Betsy Clifton (she/her) joins the Syracuse University School of Architecture faculty as a part-time instructor in Fall 2021 teaching Architectural Design III.
Prior to joining Syracuse University, Betsy worked internationally in exhibition design and housing. Recent architectural collaborators include Sam Chermayeff Office (Berlin/NY), SITE (James Wines, NY), NEMESTUDIO (San Francisco), and Norman Kelley (Carrie Norman and Thomas Kelley, New Orleans/Chicago). She has acted as a design lead for exhibitions at The Canadian Centre for Architecture, The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Columbia GSAPP: Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, among others.
Betsy was an assistant curator for the Pavilion of Turkey in the 17th International Architecture Exhibition at the La Biennale di Venezia. She is a founding member of A Weak Office, an unstable architecture office, with artist Jean-Pascal Flavien and architect Sam Chermayeff. In 2020, Betsy formed the architectural design agency Associates, And.
She has been an invited guest critic to architectural undergraduate and graduate student reviews at the Architectural Association, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, GSAPP, University of California, Berkeley, University of Texas at Austin, and Pratt.
Betsy earned a Masters of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley where she received the John K Branner Fellowship, the Ciampi Art in Architecture Award, and the McGowen Memorial Tuition Fellowship.