Design main office
The Warehouse, Syracuse University
350 W. Fayette St., Syracuse NY 13202

James Fathers, Chair
jwfather@syr.edu, 315.443.2455, 1st floor

Linda Ferguson, Office Manager
lifergus@syr.edu, 315.443.2455
Carlota Deseda, Student Affairs
chdeseda@syr.edu, 315.443.4098
Suzanne Bartlett, Financial Affairs
sbartlet@syr.edu, 315.443.4644

Communications Design 
Robert Cooney, program coordinator
racooney@syr.edu, 315.443.9192, 3rd floor

Environmental and Interior Design 
Sarah Redmore, program coordinator
sgremor@syr.edu, 315.443.2455, 6th floor

Fashion Design 
Todd Conover, program coordinator
tdconove@syr.edu, 315.443.4644, 7th floor 

Industrial & Interaction Design
Jonathan Mills, program coordinator
jemill06@syr.edu; 315.443.2455 

M.F.A. in Collaborative Design
Donald Carr, program coordinator
dwcarr@syr.edu, 315.443.4098

Graduate Program in Museum Studies 
Edward A. Aiken, director
eaaiken@syr.edu, 315.443.4098 

About Us

The Department of Design is an inquisitive and intelligent community of students and faculty that addresses first hand the issues of the world around it. We take pride in our professionally oriented programs, many of which are top-ranked in the United States and have a long history at Syracuse University. Concern for sustainable design practices, social issues, and excellence in professional practice forms the core of our programs.

Our faculty are active professionals who practice in their fields while they teach. They are dedicated to ensuring that you reach your potential and give you one-on-one instruction in your studio classes.

Our department maintains a special relationship with the Syracuse community through the activities of our various student groups (including chapters of professional design organizations) that continually work on projects with not-for-profit agencies as well as funded research design collaborations. All design programs are housed in The Warehouse, SU’s newly renovated building in downtown Syracuse that allows our students and faculty to benefit from a city atmosphere and interactions with local design firms. Take a video tour of The Warehouse.

We also encourage our students to reach beyond the local community and study abroad at one of the University’s many international centers, including Florence, Italy, and London, England.

Integral to our curricula are opportunities to acquire career development skills critical for professional designers. Professional practices are addressed in many of our courses, while visiting and resident designers provide unique insight into their respective disciplines. Internships provide invaluable experience in a real-world setting. Undergraduate students may choose to minor in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises, which is offered through SU's Martin J. Whitman School of Management and includes coursework in essential business tools.

Design students present their portfolios each spring at events held at Lubin House, SU’s satellite location in New York City. Fashion design majors present their senior collections at the annual on-campus fashion show and may have their collections selected for the annual New York City fashion show.

We have recently revised policies that pertain to current design students, faculty, and staff. For more information, please click here.