USC School of Architecture
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The USC School of Architecture is the architecture school at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. It is one of USC's 17 professional schools, offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of architecture, building science, landscape architecture and heritage conservation (historic preservation).
|Dean||Milton S. F. Curry|
|Associate Dean||Joon-Ho Choi and Douglas E. Noble|
The School of Architecture is consistently ranked amongst the most prestigious architecture schools in the country. For 2018, the undergraduate program in architecture was ranked 5th, and the graduate program in architecture was ranked 9th in the nation by DesignIntelligence. Notable alumni that graduated from the School include Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne and Paul Williams.
The program at USC began as an architecture department in 1916. Soon after, with the help of the Allied Architects of Los Angeles, a separate School of Architecture was established in 1925. By 1928, majors and degree-granting programs were provided to students. One of the earliest undergraduate programs was the 5-year professional Bachelor of Architecture program. Over the years, the school grew and expanded its influence into one of the premier architecture programs in the country. The school now offers 3 undergraduate degrees, 3 undergraduate minors, 4 master's degrees and 1 Ph.D.
USC Architecture took over maintenance of the Gamble House, the Craftsman masterpiece in Pasadena designed by Greene and Greene in 1966 in a joint deed with the city of Pasadena, which took over responsibility for the grounds. The school also owns the Samuel Freeman House, a Frank Lloyd Wright designed house in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles built in 1923. The Freeman house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. The house has also been listed as a California Historical Landmark #1011, and as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #247 in 1981. The Freeman house is undergoing long-term stabilization and rehabilitation.
Fields of StudyEdit
Director: Doris Sung.
The undergraduate "B. Arch" is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The "NAAB" is the sole authority for granting accreditation for professional architecture degree programs.
Director: Alvin Huang.
The graduate "M. Arch" is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. As an accredited professional degree, the M.Arch provides firm grounding knowledge in history, technology, professional practice and theory. The studio is the core setting for students to learn to synthesize the cultural, environmental and tectonic thinking through informed design practice. The separate Master of Advanced Architecture Studies (MAAS) is a post-professional degree for those who already have a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Graduate Heritage ConservationEdit
Director: Trudi Sandmeier.
The graduate heritage conservation curriculum is designed to expose students to the full breadth of the profession, including "...materials conservation, policy and planning, conservation theory, global conservation efforts, architectural and landscape history, best-practices in resource documentation and evaluation, sustainability, and historic site management."
Graduate Landscape Architecture + UrbanismEdit
Director: Alison Hirsch.
Landscape architecture at USC is a design-centered program centered on a trans-disciplinary approach. The Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).
Graduate Building ScienceEdit
Director: Douglas E. Noble, FAIA, Ph.D.
The Master of Building Science (MBS) degree program was recognized as a "top-notch program" by ARCHITECT: Journal of the American Institute of Architects, in 2009. Building science focuses on the relationship of the human condition and to natural forces. The USC Chase L. Leavitt Graduate Building Science program emphasizes the breadth of technology in architecture, including structures, building systems, analytical computing and BIM, building envelopes, design theories and methods, human comfort, sustainability, acoustics, lighting and daylighting.
The School of Architecture is located in the Harris Hall and Watt Hall Complex, at the southern end of the USC University Park Campus. The school comprises over 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of design studios, classrooms, galleries, workshops and labs. Students in the USC School of Architecture have their own 24-7 personal workstations. Students have access to their projects at all times. Watt Hall contains one of the best regional architecture libraries, and is home to extensive woodshop and fabrication facilities. The complex also houses several gallery review spaces and, next door, the "USC Fisher Museum of Art".
Many of the faculty members at the School of Architecture are practicing professionals and researchers. The majority of the faculty are active members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) or the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and 14 are Fellows of AIA (FAIA).
- Kim Coleman
- Milton S. F. Curry
- Manuel De Landa (adjunct)
- Vittoria Di Palma - Ph.D.
- Steven Ehrlich - FAIA
- Diane Ghirardo - Ph.D.
- Alvin Huang - AIA
- Wes Jones - RA, FAAR
- Karen M. Kensek
- Alice Kimm - FAIA
- Qingyun Ma - AIA
- Amy Murphy - Ph.D.
- Douglas E. Noble - FAIA, Ph.D.
- Lorcan O'Herlihy - FAIA
- Hadrian Predock
- Victor A. Regnier FAIA
- Alexander Robinson - FAAR
- Jose Sanchez
- Trudi Sandmeier
- Lawrence Scarpa - FAIA
- Marc Eugene Schiler - FASES, LC
- James Steele - Ph.D.
- Doris Sung
- Patrick Tighe - FAIA
Notable Former Faculty:
- Gregory Ain - Best known for bringing elements of modern architecture to lower and medium-cost housing.
- Reyner Banham
- Craig Ellwood
- A. Quincy Jones - Professor and later Dean of the School of Architecture from 1951-1967. Designed the building which houses the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
- Calvin C. Straub - Professor & Dean, Considered the father of California Post & Beam architecture. Early inventor of Mid-Century modernism with other USC faculty-Case Study Architect.
- Pierre Koenig
- Robert S. Harris - Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture from 1981-1992.
- Ralph Lewis Knowles
- Raymond Loewy - internationally acclaimed industrial designer.
- Richard Neutra - Considered among the most important modernist architects.
- William L. Pereira - Joined faculty in 1949. Notable works include the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco and Geisel Library at UC San Diego. Designed the campus plans of USC, UC Irvine, and Pepperdine University.
- Robert Timme - Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture from 1996-2005.
Notable Former Visiting Faculty:
Many of the students that have graduated from the USC School of Architecture have moved on to be leading figures in the architectural community.
- Gregory Ain - Attended the School from 1927-1928. Former professor at the USC School of Architecture and Dean of the school of architecture at Pennsylvania State University.
- Barry Berkus - B. Arch. Designed more than 600,000 houses.
- Conrad Buff III - Partner in architecture firm Buff, Smith and Hensman
- Boris Dramov - B. Arch, 1966. Notable works include Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and Third Street Promenade.
- Behnaz Farahi - M. Arch, 2012. Interactive designer and creative technologist.
- Frank O. Gehry - B. Arch, 1954. Notable works include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Experience Music Project, and Dancing House. Pritzker Prize laureate.
- Donald C. Hensman - Partner in architecture firm Buff, Smith and Hensman
- Alvin Huang - B.Arch 1998. Principle in architecture firm Synthesis Design + Architecture. Associate Professor at the USC School of Architecture.
- Jon Jerde - B. Arch, 1966. Notable works include Canal City Hakata, Mall of America, Westfield Horton Plaza, and Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles.
- Edward Killingsworth - B. Arch. 1940. Participated in the Case Study Houses experiment. Master planning architect for California State University, Long Beach for over 40 years. Designed Watt Hall and the University Religious Center at USC.
- Pierre Koenig - B. Arch, 1952.
- William Krisel - B.Arch 1949. noted mid-century modern architect
- Mark Lee - B.Arch 1991. Partner in architecture firm JohnstonMarkLee. Appointed the chair of the department of architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2018.
- Thom Mayne - B. Arch, 1968. Notable works include the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters and the San Francisco Federal Building. Pritzker Prize laureate.
- Albert Nozaki - B. Arch, 1933. Academy-Award nominated art director for Paramount Pictures. Known for work on The War of the Worlds and The Ten Commandments. Career was disrupted when he was interned at Manzanar during World War II.
- Raphael Soriano - B. Arch, 1934.
- Calvin C. Straub - B. Arch, 1943.
- Paul Revere Williams - B. Arch, 1934. Designed homes for numerous celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, and Desi Arnaz. First African American member and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Recipient of the 2017 AIA Gold Medal.
- Zelma Wilson - B. Arch, 1947.
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- A Separate School of Architecture established
- Allison Engel, In memoriam: Samuel Hurst, 94, USC News, April 28, 2015, accessed February 7, 2017.
- Gamble House celebrates 50 years of the gift to USC and Pasadena
- Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation article about the Freeman House
- National Register #71000146
- California Historical Landmark #1011
- Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmark #247
- Full accreditation renewed for eight years
- USC M.ARCH program receives maximum term of accreditation
- Master of Heritage Conservation, University of Southern California
- Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Southern California
- Top=Notch Program: Master of Building Science, University of Southern California
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