We offer a robust curriculum for upper-level students enrolled in a professional architecture degree program. 

An advanced design studio is the heart of the program. Students also take a history elective and an urban studies course.

Course offerings

Advanced Design Studio (6 credits)
Studio will be taught by a visiting critic or Syracuse faculty member. Topics will focus on contemporary architectural and urban design issues unique to the context of New York City.

History / Theory Elective (3 credits)
Taught by an architectural historian/urban theorist, this elective pairs content with the NYC immersive experience.

NYC Urban Studies Course (3 credits)
This field studies course provides opportunity for on-site study of buildings, parks, and urban ensembles that are unique to the city. Insider tours to major historic and contemporary buildings, Central and Prospect Park, museums such as the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan, and off-the-beaten sites, such as the Panorama of New York and Forest Hills Gardens, are intended to provide a broad and detailed view of New York’s rich urban/architectural history. 

Integral Elements

Museum Outings
Additional programming opportunities include visits to reviews at area architecture schools such as The Cooper Union, Parsons School of Design, and Columbia University. In addition to the academic programming, students will have access to lecture series at the Architecture League (all students receive memberships), The Center for Architecture, and DIA, as well as exhibitions at museum and galleries such as Storefront for Art and Architecture, Max Protech, Frederica Taylor, Skyscraper Museum, MoMA, XO projects, and the New Museum. 

Field trips 
Each term, field trips are organized to allow the students an immersive experience of the city. Past field trips have included private tours of the Woolworth, Bank of America, and Chrysler buildings; a trip around Manhattan by boat, helicopter tours, Phillip Johnson’s Tent of Tomorrow, and projects in the city which are under construction 

Brown Bag Lunches 
Each semester, a brown bag lunch series provides students the opportunity to meet informally with New York City practioners in their offices. Past lunches have been with Peter Eisenman, Toshiko Mori, Billie Tsien, Rick Cook, and David Rockwell. 

The NYC program offers its own lecture series out of the facilty at 171 Madison. These lectures are focused on giving the students direct discussion with New York City practioners about their work. Past lectures include guests such as Bjarke Ingels, BIG; Joshua Prince-Ramus, REX; Florian Idenburg, SO-IL; Hilary Sample, MOS; Shohei Shigumatsu, OMA; Eva Franch, Storefront; Dan Wood, WORKac; Daniel D’Oca, and Interboro.