The Dean’s Circle is a premier leadership society for annual giving, thought-leadership and engagement at the USC School of Architecture.

Since 1919, USC Architecture has been educating explorers and innovators and producing generations of talented architects and design professionals. To lead in this next century, our School will transform into a global academic cultural institution – one that excels at experimental pedagogies and centralizes the social and cultural forces that drive progress. With strategic investments in new academic programs, platforms to enliven public discourse and a diverse cohort of faculty and students, the School will elevate design and produce the next generation of citizen architects with capacities to synergize design into everyday life. Over the next 10 years, the School will define its future – and therefore impact the industry – for the public good, by developing compelling and transformative student experiences, bringing distinguished and diverse faculty to the School, and producing influential research and creative work. 

Founding members of the USC Architecture Dean’s Circle will importantly advance these initiatives by contributing vital funds to support the dean’s strategic initiatives. Dean’s Circle members also enjoy the following membership privileges:

Citizen Architect


— Private dinner (up to six people) with the dean

— Invitation to participate in signature cultural arts, architecture, urbanism and design events globally

— Invitation (up to two) to private lectures, salons and building site preview tours featuring thought-leaders in the design-build industry

— Invitation (up to two) to attend Dean’s Annual State of the School Breakfast 

— Two tickets to attend Annual Architectural Guild Dinner and attend VIP reception as guests of the dean

— Two tickets to attend the Architectural Guild’s Annual Golf Tournament reception with the dean, board members, and industry leaders

— Premier recognition onsite, in print and online

— All privileges extended to all levels below



— Exclusive invitation to attend a select lunch or USC Associates pre-game football picnic

— Private dinner (up to four) with the dean

— VIP dining reservations at the University Club for any day, upon advance request

— Special recognition onsite, in print and online 

— All privileges extended at the Design Leader level



— Complimentary tickets (up to two) upon advance request to USC Visions & Voices art and design-related events

— Private lunch with the dean (up to two)

— VIP dining reservations at University Club for any day, upon request