Course Overview

The Summer College Architecture course offers a unique experience that is based upon a fundamental, conceptual introduction to architecture. High school students in this summer STEM course 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.

This is one of Syracuse University’s most popular pre-college courses. High school 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.

Read about the Summer College Online 2020 Architecture course here.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University credit transcript.

Course Objectives

  • Develop fundamental skill sets of architectural design
  • Learn a variety of 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

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: ARC 100

Format: Online

Eligibility: Students must be of rising junior or senior status or a 2022 high school graduate.

Credit: 3 credits

Grading: A-F

Cost: $2,985
Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.


Program Information

Summer College – Online: Explore college life before stepping foot on campus! High school students can enroll in a college-level course, pursue their academic interests, and meet likeminded students in daily virtual events and activities.


Syracuse University Summer College precollege architecture student

“It allowed me to experience and take a deep dive into architecture in ways I did not know existed. It was exhilarating to discover the fundamentals of all architecture and how structures are broken down.”

— Henry F., Summer College – Online Architecture Student, 2020

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesSynchronous Class Time
(Eastern Time)
Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – Online 3-Week Session I: Tuesday, July 5 – Thursday, July 21, 2022MTWTh*;
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.,
4:30 – 6 p.m.
3 creditsClosed
Summer College – Online3-Week Session II: Monday, July 25 – Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022 MTWTh;
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.,
4:30 – 6 p.m.
3 creditsClosed
Each session is the same course, only the dates are different. Class times subject to change.
*July 4 is an observed holiday and students will have class on Friday, July 8 and then all subsequent synchronous class will run according to the schedule above.

Course Requirements

Technology Requirements

  • Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and mouse
  • Reliable internet access
  • A space conducive to taking an online class (without distractions)
  • 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 Office of Pre-College Programs.

Required Supplies

Students will purchase their Architecture supplies through the Syracuse University Campus Store, which will be shipped to their home. The estimated cost of the kit is $175. You can purchase the Architecture Kit here.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students must report to their virtual synchronous class via videoconferencing Monday through Thursday. 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 Campus Experience page for more information!

Virtual End Event

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

Faculty Bios

Session I Faculty Bio

Matthew Ragazzo

Matthew Ragazzo is a designer and researcher with an interest in material compositions, American construction culture, and ideas operating at the periphery of the discipline. He joined the Syracuse University School of Architecture faculty in Fall 2021 where he teaches first-year undergraduate design studio.

Prior to Syracuse University, Matthew taught as a teaching assistant at Rice University School of Architecture in the history and theory sequence. He has worked at design firms including MG&Co., Koning Eizenberg Architects, and Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects. He also worked at The Architectural League of New York, working on the League’s live programming and competitions. Currently, Matthew is implementing a competition-winning design for prototypical covered bike parking on Rice University’s campus.

He has worked in various capacities for publications. He assisted Reto Geiser on a forthcoming publication on the future of architectural curation and exhibition making; was Managing Editor of Young Architects 17: Authenticity and Young Architects 18: (im)permanence, publications of the Architectural League; and served as Development Director of PLAT, which received Graham Foundation funding and won Honorable Mention for the AIA’s Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals under his direction.

Matthew received his Master of Architecture at Rice University and his Bachelor of Science in Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a Carolina Undergraduate Health Fellowship.

Session II Faculty Bio

Emily Pellicano

Emily Pellicano’s academic background spans three architectural disciplines, from landscape architecture to architecture and interior design. Emily is an alumni of the Syracuse University School of Architecture graduate program, receiving her Master of Architecture I, following her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from The Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts and after nearly 20 years of teaching and practicing architecture and interior design, Emily recently graduated with distinction from the Southern California Institute of Architecture with a Master of Science in Synthetic Landscapes. 

Emily has taught architectural and interior design courses at Syracuse University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Marywood University, with a focus on core curriculum design studios and electives in representation, drawing and color.

Emily’s recent work engages machine learning in the architectural disciplines, specifically in developing synthetic ways of seeing and imaging the built environment that are congruent with contemporary modes of social, economic and computational media such as video game and blockchain technologies.


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