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Syracuse Architecture program ranked second in U.S.

November 18, 2009

Elaine Wackerow
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The Syracuse University School of Architecture undergraduate program has been ranked #2 in the nation by DesignIntelligence, the bimonthly journal of the Design Futures Council. The annual rankings are based on a professional practice survey completed by leading architecture and design firms, as well as responses from architecture students regarding the quality of their education.

“The degree to which young architects are prepared to interact broadly with the world and translate new ideas requires both disciplinary expertise and intellectual agility and creativity. The Syracuse Architecture curriculum has evolved to reflect advances in technology, digital representation, sustainability and new thinking in urban design,” says Mark Robbins, dean of the school.

Recent initiatives at the school include:

  • the launch of Syracuse Architecture New York City, complementing the school’s successful Florence and London global campus programs;
  • the school’s first design-build studio, resulting in the construction of Link House, a cost-effective, energy-efficient single-family home in Syracuse’s Near Westside neighborhood;
  • UPSTATE: studios and lecture series and other programming, allowing students to engage in challenges related to problems and promises of the rust belt city, including the “From the Ground Up: Innovative Green Homes” international housing design competition; and 
  • collaboration with the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems on green technology and sustainability research.

Syracuse University School of Architecture is the fourth-oldest program in the United States and is consistently rated among the top architecture schools in the country. For more information about the School visit

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