Adjunct Associate Professor
BFA, Cooper Union; M.Arch with Distinction, SCI-Arc
Andy Ku received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cooper Union, developing his undergraduate studies towards architecture from conceptual sculpture and Swiss-style graphic design. He obtained his Master of Architecture degree from SCI-Arc. During this pivotal period, his work contributed to the transition of massive design tool change from a strictly analog endeavor towards the digital. Andy is the principal and co-founder of OCDC, a Los Angeles-based architectural design practice that draws concerns from the terrains of culture and technology.
Approaching materials and mediums from diverse origins, Andy's research explores cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary tendencies, connecting architecture with other vital contemporary arts and design fields for potential progress and inquiry. OCDC won four AIA Next LA awards in its first two years of operation. Since then, Andy and his office have produced numerous award-winning projects at multiple scales across continents. The work of OCDC has exhibited in Cape Town, Milan, New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Osaka, and Taipei.
In conjunction with the practice of OCDC, Andy has connected professionally with various high-profile architecture firms in Los Angeles, contributing his efforts to many large-scale building typologies and planning projects. Andy has been teaching in the area of visual studies, applied studies, and diverse levels of design studio since 2003. Before joining USC, Andy has held academic positions at SCI-Arc and UCLA, cultivating a blend of research that speculates on the problem of representation and its relationship to building design.
Andy served as director of the USC Exploration of Architecture program from 2014 to 2019.
- 202aLArchitectural Design IIArchitectural Design II
Students will build on the techniques and methodologies gained in the first-year program, while adding to them a comprehensive idea about site as a cultural and physical generator of architectural form. Students will be introduced to methods of site analysis and research, new generative drawing techniques, as well as the architectural and disciplinary conventions associated with site work.
Prerequisite: ARCH 102bL.
- 793aLArchitecture Directed Design Research Option IArchitecture Directed Design Research Option IDirected Design Research option for graduate level architecture degree. Credit on acceptance of research project. Graded IP/CR/NC.
- 793bLArchitecture Directed Design Research Option IArchitecture Directed Design Research Option I