USC School of Architecture
|Location||Los Angeles, California, USA|
The USC School of Architecture is the architecture school at the University of Southern California. It is one of USC's 17 professional schools, offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture and historic preservation. The current dean is Qingyun Ma.
The program at USC began as a small architectural 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 as 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.
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. One advantage of USC's architecture program is the ability for all students to have their own 24-7 personal workstations. Students have access to their projects at all times. Within and adjacent to the complex are three landscaped courtyards. The complex also houses several art galleries and, next door, the "USC Fisher Museum of Art".
There are approximately 600 students in the School of Architecture. The School of Architecture is consistently ranked amongst the best architecture schools in the country. In 2011, Architectural Record placed USC 9th in a list of the country's top undergraduate architecture schools. In 2006 and 2007, "Architect Magazine" ranked USC's undergraduate program 5th nationwide. In 2013, Architectural Record ranked USC as the 7th best undergraduate architecture program in the country.
In terms of academic programs, the school currently offers the following:
- B. Arch (5 year professional degree)
- B.S. Arch. Studies (4 year pre-professional degree)
- B.S. Civil Engineering (4 years, offered by the Viterbi School of Engineering)
- B. Landscape Arch. (4 years)
- M. Arch (2 programs: "Professional" - 2 years for students with pre-professional degree, and "Post-Professional" - 1.5 years for students who have completed a five-year undergraduate program)
- M. Building Science (1.5 years)
- M. Historic Preservation (2 years)
- M. Landscape Arch. (3 years)
Both the undergraduate "B. Arch" and the graduate "M. Arch +2" are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The "NAAB" is the sole authority for granting accreditation for professional architecture degree programs.
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) and 14 are Fellows of AIA (FAIA).
- Victor Regnier - FAIA
- Manuel De Landa (adjunct)
- Neil Leach - RIBA, Ph.D.
- Wes Jones - AIA
- Qingyun Ma - AIA
- Frank Gehry - Named Judge Widney Professor of Architecture in 2011.
Notable Former Faculty:
- 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.
- 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.
- Richard Neutra - Considered among the most important modernist architects.
- Raymond Loewy - internationally acclaimed industrial designer.
- Gregory Ain - Best known for bringing elements of modern architecture to lower and medium-cost housing.
- Craig Ellwood
Many of the students that have graduated from the USC School of Architecture have moved on to be leading figures in the architectural community.
- 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.
- Thom Mayne - B. Arch, 1968. Notable works include the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters and the San Francisco Federal Building. Pritzker Prize laureate.
- Jon Jerde - B. Arch, 1966. Notable works include Canal City Hakata, Mall of America, Westfield Horton Plaza, and Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles.
- Boris Dramov - B. Arch, 1966. Notable works include Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and Third Street Promenade.
- 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.
- Pierre Koenig - B. Arch, 1952.
- Calvin C. Straub - B. Arch, 1943. F.A.I.A 1961
- Raphael Soriano - B. Arch, 1934.
- Zelma Wilson - B. Arch, 1947.
- Eugene Kinn Choy - B. Arch, 1939. First Chinese American to be licensed in architecture in the State of California. The second Chinese American after I.M. Pei to join the American Institute of Architects.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.