Alumnus Enoch Chow (BArch '12) shows second-year graduate students at USC Architecture how to use the new virtual reality equipment he recently gifted to the school. Several architecture and building science courses have already incorporated the new technology into their classes. Photo by Enoch Chow at Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects.
The USC School of Architecture offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education in architecture and architectural studies, landscape architecture, heritage conservation and building science. Its faculty is active in professional practice, in design research, in the supervision of programs at the Gamble House and Freeman House and in extended professional education.
Work in the school is conducted in an intellectual climate, which promotes inquiry, introduces principles and values and teaches the disciplines necessary to work in collaboration with other professionals to develop design and research excellence.
The school is located in the center of Los Angeles, the second largest urban region in the country, which offers a unique understanding of 21st century growth and change. In such an environment the possibilities for teaching and learning are extraordinary.
The school is highly selective in its admissions and enjoys the strong support of alumni and the professions it serves. The opportunity exists for students to have close contact with faculty, other students and practicing architects.
An architecture curriculum was initiated at USC in 1914. In 1919, a Department of Architecture was created and a separate School of Architecture was organized in 1925. The school shares Watt and Harris Halls with the USC Roski School of Art and Design and the Fisher Museum of Art.
USC School of Architecture
Watt Hall 204
FAX: (213) 740-8884
Milton S. F. Curry, MArch, Dean
Douglas E. Noble, PhD, Chair, PhD Program, Discipline Head, Chase L. Leavitt Graduate Program of Building Science
Trudi Sandmeier, MA, Discipline Head of Heritage Conservation Programs
Alison Hirsch, PhD, Discipline Head of Landscape Architecture Programs
Wesley Jones, MArch, Director, Graduate Architecture Programs, Discipline Head of Architecture Programs
Hadrian Predock, MArch, Director, Undergraduate Architecture Programs
Della and Harry MacDonald Dean's Chair in Architecture: Milton S. F. Curry, MArch
Judge Widney Professor of Architecture: Frank O. Gehry, FAIA, MArch
Professors: Kim Coleman, MArch; Diane Ghirardo, PhD; Qingyun Ma, MArch; John V. Mutlow, MArch (UD); Victor Regnier, MArch*; Goetz Schierle, PhD; Marc Schiler, MS, ArchSci; James Steele, PhD; John Wilson, PhD
Associate Professors: Kenneth Breisch, PhD; Joon-Ho Choi, PhD; Vittoria Di Palma, PhD; Alison Hirsch, PhD; Alvin Huang, MArch; Charles Lagreco, MFA (Arch); Graeme M. Morland, DiplArch; Amy Murphy, PhD; Douglas E. Noble, PhD; Alex Robinson, MLArch; Doris Sung, MArch
Assistant Professors: Yolande Daniels, MArch; Sascha Delz, DSc; Aroussiak Gabrielian, PhD; Kyle Konis, PhD; Faiza Moatasim, PhD; Ginger Nolan, PhD; José Sanchez, MArch; Bhavna Sharma, PhD
Professors of the Practice of Architecture: Wesley Jones, MArch; Karen M. Kensek, MArch; Gary Paige, BArch
Associate Professors of the Practice of Architecture: Valery Augustin, MArch; Yo-ichiro Hakomori, PhD; Esther Margulies, MLArch; Lauren Matchison, MArch; Scott Mitchell, MArch; Lee Olvera, MArch; Hadrian Predock, MArch; Trudi Sandmeier, MA; Selwyn Ting, MArch; Olivier Touraine, Dipl Ing (Arch)
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Architecture: Geoffrey von Oeyen, MArch
Adjunct Professors: Michael Arden, MA; Peyton Hall, MED; Mia Lehrer, MLArch; David C. Martin, MArch; Lorcan O'Herlihy, MArch; Lawrence Scarpa, MArch; Warren Techentin, MArch; Patrick Tighe, MArch; Roland Wahlroos-Ritter, Dipl Ing
Adjunct Associate Professors: Tigran Ayrapetyan, MS; Vinayak Bharne, MArch; Mina Mei-Szu Chow, MArch; Mario Cipresso, MArch; Lauren Dandridge Gaines, BS; John Dutton, MArch; Miller Fong, BAArch; Sophia Gruzdys, MArch; T. Jeff Guh, PhD; Eric Haas, MArch; Jerry Hastings, BS; Michael Hricak, MArch; Rob Ley, MArch; Jennifer Siegal, MArch
Adjunct Assistant Professors: Rob Berry, MArch; Laurel Broughton, MArch; Victoria Coaloa, MArch; Janek Dombrowa, BS (Arch); Andy Ku, MArch; Lisa Little, MArch; Aaron Neubert, MArch; Eric Nulman, MArch; Susanna Seierup, MArch; Brian Tichenor, MLArch; Scott Uriu, BArch
Lecturers: Myrna Ayoub, MArch; Victoria Turkel Behner, PhD; Nathan Bishop, MArch; Biayna Bogosian, MS (Arch); Justin Brechtel, MS (Arch); Denise Buchanan, MLArch; Mary Casper, MArch; Rebecca Choi, MA; Erin Cuevas, MArch; James Diewald, MArch; Meredith Drake Reitan, PhD; Steven Ehrlich, MArch; Michael Ellars, BArch; Maria Esnaola, MArch; Gary Fox, MA; John Frane, MArch; David Gerber, DDes; Joanna Grant, MArch; Lauren Hamer, MLArch; Anna Hermann, MArch; Kathryn Horak, MHP; Christof Janzten, MArch; Erin Kasimow, MArch; Alfie Koetter, MArch; John Lesak, MArch; Lauren Lynn, MArch; Elizabeth Mahlow, BS; Anthony Morey, MA; Michael Patterson, PhD; Jay Platt, MS; Farnoosh Rafaie, MArch; Mary Ringhoff, MA; Marcos Sánchez, MArch; Kris Sandheinrich, MFA; Lee Schneider; Santosh Shahi, PhD; Brendan Shea, MArch; John Southern, MArch; Takako Tajima, MLArch; Ben Tamuno-Koko, MArch; Madhu Thangavelu, MBS; Elizabeth Valmont, PhD; Luciana Varkulja, MS (Arch); Sandra Yum, MArch; Yaohua Wang, MArch; Peter Zellner, MArch
Emeritus Professors: James Ambrose, MS; Frank Dimster, MArch; Robert S. Harris, MFA (Arch); Ralph Knowles, MArch*; Roger Sherwood, MSArch, MCRP
*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.
The School of Architecture offers curricula leading to the following degrees.
Bachelor of Architecture: a five-year undergraduate accredited professional degree program.
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies: a four-year undergraduate non-professional architectural studies degree program providing specialization in related fields and an alternative path to graduate studies in architecture and other design fields.
Minor in Architecture: provides the flexibility of complementing a student's major with an area of specialization. Not available for architecture majors.
Minor in Landscape Architecture: provides students with the ability to integrate the natural and cultural profession of landscape architecture into their course of study. Not available for architecture majors.
Master of Advanced Architectural Studies: a 48-unit, three-semester program for students who hold a first professional degree from an accredited school of architecture.
Master of Architecture: a 102-unit, three-year accredited degree for students who have completed a bachelor's degree with a major other than one of the design professions; a 64-unit, two-year accredited degree for students holding a pre-professional degree with a major in architecture.
Master of Heritage Conservation: a 48-unit program designed to prepare individuals for work in heritage conservation and its allied disciplines, including architecture, urban planning, cultural resource management, real estate development, construction and materials conservation.
Master of Landscape Architecture: a 96-unit, six-semester curriculum for students with no prior degree in architecture, landscape architecture or environmental design; a 64-unit, four-semester curriculum for students who hold a first non-accredited degree in architecture, landscape architecture or environmental design.
Master of Building Science: a 48-unit, two-year program for applicants who hold an architecture, engineering or science-related degree (e.g., Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Environmental Studies, Physics or Mathematics). Students with five-year professional degrees in architecture and a minimum of five years of experience may be given advanced standing.
Dual Degree in Advanced Architectural Studies and Urban Planning: a 72-unit program leading to the post-professional Master of Architecture and the Master of Urban Planning degrees. Admission to both degree programs is required.
Dual Degree in Heritage Conservation and Urban Planning: a 60-unit program leading to the Master of Heritage Conservation and Master of Urban Planning degrees. Admission to both degree programs is required.
Dual Degree in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning: a 84- or 110-unit program leading to the Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Urban Planning degrees. Admission to both degree programs is required.
Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture: This program is designed to prepare individuals for university level teaching and professional research and for leadership positions in industry and professional architectural practice.
Certificate in Architecture: The focus of this program is on understanding the broad and complex role of architecture within the urban and cultural context. Studies focus on cities and architecture throughout the world where conditions of increasing density, environmental challenges and cultural complexity require design initiatives that support amenity, sustainability and cultural meaning. The certificate is open to graduate students not pursuing a Master of Architecture degree.
Certificate in Building Science: This program is intended as a supplementary credential for students enrolled in graduate course work in architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, urban planning or related disciplines, and also for practicing design and planning professionals with undergraduate or graduate degrees and related experience.
Certificate in Heritage Conservation: This program is for those who wish to augment their current work in heritage conservation, and for graduate students who wish to obtain a complementary specialization in conjunction with their degree.
Certificate in Landscape Architecture: This program provides an opportunity for professionals and graduate students to develop understandings and skills related to the basic subjects inherent in the field of landscape architecture.
Certificate in Sustainable Design: This certificate provides students with the tools necessary to understand and quantify sources of energy use in buildings and landscapes and to use design of natural and man-made systems to reduce their energy use. Environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions will be explored through the course work.
National Architecture Accrediting Board Statement
In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The University of Southern California School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
Bachelor of Architecture (160 undergraduate credits)
Master of Architecture (pre-professional degree + 64 graduate credits)
Master of Architecture (non-professional degree + 102 graduate credits)
Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2022
Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure Initiative
The USC School of Architecture is one of the initial 14 accredited architecture schools in the United States accepted to participate in the National Council of Architectural Registration Board's (NCARB) Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure Initiative (IPAL). IPAL monitors and provides support for obtaining architectural registration in designated professional accredited programs with an integrated approach to Architectural Experience Programs (AXP) and Architectural Registration Exam requirements required for licensure.
Participation in the IPAL program does not change any of the existing professional degree requirements. With guidance and support, both BArch and MArch students at the USC School of Architecture will be encouraged to take advantage of the increased access to state and national licensure examinations concurrent with enrollment in their degree studies. The programs will provide support and encourage architectural experience in the professional community, which will allow the opportunity to significantly reduce the amount of time necessary to become a licensed architect while increasing the awareness and interaction between professional and academic experiences.
National Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board Statement
The USC Master of Landscape Architecture first professional curricula (three-year and two-year curricula) are accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB). The LAAB conditions of accreditation (including the student performance criteria) are posted on the ASLA Website, asla.org/AccreditationLAAB.aspx. The last review in November 2017 was completed successfully and we were granted the maximum renewal until December 2022.
Exploration of Architecture Summer Program for High School Students
The School of Architecture offers two- and four-week programs for high school students (must have completed ninth grade by the start of the program) who have no previous experience but are interested in architecture. The program, which began in 1983, is particularly rewarding for students who are contemplating a career in architecture. However, all students find the exposure to the unique problem-solving methodologies of architecture a benefit regardless of their final career choice. Living on campus in a USC residence hall, high school students experience what it is like to be a university student. They participate in studio classes with professional critics and present their ideas in reviews attended by parents and friends.
The program also exposes them, through case studies, sketching exercises and field trips, to some of the most dramatic and impressive historical and modern architecture of Los Angeles. International students have especially appreciated the opportunity to pursue this summer program of study that is not highly dependent on English language skills.
Obtain program details by visiting the School of Architecture Website or by calling (800) 281-8616.
The Building Science Program in Civil Engineering
The Sonny Astani Department of Civil Engineering offers an undergraduate program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, with an emphasis in building science. The curriculum includes most of the work which is required for the major in structures, plus 30 units in architectural studies offered by the School of Architecture. See the USC Viterbi School of Engineering , Civil Engineering section of this catalogue for further information.
All courses must be taken in sequential order, a before b.
- • ARCH 530 Landscape Architecture Practice
- • ARCH 531 The Natural Landscape
- • ARCH 532 Elements of the Urban Landscape
- • ARCH 533 Urban Landscape Case Studies
- • ARCH 534 Landscape Construction: Topographic Design
- • ARCH 535 Landscape Construction: Performance Approaches
- • ARCH 536 The Landscape Planning Process
- • ARCH 537 Urban Plant Ecology: Environmental Perspectives
- • ARCH 538L Urban Plant Ecology: Cultural Perspectives
- • ARCH 539L Media for Landscape Architecture
- • ARCH 540 Topics in Media for Landscape Architecture
- • ARCH 541aL Landscape Architecture Design
- • ARCH 541bL Landscape Architecture Design
- • ARCH 542aL Landscape Architecture Design
- • ARCH 542bL Landscape Architecture Design
- • ARCH 543 Research Methods
- • ARCH 544 Urban Landscape: Process and Place
- • ARCH 545 Urban Landscape: Contemporary History and Prospect
- • ARCH 546 Topics in Landscape Architecture: Issues and Practices
- • ARCH 547 Urban Nature
- • ARCH 548 Media for Landscape Architecture: 3D Design
- • ARCH 549 Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation
- • ARCH 550 Heritage Conservation Policy and Planning
- • ARCH 551 Conservation Methods and Materials
- • ARCH 552 Introduction to Historic Site Documentation
- • ARCH 553 History of American Architecture and Urbanism
- • ARCH 554 Heritage Conservation Practicum — Advanced Documentation
- • ARCH 555 Global Perspectives in Heritage Conservation
- • ARCH 556 Readings in Heritage Conservation Theory
- • ARCH 557 Sustainable Conservation of the Historic Built Environment
- • ARCH 558 Fundamentals of Place-Making
- • ARCH 560 A History of Architectural Theory: 1400-1914
- • ARCH 561 Urbanism Themes and Case Studies
- • ARCH 562 Architecture Themes and Case Studies
- • ARCH 563 Contemporary Architectural Theory
- • ARCH 564 Descriptive and Computational Architectural Geometry
- • ARCH 565 Global History of Landscape Architecture
- • ARCH 566 Cross Cultural Topics in Landscape Architecture History
- • ARCH 567L Landscape Architecture Vertical Workshop and Debate Series
- • ARCH 573 Seismic Design
- • ARCH 574 Parametric Design
- • ARCH 575a Systems
- • ARCH 575b Systems
- • ARCH 576 Sustainable Design for Healthy Indoor Environments
- • ARCH 577L Lighting Design
- • ARCH 579 Sustainable Building and Environment using LEED Metrics
- • ARCH 580L Field Studies
- • ARCH 581 Techniques in Digital Fabrication
- • ARCH 585 Visual Storytelling and Entrepreneurship in Media
- • ARCH 586 City Cine: Visuality, Media and Urban Experience
- • ARCH 588 Physical Computing: Linking Architectural Computing with the Physical World
- • ARCH 590 Directed Research
- • ARCH 596 Building Science Thesis Preparation
- • ARCH 599 Special Topics
- • ARCH 605zL Graduate Architecture Design II
- • ARCH 605aL Graduate Architecture Design II
- • ARCH 605bL Graduate Architecture Design II
- • ARCH 606 Advanced Architectural Theory
- • ARCH 607 Advanced Computation
- • ARCH 608 Urban Theory: Los Angeles Case Study
- • ARCH 609 Advanced Fabrication
- • ARCH 610L Advanced Graduate Architecture Design
- • ARCH 611 Advanced Building Systems Integration
- • ARCH 613L Seminar: Structures Research
- • ARCH 614 Contemporary Issues in Architecture: A Critical Dialectic
- • ARCH 615L Seminar: Environmental Systems Research
- • ARCH 635 Landscape Construction: Assembly and Documentation
- • ARCH 642L Landscape Architecture Design
- • ARCH 690aL Directed Research
- • ARCH 690bL Directed Research
- • ARCH 691a Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis
- • ARCH 691b Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis
- • ARCH 691z Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis
- • ARCH 692aL Building Science Thesis
- • ARCH 692bL Building Science Thesis
- • ARCH 692zL Building Science Thesis
- • ARCH 693aL M.Arch. Thesis, Option I
- • ARCH 693bL M.Arch. Thesis, Option I
- • ARCH 693zL M.Arch. Thesis, Option I
- • ARCH 694 Research Publication Methods for Building Science
- • ARCH 695aL M.Arch. Thesis, Option II
- • ARCH 695bL M.Arch. Thesis, Option II
- • ARCH 695zL M.Arch. Thesis, Option II
- • ARCH 696a Building Science Thesis
- • ARCH 696b Building Science Thesis
- • ARCH 696c Building Science Thesis
- • ARCH 696zL Building Science Thesis
- • ARCH 697aL MLArch Thesis, Option II
- • ARCH 697bL MLArch Thesis, Option II
- • ARCH 697zL MLArch Thesis, Option II
- • ARCH 698aL MLArch Thesis
- • ARCH 698bL MLArch Thesis
- • ARCH 698zL MLArch Thesis, Option I
- • ARCH 702L Advanced Graduate Architecture Design – Themes
- • ARCH 705L Advanced Graduate Architecture Design – Topics
- • ARCH 790 Doctoral Research
- • ARCH 791 Proposal for Doctoral Dissertation
- • ARCH 793aL Architecture Directed Design Research Option I
- • ARCH 793bL Architecture Directed Design Research Option I
- • ARCH 793z Architecture Directed Design Research Option I