How do I notify the university if I plan to attend all my classes online?

If you know for sure you are not returning to campus and plan to attend all classes remotely, kindly inform the university by completing this form.

fourth-year undergraduate options

With the announcement of the University’s decision to transition all New York City, Florence, and London-based classes online for the Fall 2020 semester, the School of Architecture continues to work quickly to provide information on all options available to fourth-year undergraduates.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Karen Baris at


When will I be able to adjust my Fall schedule?

Students who were planning to study in Florence, London, and New York City will have the opportunity to adjust their Fall schedule beginning July 20. All other returning students, campus-wide, will be able to adjust their Fall schedule beginning August 3.

Will the School of Architecture increase the number of courses offered, particularly Professional Electives (PEs)?

Yes, the School will modify the architecture electives offered this Fall based on student need. This is one reason identifying your preference for either taking a VC studio or off-campus based online courses is so important. Karen Baris will send a list of all available architecture courses to students prior to the schedule adjustment period.

Are the only options for remote learning the original abroad curriculum? 

If you are planning for a fully online semester, you should select a New York City, Florence, or London-based studio. All classes offered on main campus will be delivered in dual modes (in-person and online) in the event students are not able to attend in-person.

How will remote learning accommodate all students to create an equitable learning environment?

The School will make every effort to create an equitable learning environment for all students, and faculty will make necessary accommodations on an individual basis.

When do main campus Visiting Critic studios begin?

The VCs in Slocum Hall will follow the new academic calendar for Fall 2020. Classes will begin August 24.

How will the School make sure those who want to participate in residential studies obtain appropriate housing?

We have been in contact with the Office of Student Living, and students who were planning to be off campus, will be able to apply for on-campus housing through MySlice. The Office of Student Living is available to assist with finding off-campus housing if you would rather explore that option and can be contacted at or 315-443-3637.

If I return to main campus for a Visiting Critic studio, will I be able to take other classes online?

Yes, all main campus classes will be offered in dual modes. The policy described below is an excerpt from a communication issued to the campus community on June 8 from the University’s Fall 2020 Open Working Group:

Faculty and many others are working to create online course offerings that mirror those classes that will be offered in a residential format during the fall semester. For that reason, if returning to campus in the fall is not a viable option for some of our students, the opportunity to participate remotely will be possible. Importantly however, if a student opts for an online semester and to remain in a location other than Syracuse, New York, for public health reasons, their access to campus will be limited (given that those individuals would not be part of the ongoing testing and monitoring procedures in place for the residential student population).

Is our only residential option a Visiting Critic studio?

Yes, the only residential option for ARC 408 is a VC, either in Slocum Hall or China.

When do New York City online classes begin?

New York City classes follow the main campus calendar and online classes will begin August 24.

Will students be able to take electives across all the different abroad options if they chose to be in a Visiting Critic (VC) studio?

At this time, we will make two New York City-based electives, two Florence-based and two London-based available to all students. These are listed below.

Which New York City, Florence and London-based online electives are available to all students?

New York


NYC City Planning


Instructor: David Vega Barachowitz

Planning the post-pandemic city: Shaping spatial policy in New York City contextualizes the current pandemic within the history of public health and spatial policy in the United States, using New York as a case study. The course traces the transformation of modern health and planning institutions from the mid-19th century to today, exploring how responses to past crises yielded spatial policies that have shaped the modern city, from park systems and zoning codes to regional highways and suburbs. Students will engage in critical conversations about the future of cities, using a selection of New York City blocks to project typologies and solutions for the post-pandemic metropolis. The course provides an opportunity for students to use this historical narrative as a basis for engaging in conversations about the future of New York City and to test creative typologies and solutions for the post-pandemic city.   

New York


Eco-Urban Systems

Instructor: Julie Torres Moskovitz

What are the most pressing issues for citizen architects operating in New York City for the foreseeable future? Some of the biggest challenges that NYC and cities around the world are facing include; resiliency, equity, and climate change. In this course, we will explore how these challenges are interrelated by focusing on three areas of networks within the city; energy, food and waste. We will analyze chronic stresses and acute shocks that affect city inhabitants, otherwise known as resiliency, and study our urban fabric’s ability to rebound from storm surges, flooding, pandemics, food insecurity and related challenges facing each of our neighborhoods. In this course we will hear from NYC experts, participate in virtual workshops, and read diverse publications to learn about the underlying networks in our city that can inform our work as architects and allow us to better serve and engage with community. 



Survey of Digital Techniques


Instructor: Daniele Profeta

This course will act as a survey of digital techniques that will extend your capacity to operate (and design) in digital environments. Based upon a research through practices methodology, you will acquire first-hand experience and proficiency in 3d scanning with photogrammetry, advanced 3d modeling techniques as well as contemporary rendering and imaging processes. The class is organized around a series of parallel workshops and lectures. If in the former students will acquire proficiency in a wide array of cutting-edge techniques, in the latter- through a critical understanding of the histories of these modes of representation, of the social and political contexts from which they were developed, the students will begin to recognize their impact on our contemporary culture. Software covered will include Rhino 3d, Autodesk Maya, Arnold Renderer, Adobe After Effects, Substance Alchemist, Painter and many others. Course required for students in the Florence studio.



ARC 300 - Renaissance Architecture in Italy (History Elective)


Instructor: Jane Zaloga

In this course, we’ll study Italian architecture from 1400-1600, with special emphasis on the cultural contexts that affected the building process and on the relationship between architectural practice and its theoretical framework. Topics include: the dynamic relationship of tradition and innovation in architectural design, the evolution of architectural typologies, the emerging figure of the architect, and developments in architectural representation and writing. We will explore the distinctive cities of Italy (Florence, Rome, Venice, Milan, Mantua, etc.) with classes consisting of a mix of asynchronous (recorded) lectures, virtual visits, and student-led presentations, interspersed with live class meetings, individual and small group assignments, and discussions.



Survey of British Architectural Practice

Instructor:  Davide Sacconi

London is an extraordinarily rich cultural infrastructure. Museums, schools, galleries, libraries provide a countless number of daily events that are the fertile ground where academics and practices thrive. This year, rather than looking at buildings, the Survey of British Architecture will focus on the vast panorama of architects, artists, urban designers, researchers and activists that animate the London scene. The course will take the form of an open seminar that will give the opportunity to the students to know and interact with some of the most famous, fascinating and cutting-edge practice of London, such as Chipperfield Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects, 6a and Assemble. Each meeting will be prepared through readings and discussions on each practice work, giving the opportunity to the students to delve into their methodology and meaningfully engage with them in the live session. The seminar will be accompanied by the elaboration of analytic texts and drawings as response to each session. Course is required for those in the London studio.



ARC 434 - The Ways of the Architect: A History of London’s Built Environment and its Makers (History Elective)

Instructor: TBD

The course presents a history of London’s built environment by examining the changing attitudes and practices of British architects from the mid-17th to the mid-20th century. It explores the ways in which London’s architectural culture was understood and produced through its architects’ diverse trainings, evolving modes of design and notions of style, built and theoretical work. It does so by identifying four pairs of architects and architectural thinkers and by thematically investigating their respective practices and conflicting professional perspectives: Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor; Robert Adam and William Chambers; William Morris and John Ruskin; Alison and Peter Smithson and Denys Lasdun. As such, the course pinpoints four paradigm-shifting moments in the production of London’s built environment, allowing at the same time for a comprehensive and continuous narrative of British architectural history, including the Palladian Revivals, late-18th century cultures of ruins and the Picturesque, the impact of industrialisation in the 19th century and post-war reconstructions.


Additional information on the Florence and London Studios

Florence Design Studio The Italian countryside is punctuated by one of the densest network of small Towns, Borghi and Villages in Europe: what Stefano Boeri referred to as an ‘Archipelago of Borghi’. These can be understood as the physical traces of the peninsula’s articulated political and cultural history. Often bonded, both economically and administratively, to the political center of larger urban nodes, the Italian Borgo negotiated its autonomy by managing, cultivating and monitoring these peripheral territories. What once were vibrant nodes of this cultural network, today most of these agglomerates are afflicted by a shrinking and aging population, a decaying built-environment as well as an ever expanding lack of services and digital infrastructure. This studio takes recent State led initiatives to reinvigorate these territories as a starting point to imagine near-future scenarios of transformation.
London Design Studio Countless artists, photographers and filmmakers have looked at London, at its architecture, its streets, its people, through different media. From the paintings of J.M.W. Turner to the movies of Michelangelo Antonioni, from the installations of Rachel Whiteread to the photographs of Richard Wentworth and the walks of Richard Long, London has been portrayed, analysed and reinvented. We will look at the city through the eyes of others, as a mean to grasp its social, urban and cultural transformations over time and to understand how these different gazes have contributed to shape its form.

These reflections on the relationship between media, architecture and the city will be the departing point for our architectural speculations on the city, with a particular focus on the experimentation of new forms of representation.


Is Italian 101 still a requirement if I were to select the online Florence curriculum? 

No, it will not be required.

Will I receive a refund of the Syracuse Abroad program fee?

Yes. This is a manual process, and the Office of the Bursar will post those refunds as soon as possible. Please allow two weeks for this refund. Additional questions on this can be directed to Syracuse Abroad by contacting

What classes will be offered abroad in Summer 2021?

As of right now, we are planning for Professional Elective options in the UK and Italy for Summer 2021. Brief descriptions of these courses, which consist of 2 PEs, are below. You will enroll in these courses at a later date through Syracuse Abroad.

ESTATES FOR REAL, Designing for Collective Housing in London


ARC 500


6-credit PE

London’s Housing Estates, State funded housing complexes,  have been the backbone of the UK welfare state project in the aftermath of WWII. Today, as London faces the most dramatic housing crisis since the post war era, the Housing Estates provide an exceptionally rich place to understand the complexity of the issues at stake and imagine articulated visions for the future of dwelling. Estates For Real is an intense and ambitious design inquiry in the complexity of Housing Estates regeneration. Students will dive into the multiple aspects and scales of the question with the support of a multidisciplinary network of world leading professionals based in London. Architects, planners, engineers, artists, local associations, and other figures with direct experience and knowledge of the issue, will guide the students in the development of a research project for a real case study in London. The multidisciplinary approach will allow students from different areas of knowledge, with a strong interest in understanding the impact of architecture on the city and on social relationships, to participate to the course.

Venice Architecture Biennale


ARC 500


6-credit PE

Every two years, the Venice Architecture Biennale gathers the world’s leading architects, intellectuals, planners, environmentalists, academics, theorists, historians and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues in global design culture. The rescheduled 2020 Biennale seeks to explore the problems of social connectedness and political discord in the world today.  Students will spend two weeks in Venice studying the exhibition in detail and have a chance to interact with architects through formal and informal events, including a series of discussions and workshops organized by the instructor. Students in this course will be tasked with producing their own contemporary graphic manifesto that collages projects from the Biennale into a new urban, architectural, and territorial model for “living together” in the 21st century.


Are the summer abroad classes only offered to those who would’ve gone abroad in the Fall 2020 semester?

Summer abroad classes are not exclusively available to students who would have gone abroad in the Fall 2020 semester, but we recognize the disappointment for those students who were planning for an opportunity to study in Europe (Spring 2020 and Fall 2020) and will offer them priority registration for those classes. We also recognize we may need to expand our global offerings for Summer 2021.

Students who are residents of China have the option to take Visiting Critic studios in their country. Are there additional VC studios in other countries where a large student count exists?

We considered this option, however there are no other countries with a large enough fourth year student population to support a VC studio.

What kind of additional resources will the School be providing to help support the additional number of students in the building?

We are meeting with faculty, studio coordinators and staff regularly to determine the best ways to use Slocum Hall while maintaining safety protocols and reducing the density in the building.