Program Overview


There are two sessions of this program offered: 3-Week Session I (June 29 – July 17) and 3-Week Session II (July 20 – August 7). These sessions are the exact same program, but with different dates. 

Read about the Summer College 2020 Architecture online program here.

The Summer College Architecture program offers a unique experience that is based upon a fundamental, conceptual introduction to architecture. Students are taught spatial definition, form, and spatial relationships, leading up to a final project that asks students to design a small pavilion in downtown Syracuse. To support these endeavors, Architecture faculty will teach physical model making, mechanical drafting, digital modeling in Rhino, digital visualization in V-Ray, digital illustration in Adobe Illustrator, and digital image editing in Adobe Photoshop.

The Summer College Architecture program is one of Syracuse University’s most popular summer programs. Summer College students gain an understanding of the culture and practice of architecture through drawing and modeling exercises, design projects, lectures, virtual tours, and discussions on a variety of contemporary and historical topics. This program can help students decide whether to pursue a degree in architecture or a related field. If a student discovers that architecture is for them, they will have a head start!

The Summer College Architecture Program is taught by Syracuse University School of Architecture faculty and is structured to give students an opportunity to complete projects that can be included in an architecture program application portfolio.

Program Objectives

  • Develop fundamental skill sets architectural design
  • Learn a variety drawing and physical modeling techniques
  • Be introduced to practicing architects
  • Explore digital design and representation software
  • Develop projects for display in a portfolio
  • Experience a rigorous college architecture course

Learn more about the Architecture Program:

Program Dates, Times & Details   Eligibility Requirements   Program Cost   Program & Technology Requirements   Typical Day   Faculty Bios & Office Hours

Program Dates, Times & Details

Session Dates

Choose from 3-Week Session I or 3-Week Session II!

3-Week Session I: June 29 – July 17, 2020
Duration: 3 weeks
Live (Synchronous) Session Times: MTWThF, 11:00am-1:30pm EST

3-Week Session II: July 20 – August 7, 2020
Duration: 3 weeks
Live (Synchronous) Session Times: MTWThF, 11:00am-1:30pm EST

*Each session is the same program, only the dates are different. 


Credit: 3 credits
Grading System: A-F

Class Size

Class size is dependent on the number of enrolled students and the program capacity. Please email Summer College if you would like to know the number of students in this program.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be of rising junior or senior status or a 2020 high school graduate. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Cost:

  • Online ONLY: $3,085

*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.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Requirements

Technology Requirements

  • Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and mouse
  • Headset with microphone
  • Reliable internet access
  • A list of trial and free full versions of applicable software, including Rhino, V-Ray, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop will be shared and able to be downloaded prior to or at the beginning of the program.

If you have any questions about technology requirements, please email the Summer College office

Required Supplies

A kit of model making materials and drawing and model making supplies will be mailed to each student prior to the beginning of the program. Model making materials include basswood, foam core, and museum board. Supplies include pencils, erasers, rulers, an X-acto knife, glue, and colored tape.

Student Expectations

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly design assignments and actively participate in discussions. Students are expected to attend all synchronous classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students must report to their virtual synchronous class via videoconferencing MTWThF, 11:00am – 1:30pm EST. Synchronous sessions will include drawing and model making demonstrations, lectures, digital design software tutorials, reading discussions, virtual office tours, virtual museum tour discussions, student presentations, and student design project evaluations with guest critics.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College virtual activities to meet and connect with other students across the world. Check out our Virtual Events and Activities page for more information!

Virtual End Event

We will conclude with a virtual exhibition of student work and complementary conversation with invited critics.

Faculty Bios

Kyle Miller – Assistant Professor Syracuse University School of Architecture

Kyle Miller is an assistant professor at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, co-founder of Possible Mediums, and Fellow (‘19) of the MacDowell Colony. His design research has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and has been included in the AIA Emerging Professionals Exhibition and shown at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles, Harvard GSD, and Yale School of Architecture. Miller’s writing has been published in Monu, Pidgin, Project, Offramp, PLAT, Room One Thousand, and the Journal for Architectural Education. He previously taught at the University of Kentucky College of Design and the University of California – Los Angeles Department of Architecture and Urban Design, and worked professionally in Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and for Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos with UNStudio in Amsterdam. Miller is a graduate of the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the University of California – Los Angeles Department of Architecture and Urban Design, where he earned his professional degree and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate.

Office Hours

Virtual office hours are offered by appointment.