2 Weeks / Noncredit

Environmental Design/Interior Design

Orientation and move-in is on Saturday, July 29. Last day of classes is Friday, August 11.

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.

All of the School of Design’s programs are housed in The Nancy Cantor Warehouse, Syracuse University’s seven-floor building located in downtown Syracuse. Students are engaged at the Warehouse from 9a.m. – 4 p.m. daily, with an hour break for lunch.  The Warehouse is easily accessible from campus using the Connective Corridor bus.

*Students must be 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date.

Program Costs:

*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

  • Residential: $2,855
  • Commuter: $1,993

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Faculty Bios

Gregory Marinic – Associate Professor, School of Design

Gregory Marinic is program coordinator of environmental and interior design and associate professor in the School of Design. His research and practice are focused on the intersection of architecture, interiors, obsolescence, geography, and adaptive reuse. Marinic previously served on the faculties of Pratt Institute, City University of New York, and Universidad de Monterrey and was also founding director of the interior architecture program at the University of Houston. He is director and co-founder of the New York-based art/architecture/design stewardship organization d3 and principal of Archipelago, a New York- and Syracuse-based trans-disciplinary design practice engaged in research, teaching, and experimentation. His practice has been awarded by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Socio-Design Foundation, ACSA, IJRAA, University of Oklahoma, Sukkahville Toronto, and various chapters of the American Institute of Architects.  Prior to independent practice, Marinic worked in the New York and London offices of Rafael Viño ly Architects and in the New York architecture offices of Gensler, Tsao & McKown, Yoshihara McKee, and ABS/Barbara Skarbinski. His professional portfolio includes AIA and RIBA award-winning work.

A widely published design scholar and researcher, Marinic has served as an editor/associate editor of several international peer-reviewed publications, including Journal of Design Research, International Journal of the Arts in Society, Design Principles and Practices, Journal of Design Education, CITE, IDEC Exchange, AIA Forward Journal, and co-founder of the International Journal of Interior Architecture & Design. His most recent publications include Journal of Architectural Education (Wiley); AD Journal(Wiley); Design Issues (MIT Press); International Journal of Architectural Research (MIT Press); IntAR Journal of Interventions and Adaptive Reuse(RISD); Horizonte (Bauhaus-Weimar); International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design; and various publications of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. In 2016, Marinic will publish the Interior Architecture Theory Reader with Routledge (London).

Marinic holds a master of architecture degree from the University of Maryland and Bachelor of Science degree in Geography/Urban planning from Ohio University. He is a Ph.D. candidate in architecture at Texas A&M University, where his research investigates the impact of globalization and transnational migration on building obsolescence and alternative spatial occupancies.

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.