Program Overview

The Environmental & Interior Design Summer College Program at Syracuse University introduces high school students to design principles and methods focused on the built environment. Through the exploration of the art and architecture of environmental design, students learn about the expanding practices of interior architecture, interior design, and spatial design. This studio uses the city as a laboratory to investigate the historical, cultural, and behavioral impacts of design.

Students work closely with faculty to develop research, ideation, iteration, and making skills within a broader context. Individual exercises engage form, space, time, and movement in a project developed through a structured conceptual process. Field documentation, drawing, diagramming, and model-making are supplemented by group discussions of contemporary issues impacting the built environment. Projects include both two- and three-dimensional works employing line, shape, color, texture, and space essential for college admissions portfolios intended for a range of design disciplines.

This class is currently limited to 18 students.

I learned the difference between design and engineering in this program. After doing this course, I discovered that I want to pursue a career that is more design-based than engineering-based. I also got a better understanding of the different jobs relating to building design and the different undergraduate and graduate degrees that one can get in college.   -Summer College Environmental and Interior Design student, 2018

Program Objectives

  • Improve awareness in the environmental design and interior design
  • Expand and improve your design portfolio for college application
  • Improve your design skills in both 2D and 3D works
  • Experience the Environmental and Interior Design program at entry level

Learn more about Environmental and Interior Design:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bio

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session III: July 27 – August 9, 2019
Duration: 2-weeks


Credit: Noncredit
Grading System: Pass/Fail

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Cost:

  • Residential: $3,360*
  • Commuter: $2,566*

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

Students are expected to have high energy, an open mind, and be ready to see and examine environment with a new perspective!

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students are typically in class from 9:00am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday for the duration of two-weeks.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

End Event

A final poster session will occur on the last day of class, Friday, August 9. Students will perform a presentation of their design. Families are welcome to attend! The final presentation is typically between 10:00am-12:00pm.

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to depart upon the completion of the end event on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 4:30pm. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bio

Seyeon Lee, PhD – Instructor, School of Design

Seyeon Lee is an instructor in the School of Design. Prior to joining Syracuse University, Lee taught foundation design studios at the Texas A&M University School of Architecture. Before entering academia, she worked as an architectural and interior designer and project manager in the offices of Clifford Planning and Architecture (Hawaii) and MG2 (Seattle) for over fourteen years. Lee’s professional portfolio includes residential, commercial, retail, hospitality, and urban planning projects in the United States, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. She is a NCIDQ certified interior designer and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Lee holds a bachelor in environmental design and a master of architecture from Montana State University and a Ph.D. in architecture from Texas A&M University. Her Ph.D. research focused on developing instructional strategies to improve and strengthen design education with learning objectives that include cost as an integral design determinant. Her research interests engage community architecture with an emphasis on sustainable and affordable architectural design and planning with a special focus on housing affordability.