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.


Exploration of Architecture Summer Program

June 18, 2017

For more than 30 years, high school students from all over the world have come to the University of Southern California's School of Architecture for a taste of college life and an introduction to college level study of architecture and design of the built environment. If you are considering a career in architecture, engineering or urban planning you will have the chance to try out your interests in a studio setting at one of the top ten architecture schools in the country.

Educational Intent
The USC Exploration of Architecture program provides high school students from across the country and the world with an intensive and in-depth introduction to the world of architecture and the experience of an architectural education. The goal of the program is to help students make an educated decision regarding their own career direction while at the same time providing them with a wide exposure to the diverse and colorful surroundings of Los Angeles.

The Exploration of Architecture summer high school program has been conducted at the USC School of Architecture since 1982. This highly successful and popular program has grown and developed into one of the most comprehensive and rewarding programs of its kind in the country.


For further information about dates, requirements, and to sign up, please visit the program page.


25th Annual Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation Summer Program

May 15, 2017

In 2017, the USC School of Architecture will host its 25th annual summer program devoted to the conservation of the historic built environment. The program runs from May 15 – 26.

This intensive program introduces the principles and practice of historic preservation/heritage conservation in the United States and abroad. Classes are taught by noted experts from Southern California and can be taken as individual topic seminars or as a whole series. In addition to examining the history and philosophy of the conservation movement, lectures and field trips to historic sites throughout the Los Angeles area introduce participants to a broad range of legal, economic, aesthetic, and technical issues associated with the documentation, conservation, and interpretation of historic structures, landscapes, and communities. Sites to be visited and studied include the 1924 Frank Lloyd Wright Freeman House, the 1908 Greene & Greene Gamble House, historic downtown Los Angeles, The Getty Conservation Institute, and more!


For further information and to sign up, please visit the program page.



May 12, 2017

Founder's Park

The University of Southern California's School of Architecture satellite ceremony will be held at Founders Park with a reception to follow at Watt Hall Courtyard.


Please visit this page for full details on the ceremony location and schedule.


Haworth Charrette

April 01, 2017

Verle Annis Gallery, Harris Hall


The Haworth Charrette is a design competition that invites 4th year, 5th year and graduate students to compete in a one day charrette.  A jury of leading architecture professionals judge the competition, and the all-day event culminates with the awarding prizes totaling $10,000.   First Place is awarded $5,000, second place $3,000 and third place $2,000. 


The 2017 Haworth Charette will take place on Saturday, April 1st.


The competition will take place in the Verle Annis Gallery located in Harris Hall beginning at 8:30 am. Final presentations will take place in Watt One at 3:45 pm. All students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Guild Members are welcome to attend the final presentations. A reception in Harris Courtyard will take place immediately following the event.


Click here to register for the competition.


ARCH302b Lecture Series: Stan Allen, FAIA

March 03, 2017

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




Stan Allen, FAIA
SAA/Stan Allen Architect, New York, NY and Elizaville NY
George Dutton ’27 Professor of Architecture, Princeton University
Director, Princeton Center for Architecture, Urbanism and Infrastructure

Friday, March 03 at 2pm
Harris 101


"Body of Work" is a reflection on the longer trajectory of Stan Allen's career as an architect, theorist, and educator - weaving together the themes of landscape, ecology and construction. He will discuss his seminal writings "Diagrams Matter", "From Object to Field", "Field Conditions" and "Landform Building", as well as his recent built work and the projects for exhibitions in Rome and Venice. The work frames a larger question that concerns the way in which architects react to changing technologies and disciplinary concerns.


Stan Allen is an architect working in New York and professor at Princeton’s School of Architecture, where he also directs the Center for Architecture, Urbanism and Infrastructure.  From 2002 - 2012, he served as Dean of the School. He holds degrees from Brown University, The Cooper Union and Princeton.  After graduation he worked for Richard Meier in New York and Rafael Moneo in Madrid. In 1990 he established an independent practice, and since that time, has pursued parallel careers as educator, writer and architect.


He has taught at Harvard, Columbia and Princeton, and his architectural firm SAA/Stan Allen Architect has realized buildings and urban projects in the United States, Latin America and Asia. Responding to the complexity of the modern city in creative ways, Stan Allen has developed an extensive catalogue of innovative design strategies, in particular looking at field theory, landscape architecture and ecology as models to revitalize the practice of architecture.


Since 2009, he has received 3 P/A Awards, 5 AIA Awards, the John Q. Hejduk Award from Cooper Union, and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  In 2011, Allen was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows and in 2012 he was inducted into the National Academy of Design. In 2016, he was one of 12 architects representing the United States in The Architectural Imagination, the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.


In addition to numerous articles and project reviews, his architectural work is published in Points + Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City and his essays in Practice: Architecture, Technique and Representation. His most recent book is the edited volume Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain, Published by Lars Müller in 2011.  Four Projects: A Stan Allen Sourcebook will be published in 2017 by Ohio State University and ORO Publishers



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