Apr 24, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Architecture and Inventive Technologies (BS)

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Technology and innovation are becoming increasingly important in the field of architecture and new technological developments have the potential to enable a built environment that is much more sustainable, socially responsible and resilient than it is today. Rather than training students to follow the traditional model of client-based professional services, students will learn to be leaders who develop innovative architectural products, an architecture-related field that is underrepresented but growing. This program will look at architecture and the architectural market through a lens of entrepreneurship as students develop critical thinking skills to address the wicked problems of the 21st century, such as climate change, social justice, health and wellness, and our increasingly virtual world. Students will be taught to think about the problems related to architecture and the built environment in more product-oriented or service-related (i.e. construction/assembly methods, manufacturing, delivery, life-cycle, digital apps) ways. 


Nine units of electives are required, to be chosen from the School of Architecture; Iovine and Young Academy, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Science, Roski School of Art and Design, or the Price School of Public Policy. Elective classes must be approved by the School of Architecture Academic Adviser.

Free Electives

Ten units of free electives are required, which may be chosen from across the university.

General Education Requirements

The university’s general education program provides a coherent, integrated introduction to the breadth of knowledge you will need to consider yourself (and to be considered by other people) a generally well-educated person. See the General Education  page for more information.

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