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Why Our Program?

The contemporary discourse of design is undergoing unprecedented change. Addressing emerging opportunities within the field, the School of Design offers a B.F.A. in environmental and interior design degree (EDI) which enables students to become design leaders and innovators. Design is the focus of undergraduate studies, combining research with making and community advocacy. Historical, ecological, social, and cultural inquiries guide the investigation of alternative strategies for diverse spatial applications.

Guided by a humanistic philosophy, the EDI program endeavors to enhance the social, cognitive, performative potentials of the built environment. Faculty and students support research investigations across expansive parameters of environmental and interior design. The program activates its studio culture through community outreach, environmental stewardship, experimentation, and building. Gaining experience and guidance from a globally-connected faculty, students work together in a supportive and transdisciplinary environment enhanced by a premier digital fabrication facility.

The EDI faculty participates in research, teaching, and professional practice bridging the disciplines of environmental design, interior design, architecture, furniture design, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, fabrication, and emerging technologies. The historic and diverse post-industrial city of Syracuse provides our program with a dynamic urban context, while the larger Great Lakes Megaregion offers a transnational base for cross‐cultural exchange and next-generation innovation. Our downtown academic building—The Nancy Cantor Warehouse—facilitates the EDI program’s ongoing community outreach efforts on the Near West Side. Syracuse and the Warehouse offer students an extraordinary urban laboratory to explore challenges and identify opportunities that are transmutable to cities worldwide.

Mission & Goals

Environmental and Interior Design Program Mission Statement

The EDI program develops curious and critical thinkers who pursue diverse career paths. Immersed in a broad and transdisciplinary educational setting, students thoughtfully engage, challenge, and rethink the built environment by promoting positive change through design in a continually evolving global context.

Environmental and Interior Design Program Goals

The EDI program endeavors to teach students how to become creative problem-solvers and critical thinkers who excel in environmental design by fostering:

  • an openness to new ideas and the ability to question the status quo
  • an understanding that learning is the essential component in problem-solving and a way of life
  • an acknowledgement of the historical, cultural, contextual, psychological, and behavioral impacts of design
  • an awareness of social responsibility, building stewardship, multicultural diversity, and ecology
  • an embrace of advanced visual communication skills for conceptualizing, articulating, describing, and actualizing design projects

Student Achievement Data

Student Achievement Data
Syracuse University
Environmental and Interior Design  2018

The following data was collected using institutional records and survey of graduating students as well as previous years graduating class on year after finishing their degree

Syracuse University Student Enrollment 22,484
Environmental and  Interior Design Total Enrollment 88
Length of Program: 4 years,  120 credit hours . Student typically enrolls in 15 credits per semester
Program established in 1922
Ranked 8th in the nation by Design Intelligence in 2014

Job Placement
50% of May 2018 employment-seeking graduates were employed in interior design by August 2018
Acceptance into Graduate Programs
100% of the 4 students from May 2018 graduating class who applied to graduate school were accepted
Graduation Rates
95% of the students from the class of 2018 graduated in 4 years
100% of students enrolled fall 2017 semester returned Spring 2018

Job Placement
72% of May 2017 of employment-seeking graduates were employed in interior design by May 2018
Acceptance into Graduate Programs
3 students out of  the 18  May 2017 graduates were enrolled in graduate programs by September 2017
Graduation Rates
95%  of the students from the class of 2017 graduated in 4 years
100% of students enrolled Fall 2016 semester returned Spring  2017

Job Placement
68% of May 2016 graduates were employed in interior design  by May  2017
Acceptance into Graduate Programs
3 students out of the  21 May 2016 graduates were enrolled in graduate programs by September 2016
Graduation Rates
97% of the students from the class of 2016 graduated in 4 years
98% of students enrolled fall 2015 semester returned Spring 2016

Firms that have hired our recent graduates:

  • Tandus Centiva, Boston, MA
  • Dawson Design Associate, Seattle WA
  • Array Architects, Washington, DC
  • Gensler, Portland OR
  • EDG Interior Architecture and Design, San Francisco
  • American Museum of Natural History, NY, NY
  • Ratio Architects, Indianapolis, IN
  • TPG Architecture, NY, NY
  • Prentice Office Environments, Buffalo NY
  • Michaelis Boyd Associates, London UK
  • LaBella Associates, P.C., Rochester, NY
  • Whitehall Interiors NY, NY
  • QPK Architects, Syracuse, NY
  • Ashely McGraw Architects, Syracuse, NY
  • KVD+ Architecture, Trenton NJ
  • HLW International LLP, Linden, New Jersey
  • Donghia, NY, NY
  • CBT Archtects, Boston, MA
  • Groupe SMCP, NY, NY
  • Cramer Marketing Studio, Boston, MA
  • White Whale Films, Westport, MA
  • Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype, Inc., Boston, MA
  • DRG Architects, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Kate Spade, NY, NY
  • SFA Design, Los Angeles, CA


The Warehouse

The environmental and interior design program is located on the sixth floor of SU's Nancy Cantor Warehouse, home of the School of Design. The building, located in downtown Syracuse, features professional studio facilities for each design program; two shared computer labs; a printing lab; and Design Works, a fabrication lab.

Learn more about The Warehouse

Visiting Designers

Designer Thom Filicia '93

Throughout the year the environmental and interior design program and the School of Design welcomes numerous nationally and internationally known visiting artists and designers to campus. Spanning the disciplines, these designers, some of whom are alumni, give presentations and lectures and often critique student work. They are a critical component of your artistic growth.

Recent guests have included designers Thom Filicia ’93 and Massimo Vignelli. Filicia worked with the EDI juniors in the spring 2012 semester as a visiting design professor. He developed a project for the class that focused on the specialized market segment in the hospitality industry. He invited the students to his office in New York City, and they toured through one of his projects.