What impact do you want to have on the world?
That sounds like a simple question, yet it carries enormous meaning! As the world has become more similar in many ways, and as technology has brought disparate peoples closer together, we still find ourselves atomized by geographic constraints, economic limitations, structural inadequacies, and conflict. Navigating the world and the complexities of identity and space requires a capacious intellect and an imaginative mind. The USC School of Architecture has been educating explorers since its founding in 1919. Our educational offerings include architecture, landscape architecture + urbanism, building science, and heritage conservation. With 750 students and 100 faculty members, the School has the reach and scale of few others nationwide.
Our graduates are explorers and citizens of the world. As students, they come from all corners of the globe. They are from diverse backgrounds, races, ethnicities, geographies, and cultures; and they claim identities that are their own. They are Pritzker Prize Laureates and AIA Gold Medal Recipients—like Paul Williams, Frank Gehry, and Thom Mayne. They are transformational figures in the history and evolution of modernism and urbanization. They are providing the intellectual capital that fuels new thinking in applied building technologies and the preservation / conservation of our heritage, cultural infrastructure, and ecologies. And…they are the emerging voices in the yet unwritten stories of urban revitalization, civic infrastructure, and new forms of housing and commerce.
We celebrate pluralism, and we practice critical thinking. Our graduates are being equipped with competencies that range in scope from technical skills in designing architecture at all scales; conceptual precision in articulating ideas and linking design to other discourses including humanities and social sciences; to representational finesse in utilizing analog, digital, and moving image methods to communicate ideas. Our faculty are driven to explore—from the everyday consequences of architecture and design to impact a community, to the experimental realm of theoretical research and speculation. Our curriculum and our connection to the larger USC community means that we can leverage USC as a leading research university with excellence across 19 academic schools, institutes, and global partnerships.
We are educating architect-citizens—capacious makers and thinkers who see the world through the prism of architecture thinking and view their role in the world as activists.