• 2019-2020 Academic Year
  • 2018-2019 Academic Year
2019-2020 Academic Year

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. READ MORE


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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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