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

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.

Sarah Gillen Redmore – Assistant Professor, School of Design

Sarah Gillen Redmore’s career has been a combination of professional practice and teaching. She graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in interior design (1990), followed by a BA in psychology from SUNY Oswego (1996), and an MBA at SU’s Whitman School of Management (2015).  Redmore’s professional career encompassed a wide variety of projects focused on commercial interior design, specializing in healthcare, education, and corporate market segments. In 2004 she began teaching at SU and developed a strong professional practice component to the curriculum. She brings together her passion for business, psychology, and design in her teaching and is presently exploring socially responsible design focused on gerontology and accessibility. Highlights of Redmore’s teaching career include taking students to Asia to participate in a six-week workshop at Hong Kong Polytechnic University that concentrated on design for the aging population. She collaborated with alumni to get students involved in the interior design of a school in an economically disadvantaged village in Guatemala. She found funding for those students to visit Guatemala so they could see their project and conduct a post-occupancy study.