The School of Architecture comprises over 50,000 square feet of design studios, classrooms, galleries and laboratories specifically designed to offer an immersive and stimulating learning environment.
Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library
The Verle Annis Gallery, Helen Lindhurst Gallery, Rosendin Family Atrium, Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, and Pierre Koenig Lecture Hall provide exhibition, review and lecture space for the School. The Robert H. Timme Architectural Research Center occupies the 22,000-square-foot third floor of Watt Hall, providing studio space for the graduate programs as well as faculty offices, research suites, sky gardens and review spaces.
The School promotes and supports the use and advancement of technology for the study of architecture and provides students with access to fabrication facilities, computer labs, extensive library collections and more.
Named in honor of the wife of USC Chancellor Emeritus Norman Topping, the Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library is housed in Watt Hall and comprises over 13,750 square feet.
The library houses over 75,000 volumes in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, art history, fine and decorative arts, and photography. The architecture collection is the oldest (dating to 1925) and best in Southern California, and contains all the major works in the field including many original rare books. The architecture periodical collection is one of the most extensive in Southern California, in both English and many foreign languages. The slide library contains more than 300,000 slides in all areas of architecture and fine arts, and is particularly strong in modern architecture, Renaissance architecture and Southern California architecture.
Our facilities provide access to the latest in computer modeling and building design analysis software as well as advanced output technologies, including large-format printers, laser cutting and 3D printing. Additional facilities include a woodshop for model making, a welding facility and a work yard for constructing large-scale projects. The School also operates a state-of-the-art darkroom for analog photography and a model-shooting room for student use.