAS, NOMAS, and currently going through the initiation process of becoming part of Alpha Rho Chi. She is so excited for what’s to come.
Marco is a second-year student at the Syracuse University School of Architecture. He is from São Paulo, Brazil and has moved to the US to study architecture. Marco has MANY interests, some of them are ceramics, painting, badminton, jewelry design and philanthropy. He has a special affection for bio architecture and the development of new materials and methods of construction. Feel free to reach out to him with anything you need!
Yexin (Tina) ’26
Tina is a third-year architecture student from China. She moved to New York City when she was young and completed schooling there until college. In the School of Architecture, Tina holds leadership roles in AIAS and the Historical Chinese Architecture Association. She is also a photographer on the Social Media Committee. Outside of architecture, Tina is passionate about sociology, human development, and philosophy. During her free time, she also likes to sing and dance to various types of music, such as K-pop and Hip-Hop. She is excited to become a part of IMS to help more people learn about the diverse culture at SOA. Please feel free to reach out to her for any questions or advice!
Aung Htet (Calvin) ’27
Aung Htet Khant Paing or Calvin is a second-year architecture student from Yangon, Myanmar. He is actively apart of NOMAS and AIAS. In his free time he likes to play soccer, binge watch TV series (The Mandalorian and Sherlock are some of his favorites), and kdramas. He is also a big foodie, and has an entire photo album dedicated to all the different type of foods from different cities and countries. He is very much excited and thrilled to meet new students that are coming into the Syracuse SOA family. Please feel free to reach out to him if any questions or concerns arise.
Yanxi is a Junior student majoring in architecture at Syracuse University. She is a member of HCA Historic Chinese Architecture and the Built Environment Association and a member of International Mentor Squad, She is from Suzhou, southeast China, well known for its canals, bridges, and classical gardens. Yanxi was raised in the cultural art of Chinese gardens and developed a keen interest in ancient Chinese architecture. She, as an architecture student, likes to build Legos to relax. She also enjoys reading detective novels in her free time. If you’re a lover of critters and detective fiction, just come and talk to her!
Yixing (Cindy) ’24
Cindy is a fifth-year student majoring in architecture. She was born and raised in Harbin, China, and currently lives in Beijing. Her first role at Syracuse University was as a teaching assistant in the 2020 Fall Introduction to Architecture and Architecture Practice course. She is a photographer on the Social Media Committee, a member of Architecture Ambassador, and a Peer Advisor. Outside of architecture, Cindy is passionate about experimental theater and interested in crochet, ceramics, badminton, swimming, cooking, and traveling. She hopes to help the ongoing process of increasing cultural diversity and inclusion at Syracuse University. Feel free to reach out to her at any time!
Jediel is a fifth-year at the Syracuse University School of Architecture. Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and having lived in Bahrain before coming to the United States for college, he is no stranger to experiencing cultural changes and loves meeting people worldwide! He is currently an honors student also pursuing a minor in real estate. Jediel enjoys taking long leisurely walks around campus during his free time as well as hiking and reading!
Reva Murkar is a second-year student from Mumbai, India. At Syracuse university, she is a peer-advisor, an Architecture Ambassador, and a part of AIAS. Outside of architecture, Reva is very passionate about traveling, art and culture. She hopes to help the ongoing process of increasing cultural diversity and inclusion at Syracuse University by being a part of this group and is very excited to meet new students that are coming into the Syracuse SOA family. Do not hesitate to reach out to her with any questions!
Yifan (Ivan) ’25
Ivan is a fourth-year architecture student from Shanghai, China. He is the NOMAS Class Representative for the Class of 2025 and a founding member of Class Connections ’25. Besides architecture, he is interested in songwriting, music production, and vocal performance. He is excited to meet students from different cultural backgrounds.
Mingrui (Ray) ’26
Mingrui Xie or Ray is a third-year architecture student from Hangzhou, China. He was part of AIAS, NOMAS design team, and the founder and president of the Historic Chinese Architecture Association. During his free time, he enjoys listening to music and cooking. He is passionate about being part of the International Mentor Squad and learning about people from different cultural backgrounds. Do not hesitate to reach out to him with any questions!