London is an incubator city in that its accelerated pace of development and central position in global trade allow it to test, anticipate, and play out urban formulas and preoccupations pertinent to cities engaged in the new normal of global economic exchange. The London architecture program invites students to experience the multifaceted environment of the city, to reflect on its history, and to investigate its most urgent contemporary issues, which play out globally in time.
The program—based at Syracuse University’s London Center in the historic Bloomsbury district—is comprised of workshops focused on interrelated themes, with an intentional synergy between design studio and survey field work. Each term, in addition to the selected themes, the London program engages the city through an element of its infrastructure. Numerous trips to continental cities expand the curricular scope. Critics, academics, and practitioners from across Europe supplement course work through lectures, critiques, and specialized excursions. Professional electives and classes in architectural history support the design studio and field survey courses.
Faraday House is a five-story, two-building mini-campus in Bloomsbury that houses Syracuse University London in addition to a full range of facilities, from classrooms and offices to auditorium, photography studio, and lounges. Faraday House contains two studio spaces and classrooms used by the architecture program, as well as a model-making studio and a printing space. Students have use of the University of London libraries, the Architectural Association library, and all online library resources of Syracuse University. They receive memberships to the Architectural Association in nearby Bedford Square.
Study in London is a semester-long program consisting of: a 6-credit design studio (ARC 407 or ARC 408); Two 3-credit professional electives; and a choice of a history elective or a 3-credit elective course offered by another department.