Heritage Conservation 25/20/15 Anniversary Symposium

October 21, 2017

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center (Harris Hall 101)

Come celebrate the 25/20/15 anniversaries of our heritage conservation programs at USC!


Join us for a day-long symposium exploring the nexus between heritage conservation and social justice - featured speakers include:


Milton S.F. Curry

     Dean, Della & Harry MacDonald Dean’s Chair, USC School of Architecture

Eric Avila, Ph.D.

     Associate Professor, UCLA Department of Chicana/o Studies

     Author, Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles

Ken Breisch, Ph.D.

     Associate Professor, USC School of Architecture

     (2nd HC Program Director)

Wendy Cheng

     Co-Chair, American Studies and Assistant Professor of American Studies, Scripps College

     Author, The Changs Next Door to the Díazes: Remapping Race in Suburban California

Jeffrey Chusid

     Associate Professor and Chair of Department of City & Regional Planning, Cornell University

     (1st HC Program Director)

Laura Dominguez '12

     Ph.D student, USC Department of History

     Co-founder of Latinos in Heritage Conservation

Gail Dubrow

     Professor of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Public Affairs and Planning, and History,

     University of Minnesota; Author, Restoring Women's History through Historic Preservation

Luis Hoyos

     Professor of Architecture, California State Polytechnic University Pomona

     Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Kristen Hayashi

     Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Riverside Public History program

Trudi Sandmeier

     Director, Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation

     Associate Professor of Practice (3rd HC Program Director)

Andrew Wiese

     Professor and Chair of the Department of History, San Diego State University

     Author, Places of Their Own: African American Suburbanization in the 20th Century

Shayne Watson '09

     Independent consultant

     Rainbow Heritage Network; Chair, GLBT Historical Society’s Historic Places Working Group

Sian Winship '11

     Independent consultant

     President, Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter


There will even be time during lunch to visit the Archives Bazaar...



09:30 – coffee/tea/fruit/pastries in courtyard

10:00 – Welcome (Trudi Sandmeier)

10:15 – Session 1 - USC/MHC – A Brief Look Back

                Jeff Chusid; Ken Breisch; Trudi Sandmeier

11:00 – break

11:15 – Session 2 – Telling a More Complete Story

                Laura Dominguez (moderator); Kristen Hayashi; Luis Hoyos; Shayne Watson

12:30 – Lunch and Archives Bazaar field trip

02:00 – Session 3 – Gentrification and Conservation

                Sian Winship (moderator); Eric Avila; Wendy Cheng; Andrew Wiese

03:30 – Session 4 – Context and Perspective (Gail Dubrow)

04:00 – Session 5 – Looking Forward (Dean Milton Curry)

04:30 – cocktail reception


Please RSVP by Thursday, October 19th to let us know you are coming!  (


Special thanks to our sponsors!

     Presenting sponsor

          Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc.

     Conservation Sponsor

          Architectural Resources Group

     Heritage sponsor

          Peyton Hall, FAIA

          Page & Turnbull

          Historic Resources Group


Getting here - The Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center is located in Harris Hall.  Harris Hall is a half block from the Metro Expo line station (Expo Park/USC station) should you choose to take light rail to campus. If you are planning to drive, parking is available at USC for $12.  You should enter campus off Vermont Avenue at W. 36th Place (Downey Way entrance) and park in the Downey Way lot (formerly Parking Structure A). It is a 5-7 minute walk down Bloom Walk from the parking structure to Harris Hall. Limited street parking is also available close to the campus.


We look forward to seeing you there!



Open House for Graduate Degree Programs

October 16, 2017

USC School of Architecture, Watt Hall, 3rd Floor

Discover the fundamentals of Graduate education in Architecture at USC. Meet Program Directors, Teaching Faculty, and Current Students from our programs in:

Master of Architecture

Master of Advanced Architectural Studies

Master of Building Science

Master of Heritage Conservation

Master of Landscape Architecture

Gain clarity on eligibility requirements, portfolio submissions, important dates and other specifics related to admission to our programs.

To participate in this event, please email us and indicate 'Graduate Open House RSVP' in the 'Message' portion of the form.


USC School of Architecture Lectures and Events

August 21, 2017

All School Welcome Lunch

August 21, 2017

Watt Courtyard


Join us for a welcome back lunch on the first day of the Fall 2017 semester.  Meet our new dean, Milton S.F. Curry, see old friends and meet the new students and faculty. 


BIM 2017 | what's next? (SOLD OUT)

July 14, 2017


BIM 2017 | what's next?

July 14, 2017



The Eleventh Annual USC BIM Conference


Friday, July 14, 2017, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
USC, School of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, USA 


Full Details & Schedule (Click to Download)


BIM 2017 will follow on the success of our 2016 conference with a double track of presentations and expert speakers in architecture, engineering, and construction. When registering, please indicate your preference for which track you will be attending. You can go between them if room permits. 



  • $55 early registration; $125 after June 30th
    Go to (code: bim2017) to register.
  • Please express your preference for track 1 or track 2. The speakers for each track are listed in the Conference Schedule.
  • Please register each person individually if you are doing more than one; register under their name (not yours).  By registering each person individually, we will be able to track the registration better, send out reminder notices, and print accurate name badges.

Key Information

  • A stellar line-up of over 30 speakers!  See the Conference Schedule for the full listing.
  • 5 AIA CEUs. Remember to add your name and number to the list on the registration table.
  • Please be on time.
  • As usual, there are no refunds if you do not attend (send someone else from the office instead under your name)
  • Lunch is provided.
  • We usually sell out.  Do not wait until the last minute to register.





Fall Classes Begin

August 21, 2017

American Academy in China Presents: "Vertical Urbanism"

May 09, 2017

Is LA ready for vertical urbanism?


Asian developers are working on some of the biggest projects in Los Angeles today, bringing different approaches to city growth and urban design. In Asia, where densities are higher than in LA, projects often mix uses more intensely and rely more thoroughly on mass transit. Is LA ready for this kind of vertical urbanism?


This forum, to be held on May 9 at 6:30pm, will bring together some of the players shaping downtown LA and their architects. The goal is to generate a dialogue about the future of Los Angeles and place it within the larger context of urbanism around the world.



Film Screening & Talk: "Eero Saarinen, The Architect Who Saw the Future"

April 05, 2017

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall, Room 101

Don't miss this special FREE screening of the new documentary film "Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future" followed by a discussion with his son, filmmaker, Eric Saarinen at 6:30 PM at the Gin Wong Auditorium, Harris Hall, USC School of Architecture on Wednesday, April 5th.


The film explores the life and work of Finnish-American modernist giant Eero Saarinen (1910-1961). Best known for designing St. Louis' iconic Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, Saarinen also designed the TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Yale University's Ingalls Rink and Dulles Airport. His sudden death at age 51 cut short one of the most influential careers in American architecture.

"Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw The Future" - Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 6:30-8:30PM. FREE. Gin Wong Auditorium/Harris Hall (HAR), University of Southern California (USC), Exposition Park, Los Angeles. Take the Metro Expo line and leave your car at home. Click here for link to USC Campus Map


Co-sponsored by the USC Master of Heritage Conservation program, USC Graduate Architecture Student Association, and the Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter.


Bachelor & Master Candidates' Work

May 12, 2017

Verle Annis & Lindhurst Galleries


Fri, May 12 – Mon, May 15


An Exhibition of the Work from the Class of 2017



April 27, 2017

Watt Hall & Harris Hall

Thursday, April 27 – Friday, April 28.


The USC School of Architecture is pleased to announce EXPO, our annual celebration of student achievement spanning studio work at all levels and across all disciplines within the School.



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