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Assistant Professor of Practice Geoffrey von Oeyen was interviewed by journalist Asiel Nuñez as he sought out 100 practices internationally to survey for their take on contemporary architecture. Watch the Archivo de Ideas Recibidas interview here: https://youtu.be/g8Uq0ciRAmk

Low-Rise Design Challenge Announces Winners

Lecturer Melissa Shin and her firm Shin Shin received an honorable mention in the Los Angeles Low-Rise Design Challenge: Housing Ideas for Los Angeles in the Fourplex category. Her design was selected “for a thoughtful deployment of unconditioned and semi-enclosed spaces to make residential units more flexible, livable, and cost-effective, especially for multi-generational households.”


Pioneering Architects: Eugene Choy

The AIA spotlighted alumnus Eugene Choy (B.S. ’39), the second Chinese-American to become a member of the AIA and the first Chinese-American graduate of the USC School of Architecture.


Biodesign Challenge: Grow the Future

MLA+U students Ana Mangino and Andrea Binz and Geodesign student Zoe Lee have been selected as finalists and will represent USC in the NSF-funded Biodesign Challenge Competition, which will take place in mid-June. Their speculative project works with a freshwater sponge species to design a decentralized symbiotic system for neutralizing arsenic in groundwater.

Power in Preservation

MHC alumnae Isabel Thornton (’13) and Laura Dominguez (’12) are two of 10 women featured in the new Power in Preservation exhibit at Dumbarton House in Washington, D.C.

Architecture’s whiteness by design can change. Mabel Wilson shows us how in MoMA show

The LA Times features Dean Curry and Associate Professor J. Yolande Daniels’ participation in MoMA's “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America." The New York Times also wrote about the show here

Legendary Black architect, Paul Revere Williams, helped build modern Los Angeles

ABC7 Los Angeles interviewed Dean Curry for a segment on the lasting impact of USC Architecture alumnus Paul Revere Williams.

Is This the Most Innovative Woodworker in California?

Sunset magazine published a feature on alumnus Taylor Donsker.

100 Women to Watch in Architecture

Architizer named Associate Professor J. Yolande Daniels one of the 100 most innovative women in architecture. 

Collaboration Between Robots and Humans Makes Complex Bridge Building Easier

Engineering.com wrote about the Arroyo Pedestrian Bridge collaboration between Autodesk and USC School of Architecture. Associate Professor of Practice R. Scott Mitchell is quoted.

Faculty and Alumni Elevated to AIA Fellowship

Three USC Architecture faculty and alumni have joined the 2021 AIA College of Fellows. One of the highest honors that the AIA awards, Fellowship celebrates Architect Members with at least 10 years of membership who have made significant contributions to the profession and to society, who exemplify architectural excellence, and whose work has had a profound influence or ripple effect.

Researchers collaborate with LA County to plant and maintain trees

The Daily Trojan covered the recently launched USC Urban Trees Initiative, a collaboration between the Dornsife Public Exchange, Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute, Dornsife Carbon Census Network and the Landscape Architecture Program at the USC School of Architecture.

Diversity is a Push for Opportunity Adjunct associate professor

Lauren Dandridge Gaines spoke with LightFair on opportunity, exposure, diversity and the middle school incident that inspired her career choice.

Paul R. Williams: Behind the Mastery of the Master Architect

Architectural Digest and Robb Report covered alumnus Paul Revere Williams’ legacy and the joint acquisition of his archives by the Getty and USC School of Architecture.  

Envisioning L.A. housing in a post-COVID world

Adjunct associate professor John Dutton speaks with USC News about what Los Angeles may look like after the pandemic.

Populate your spring calendar with these virtual lecture series and talks

The Architect’s Newspaper and Archinect covered the School’s virtual spring lecture series. 

Urbanism memo to President Biden: Think housing, transit ... and don’t forget the designers

Dean Curry is quoted in an LA Times article on affordable housing and infrastructure. 


USC Architecture student work from ARCH 302a is featured in the exhibition “Human Scale Remeasured–New Spatial Requirements, Societal Demands and Economic Values in Architecture,” which recently launched at Berlin's Aedes Architecture Forum.

Pioneer of the L.A. look: Paul R. Williams wasn’t just ‘architect to the stars,’ he shaped the city

The legacy of alumnus Paul Revere Williams and the recent acquisition of his archives by USC Architecture and the Getty Research Institute are featured in the Los Angeles Times.

How Hospital Architecture Could Stop the Next Pandemic

Alumnus David Swartz explains how building modular, pandemic-proof health care sites might isolate future outbreaks.

Essential Arts: Why Paul R. Williams archive is a game changer for architecture researchers

Dean Milton S. F. Curry and professor Kenneth Breisch speak with the LA Times about what the Paul Williams archive may reveal.

Archicad, Adaptation, and Advancement: One Student's Journey to Success

MLA alumnus Emine Buran shares what she’s been up to since graduation for Graphisoft’s blog.


“Wicked,” an essay published by Nicole Rapatan, B.S. ’15, recounts the alum’s memories from her time at the USC School of Architecture.

The Getty and USC Launch Talks Shedding Light on the Impact of Architect Paul R. Williams

Metropolis and ArchDaily covered the School of Architecture’s participation in a three-panel series on the legacy of Paul R. Williams and his recently acquired archive.

5 Design Things to Do

KCRW recently featured professor Takako Tajima’s virtual exhibition on fairy gardens, as well as programming featuring Dean Curry and professors Doris Sung and Lorcan O’Herlihy.

How L.A. architect Paul Murdoch designed a 9/11 memorial that literally sings

Alumnus Elizabeth Valmont and former faculty member Paul Murdoch are featured in the Los Angeles Times for their work on the Flight 93 National Memorial.

The Getty and USC Launch Talks Shedding Light on the Impact of Architect Paul R. Williams

Metropolis and ArchDaily covered the School of Architecture’s participation in a three-panel series on the legacy of Paul R. Williams and his recently acquired archive.

LOHA Honored as The Plan Award 2020 Overall Winner

USC Architecture adjunct professor Lorcan O'Herlihy's practice, LOHA, was honored as the overall winner of The Plan Award 2020 for the MLK1101 Supportive Housing Project. 


Demand for home offices soar as coronavirus pandemic drags on

Adjunct professor John Dutton spoke with The Mercury News and Orange County Register about home office changes caused by COVID-19.


How 53 artists redesigned the toilet paper holder. Selfie stick, anyone?

Alumni Airi Isoda (B.Arch ‘06) and Ryan Upson (B.Arch ‘07) were featured in the Los Angeles Times for their participation in a new exhibition at Echo Park gallery Marta.

Fire-torn Horizon House in Malibu rebuilt amid debate about living in the wildland urban interface

Professor Geoffrey von Oeyen @vonoeyen spoke with @KCRW about rebuilding the Horizon House in Malibu after the Woolsey Fire in 2018. 

We Asked Top Architects for Bold Solutions to L.A.’s Homeless Crisis. Here’s What They Came Up With

Professors Warren Techentin and Valery Augustin share ideas for “unlocking the land” and “track housing” with Los Angeles Magazine

The most innovative architecture projects of 2020

Adjunct faculty member Lorcan O’Herlihy’s firm, LOHA, received an honorable mention in the Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards Spaces & Places category.

The Legacy of Paul Revere Williams Lives On in L.A.

Trojan Family Magazine covered the School of Architecture’s joint acquisition of alumnus Paul Revere Williams’ archive.

Imagining Future LA: How This Pandemic Could Change The Design Of Our Offices, Homes And Cities

Associate Professor John Dutton spoke on KPCC’s AirTalk about how the current pandemic could shift architecture and design around Los Angeles

Much of How We Adapted During Coronavirus Pandemic Will Remain Once it’s Gone

Professor Vinayak Bharne spoke with The Orange County Register about how the pandemic will affect urbanism and city design.

Award of Excellence: Atlas of Drylands Design

Eleven MLA+U students won the 2020 ASLA Student Award for Excellence in Research for their Atlas of Drylands Design. The project investigated water solutions from historically arid landscapes around the world to propose new solutions for water-stressed Los Angeles.


L.A., meet your new streetlight. The winning design marks the first revamp since the 1950s

The Los Angeles Times covered lecturer Sandra Yum and her practice, Project Room Collective, who won the LA Streetlight Competition.


Preservation “On the Natch”

MHC student Lindsay Mulcahy’s essay about LA’s Alcoholism Center for Women is published in Placesmagazine.


New Transitions: studio SUMO's Yolande Daniels on Design Research, the Context for Form, and Expanding Boundaries

Assistant professor Yolande Daniels is interviewed by Madame Architect.

What Does Real Action Toward Achieving an Equitable Profession Look Like?

Director of graduate architecture programs Alvin Huang spoke to ARCHITECT magazine about transformative DEI in architecture.

Community meetings – online – in the San Fernando Valley, Aug. 24-31

Los Angeles Daily News included the School of Architecture’s virtual fall lecture series in its weekly events roundup. 

The Archive of the Most Prolific Black Southern Californian Architect Finds a Home

Hyperallergic included the joint acquisition of the Paul Revere Williams archive.

How Nature-Inspired Designs Help To Improve Our Wellbeing, According to WOW Architects

Architect and alumna Maria Warner Wong met her husband Wong Chiu Man while studying architecture at USC; the couple founded their namesake firms Warner Wong Design and WOW Architects in 2000.

2019-2020 Academic Year

Architecture Students Create Demands to Improve School’s Inclusivity

This summer five student leaders at the USC School of Architecture spent long nights meeting via Zoom drafting plans for discussions with professors and administration to make change within their school’s community.

Is Project Héroe the Audacious Solution Needed to Stem Future Outbreaks?

Architect magazine covered the initial results of Project Heroe—a research partnership between HLW, USC Architecture and USC Keck School of Medicine—and interviewed alumnus David Swartz. 

LA River Public Art Project

MLA+U student Jared McKnight and alumnus Linpei Cheng (MLA+U ’20) were awarded honorable mentions in the Los Angeles River Public Art Project’s first annual Lewis MacAdams Prize competition.

USC M.Arch Graduate Fabian Dietrich Creates an "Urban Architectural Metaphor" for Southern California

Archinect interviewed recent M.Arch graduate Fabian Dietrich about his thesis, Long Air, or L.A, and his virtual learning experience.

2020 AIA|LA Presidential Honorees Announced

USC Architecture’s #OperationPPE, a widespread grassroots effort led by graduate architecture director Alvin Huang to 3D print masks akin to N95s, received the Community Contribution award from AIA Los Angeles.

Op-Ed: With media burning and a virus raging, should we look to architecture?

Faculty member Mina Chow’s latest op-ed was published in The Architect’s Newspaper.

A Trio of Schindler Houses Brings Together Three Design-Minded Los Angeles Families

Work by visiting critic Steven Ehrlich is featured in Dwell and Architect magazine. 

2020 USC Architectural Guild Charrette first place winners design a movable building surrounded by landscape that fights wildfires

Archinect featured the winning student team’s project from our 2020 USC Architectural Guild Charrette. 

From LAX to Frank Sinatra's house, Paul R. Williams' architecture defined mid-century California

KCRW covered the school’s acquisition of alumnus Paul R. Williams’ archives. The acquisition was also featured on the station’s Greater LA podcast, for which Dean Curry was interviewed.

Black Architect Paul Revere Williams’s Legacy Will Live On in Southern California

Architectural Digest, Fast CompanyThe Journal of Blacks in Higher Educationand Hyperallergic covered the school’s acquisition of alumnus Paul R. Williams’ archives.

14th Annual R+D Awards

Associate professor Doris Sung has won Architect magazine’s 14th annual R+D Award for her InVert self-shading windows system.

Architect Paul Williams’ archive, thought lost to fire, is safe. The Getty and USC will acquire it

The Los Angeles Times covered USC Architecture and Getty Research Institute’s joint acquisition of the Paul Revere Williams archive.

Famed architect Paul Williams' archive goes to Getty, USC

The Associated Press covered the acquisition of alumnus Paul Williams’ archives. The story was picked up by dozens of other outlets, including  US News & World ReportMSNNBC Los Angeles, New York Times, and more.

Paul Williams Memorialized at USC School of Architecture

NBC Los Angeles interviewed Dean Curry and Paul Williams’ granddaughter, Karen Hudson, for a broadcast story on the archive acquisition. 

Paul Revere Williams archive acquired by USC School of Architecture and Getty Research Institute

Outlets including ArchinectThe Architect’s NewspaperARCHITECT magazine, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Sacramento Bee covered the School of Architecture and Getty Research Institute’s Paul Williams archive acquisition. 

Explore the Work of Pioneering Architect Paul Revere Williams

Architectural Digest covered USC Architecture and the Getty Research Institute’s acquisition of the archives of the prolific architect and USC alumnus.

Research and changes to urban life are driving design innovation forward amid a pandemic

Assistant professor Faiza Moatasim speaks with The Architect’s Newspaper about how informal urbanism and temporary spaces can lead to design innovation.

Nine ideas for making our city’s public space more race equitable

Faiza Moatasim, assistant professor of urbanism and urban design, proposes exploring new temporary space solutions to the Los Angeles Times as a way of making cities more equitable. 

USC Architecture announces summer research initiative to explore how built solutions could avert future pandemics

The Architect's Newspaper featured USC Architecture's new partnership with HLW and the Keck School of Medicine to develop design-driven solutions that can help prevent future pandemics.

USC Architecture launches program to find built solutions for future pandemics

Archinect covered the HLW Project Heroe initiative as well as Operation PPE.

5 essential books to read on making cities anti-racist

Dean Curry offers his suggestion on essential reading on this topic to Curbed

USC School of Architecture: Observations and Adaptations

Building on the Built features student work from lecturer Juan Salazar’s second-year spring studio. 

Opinion: Blackout — Amplifying the Voices of Blackness Within Architecture

Architect and educator Sekou Cooke references Dean Curry’s statement on the recent protests in an opinion piece for Architectural Record

Organizations Respond to the Unrest in the Wake of the Killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis

Architect Magazine includes Dean Curry’s statement in a roundup of industry messages. 

Here are even more end-of-year student exhibitions to peruse

The Architect’s Newspaper features USC Architecture’s Virtual EXPO in its roundup of end-of-year school exhibitions.

USC Dean Milton S.F. Curry: "Collectively, we too are the guardians of the democratic space and civic imaginations"

Archinect published Dean Curry’s statement on the ongoing racial justice-focused protests.

Architecture School Deans Speak on the "Urgency of Now"

Architectural Record shares Dean Curry’s statement on racial injustice in a roundup of architecture school messages. 

Spotlight: USC Student Art

LA Arts showcases student projects from our Virtual EXPO in their latest spotlight of new and exciting work in LA.

How should L.A. be redesigned for coronavirus? Are doorknobs out? We asked the experts

Dean Milton S. F. Curry, alumni Thom Mayne and Mark Lee, and faculty members Larry Scarpa and Lorcan O’Herlihy share their thoughts on the future of architecture and urbanism in LA with the LA Times.

Gensler Announces 2020 Diversity Scholarships

B.Arch student Zida Liu won first place and M.Arch student Yifan Xie won second place in Gensler’s annual diversity scholarship awards.

These are the 10 best sustainable buildings of 2020

The Six, an affordable apartment building designed by adjunct professor Larry Scarpa’s firm Brooks & Scarpa, has been named one of the American Institute of Architecture Committee on the Environment’s best sustainable buildings of the year.

5 design things to do May 18 - 24

USC Architecture's Virtual EXPO 2020 was included in KCRW's weekly roundup of top "design things to do," encouraging readers to "see cool projects by graduating students."

How Architects and Designers are Helping COVID-19 Relief

Town & Country featured the USC School of Architecture’s efforts, as well as those of alumnus Mark Rios ‘78, to 3D print PPE for local hospitals.

Let's Find a Built Solution to Protect Our Future

David Swartz (M.Arch ‘89), Senior Partner at HLW developed Project Héroe – an interdisciplinary study led by architects to stem future pandemics.

Letters to the Editor: Urban sprawl is bad for your health, with or without the coronavirus

Insight on urban infrastructure from associate professor Esther Margulies is published as a letter in the LA Times.

The buildings with a mind of their own

BBC featured research from Doris Sung of the USC School of Architecture on developing an adaptive coat for buildings called Bloom that may be able to help heat or cool cities.

USC leads an army of architects making masks for medical workers using 3-D printers

Faculty members Alvin Huang, Larry Scarpa, and Patrick Tighe, along with alumnus Grant Kirkpatrick, are featured in the LA Times for their effort to 3D print masks akin to N95s.

Designers are 3D printing masks at home for LA hospital workers

Professors Scott Mitchell and Alvin Huang talk to Curbed about the school’s effort to 3D print masks for local hospitals.


Multiple outlets have covered the efforts of USC Architecture faculty, students and alumni to 3D print N95 masks for local LA hospitals, including CBS LAArchitectural DigestKCRW and Archinect.

Temples to white supremacy

Associate professor Kenneth Breisch talks to Curbed about the roots of neoclassic architecture.

USC Architecture Faculty Share Insights on Virtual Learning

Multiple USC Architecture professors tell Archinect about their segue to online courses due to the spread of COVID-19.

WFH Show & Tell: Alvin Huang

Associate professor Alvin Huang shows Archinect his work- and teach-from-home setup.

At USC and UCLA, the coronavirus-forced turn to online classes can get awkward

Associate professor Alvin Huang is featured in an LA Times article about the shift to online courses at USC. 

Milton S. F. Curry, USC Architecture Dean: Observations on Draft White House Executive Order, “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again”

Dean Curry’s op-ed in response to the proposed White House Executive Order is published on Archinect.

Essential Arts: L.A.'s art fairs are here. From Frieze to Felix, it’s #artmageddon

The Los Angeles Times includes a link to Dean Curry’s response to the draft executive order entitled “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again.” 

Worried About Food Scarcity? Try This Wearable Garden On For Size

Assistant professor Aroussiak Gabrielian speaks with Forbes about her speculative design project, “Posthuman Habitats.”

‘Hollywood’s Architect’ Paul R. Williams Finally Gets to Shine in the Spotlight

Dean Milton S. F. Curry speaks with The Wrap about alumnus Paul R. Williams’ legacy in Los Angeles.

SoFi Stadium rises to a new level as Inglewood prepares for its impact

Associate professor Alvin Huang comments on Inglewood's new stadium for the LA Times.

Architecture professor invents wearable garden

Assistant professor Aroussiak Gabrielian’s speculative wearable garden project is featured in The Daily Trojan.

Six Selected for 2020-2021 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership

Director of USC's Landscape Architecture + Urbanism program, Alison Hirsch, is one of six selected to be in the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s '20-'21 cohort of the LAF fellowship.

The Winners of the 2019 Residential Architect Design Awards

Adjunct professor Lorcan O’Herlihy’s firm LOHA is featured in Architect magazine for its MLK1101 Supportive Housing project, one of 13 winners that showcase the best in single- and multifamily residential architecture.

Professor invents wearable garden fertilized by human waste

Assistant professor Aroussiak Gabrielian’s wearable farm, which uses human-produced fertilizer to grow a variety of fresh produce, is featured in the New York Post.

This wearable vest grows you personal crops—fertilized just for you by your own waste

Assistant professor Aroussiak Gabrielian’s wearable landscape vest project is featured in Fast Company.

Doug Aitken: Architecture of the Earth

The School of Architecture’s Visions & Voices event with Doug Aitken was featured in LA Weekly.

Shelf love: architecture books to lose yourself in

Faculty member Steven Ehrlich’s recently released monograph, Ehrlich Yanai Outside-In: New California Modernism, which highlights 15 recent residential designs, is featured in Wallpaper.

Near Extinction Rituals

Assistant professor Aroussiak Gabrielian’s design research, "Near Extinction Rituals," is shortlisted for the Akademie Schloss Solitude and ZKM | Center for Art and Media Web Residency.

Deem in Conversation with Milton Curry, Dean of the School of Architecture at USC

Dean Curry speaks with Deem Journal’s founders about the meaning of social practice.

10 tallest buildings in the world

Associate professor of practice Valery Augustin talks to CNN Style about the 10 tallest buildings in the world.

We need to tell America’s best story in the Middle East

Adjunct associate professor Mina Chow’s op-ed is published in The Architect’s Newspaper.

2019 Dezeen Awards

Adjunct professor Lorcan O'Herlihy's project, MLK1101, has been named Dezeen’s Housing project of the year for 2019. Judges discussed the weight and relevance of the building and how difficult it must have been to create this sort of project with limited means.

This kit of parts is designed to build cheaper, faster affordable housing on small urban lots

The prefab NEST Toolkit, developed by adjunct professor Lawrence Scarpa’s firm Brooks & Scarpa, is featured in Fast Company. 

Meet Google's 2019 R+D for the Built Environment Fellows

Associate professor Doris Sung has been named one of Google’s 2019 R+D for the Built Environment Fellows. 


DENSE-CITY: Housing for Quality of Life and Social Capital

Adjunct professor Larry Scarpa’s work is featured in DENSE-CITY: Housing for Quality of Life and Social Capital, an exhibition of projects by Los Angeles architecture studio Brooks + Scarpa exploring urban development, cultural equity, and access to public space.

Architizer A+ Awards

Architizer A+ Awards 2019 names Associate Professor Doris Sung’s InVert(TM) Self-Shading Windows as Architizer Jury Winner and Popular Choice Winner. 


Meet the winners of our 2019 Best of Products Awards

The Architect’s Newspaper gives Associate Professor Doris Sung’s InVert(TM) Self-Shading Windows a 2019 Best of Product Award in the Facades category.

The Architecture MasterPrize Names 2019 Winners

Architecture Masterprize 2019 names Lorcan O'Herlihy’s MLK 1101 Supportive Housing project the Winner in the Architectural Design / Social Housing category.

Dezeen Awards 2019 Architecture Shortlist Reveals World's Best Buildings

Adjunct professor Lorcan O’Herlihy’s firm LOHA and its MLK1101 Supportive Housing project was selected for the Dezeen Awards 2019 architecture shortlist.

A Tiny Corner of Nature in a Busy Neighborhood

Landscape architecture faculty Esther Margulies speaks with the LA Downtown News about the public benefit of privately developed parks.

How to Design More Intuitively with Digital Tools

USC School of Architecture associate professor Alvin Huang talks technology and designing intuitively with digital tools in his interview on The Archiologist Talks podcast.

Composing a Playful Architecture Through Images

USC Architecture faculty member Andrew Kovacs has been featured on The Archiologist Talks podcast.

ACADIA 2019 Innovative Research Award of Excellence

Professor Jose Sanchez will receive the ACADIA Innovative Research Award of Excellence at this year's conference at the University of Texas at Austin. This award recognizes innovative research that contributes to the field of digital design in architecture. Faculty members Scott Mitchell, Lisa Little and Alvin Huang are participating in the conference as well.

Incremental Urbanism: Evolving Collective Forms in Taishan, China

Lecturer Elaine Kwong’s research on China’s rural transformation is showcased in the Cities Exhibition at the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. Supported by the Foreign Lecturer Grant from South China University of Technology, the research maps the transformation of Taishan County through the narratives surrounding the region’s dominant urban form: market-villages. The exhibition runs Sept. 7 – Nov. 10, 2019. READ MORE

Landscape Architecture and the Health of the Valley

Landscape architecture program director Alison Hirsch speaks with arcCA DIGEST about her graduate thesis studio, co-taught with Aja Bulla-Richards, that focused on issues of environmental and socio-economic injustice, particularly in relation to the agriculture industry, in the San Joaquin Valley. READ MORE

2018-2019 Academic Year

Dezeen Awards 2019 studio longlist announced

Assistant professor of practice Geoffrey von Oeyen’s firm Geoffrey von Oeyen Design is named by Dezeen as an emerging architect of the year. READ MORE

USC Inventors Honored at Annual Stevens Center for Innovation Reception

Associate professor Doris Sung received a USC Stevens Technology Commercialization Award for her "Use of Thermobimetal in Architectural Building Skins."


Thermobimetal shutters by Doris Sung self-regulate the temperature of buildings

Associate professor Doris Sung’s work with thermobimetals and her Invert shading system are featured in Dezeen. READ MORE

Jimenez Lai & Joanna Grant of Bureau Spectacular on Architecture and Design

Lecturer Joanna Grant joins The Midnight Charette to discuss the evolution of the Bureau Spectacular office, architecture typologies, graphics, near-death experiences, favorite buildings and more. WATCH VIDEO

Your new home may be printed

Associate professor Alvin Huang explains how 3-D printers are changing architecture and making it more sustainable. READ MORE

The Midnight Charrette Podcast

Associate professor Alvin Huang discusses his time in London, the AA School, meeting Rem Koolhaas, his office, teaching at USC, cheap foods, all nighters, Wikipedia and more. READ MORE

USC prof devises ‘smart’ building materials that move by themselves (that’s right, no motor), save energy

The Orange County Register features associate professor Doris Sung’s work with metals sandwiched between panes of glass that change shape when affected by the heat of the sun, which can be used to cool a building. READ MORE

Geoffrey von Oeyen on Exploring Resilience at a Number of Scales

Faculty member Geoffrey von Oeyen's practice, Geoffrey von Oeyen Design, is featured in a recent Archinect Studio Snapshot. READ MORE

Shade: An Urban Design Mandate

Shade is a public resource, and it should be a mandate for urban designers in LA. The latest feature in Places Journal highlights the research of faculty members Marc Schiler and Elizabeth Valmont, interviews MLA faculty member Lauren Hamer, and references research from Ruth Wallach at USC Libraries. READ MORE

50 Women-Led Startups That Are Crushing Tech

Associate professor Doris Sung’s InVert Window Shading System is one of Forbes’ 50 women-led startups “pushing the frontiers of innovation.”


Routledge Companion to Global Heritage Conservation

USC Architecture professors Vinayak Bharne & Trudi Sandmeier have co-edited the Routledge Companion to Global Heritage Conservation. Published by Routledge Press, London, this 530-page volume has 30 chapters by leading scholars on planning and heritage conservation from across the world. Going from Tokyo to Cairo, Shenzhen to Rome, and Delhi to Moscow, the volume examines a range of topics – indigenous habitats, urban cores, vernacular infrastructure, colonial towns, squatters, burial sites, war zones, and modern landmarks. READ MORE

Health and the Built Environment: A USC Architect Sheds Light on the Role of Light in Dementia Care Communities

The Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute featured a pilot study completed by assistant professor Kyle Konis in collaboration with faculty in the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and Keck School of Medicine.  


The Midnight Charrette Podcast

Graduate architecture programs director Wes Jones speaks with The Midnight Charrette about honesty and humor in design, USC's architecture program, bad design reviews, his solution for solving the homeless crisis in Los Angeles and more. WATCH VIDEO

International Women’s Day Spotlight

Mina Chow talks to USC Annenberg Media for International Women’s Day, noting the challenges that women still face in the workplace today. READ MORE

Notes on Techniques

Faculty member Yaohua Wang’s studio Preliminary Research Office presents “Notes on Techniques,” on view now through April 28 at A+D Museum. The exhibition walks through six architectural objects with accompanying notes, presenting various methods for assembling and manipulating geometry. READ MORE

Posthuman Habitats Shortlisted in SxSW Interactive Innovation Awards, Speculative Design Category

Assistant professor Alison Hirsch’s project Posthuman Habitats is one of five finalists in the South by Southwest Interactive Innovation Awards in the Speculative Design category. The project, developed with Hirsch’s agency partner Aroussiak Gabrielian, responds to impending food and water scarcity, stresses on energy and water infrastructure, and the nomadic existence that characterizes our age of migration. READ MORE

Architecture Spotlight: American Colonial Revival builds a homey sense of history

Associate professor Kenneth Breisch speaks with the LA Times about American Colonial Revival homes. READ MORE

Lecturer Tracee Johnson and adjunct professor Larry Scarpa’s fall 2018 studio on sea level rise in Venice is featured in The Argonaut. READ MORE

AIA|LA Women in Architecture Committee (WiA) is sponsoring a screening and reception on March 20 for adjunct associate professor Mina Chow’s film, “FACE OF A NATION: What Happened to the World’s Fair?” READ MORE

Assistant professor Jose Sanchez has won an ASCA Architectural Education Award in Faculty Design for Block’hood, an architecture video game designed for engaging non-expert audiences and communities into the ecological challenges of architecture. READ MORE

Travis Longcore featured in KCET Socal Connected's "It's Not Easy Being Green"

Assistant professor Travis Longcore is featured in KCET Socal Connected's "It's Not Easy Being Green," discussing how LA's tree cover is disappearing. Watch for him at around minute 3:55. READ MORE

Brooks + Scarpa is a winner of The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative Housing Innovation Challenge

Faculty member Larry Scarpa’s firm Brooks + Scarpa is a winner of The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative Housing Innovation Challenge. The challenge awards a total of $4.5 million in funding for new, scalable housing solutions for those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. READ MORE

Vinayak Bharne edits journal on URBAN INFORMALITY

Adjunct Associate Professor Vinayak Bharne, in his capacity as Executive Editor of the India/Netherlands urbanism quarterly My Liveable City, has produced a special January-March 2019 issue on the theme of "Urban Informality." Featured topics range from temporal markets and street art, to case studies of spontaneous habitats and slum upgradation projects in Venezuela, India, Bangladesh, Russia and The Netherlands. READ MORE

Balancing the Conceptual and The Actual; A Studio Snapshot of Preliminary Research Office

Yaohua Wang and his studio, Preliminary Research Office, are featured in a recent Archinect Studio Snapshot. READ MORE

A study of the work of USC Professor Emeritus Ralph Knowles

Harvard University and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) carried out a study of the work of USC Professor Emeritus Ralph Knowles and have crafted a very powerful short book titled, “The Natural Forces Laboratory: Ralph Knowles and the Instrumentalized Studio,” by Andrew Witt and Christopher Reznich. READ MORE

The winning green team: How USC is working to be a powerhouse in athletics sustainability

Esther Margulies shares insight with the Daily Trojan about sustainability efforts at the Coliseum. READ MORE

Hall of Fame Honoree Patrick Tighe Favors Lines that are Fluid, Organic and Sculptural

Patrick Tighe is featured in Interior Design following his induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. READ MORE

Christ & Gantenbein and Bureau Spectacular named best architecture studios at Dezeen Awards

Joanna Grant’s studio Bureau Spectacular received Dezeen’s Emerging Architect of the Year Award.


Sentient Office Buildings Adjust to Workers' Personal Comfort and Well Being

Joon-Ho Choi and graduate students are featured in a recent Voice of America segment about smart building technology.


Lake Lazarus: the strange rebirth of a Californian ecosystem

Alex Robinson’s new book, The Spoils of Dust: Reinventing The Lake that Made Los Angeles, receives a positive review in Nature. READ MORE