Charles Lagreco, AIA, MacDonald and Diane Rusling Becket Professor of Community Design

Associate Professor

 

BA and MFA in Architecture, Princeton University Dipl Arch, Cambridge University


Professor Lagreco, a senior faculty member, has taught at the USC School of Architecture in design methodology, professional practice and design and thesis studios in undergraduate and the graduate Masters of Architecture professional programs. He taught first as an Adjunct Professor and then as a full time tenured faculty member since 1980. He served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of the School of Architecture from 1997 through 2007. He has worked with the Community Redevelopment Agency on downtown revitalization activities in the Broadway Historic Theater District and in educational facilities design and research with an emphasis on new urban educational prototypes and their potential to support community-based urban development. This area of interest was reinforced by his recent work with the Rossier School of Education on the USC/Hybrid High School initiative providing input on programming and site selection and strategies for the proposed school in the USC surrounding neighborhood. He co-chaired the Lesson’s Learned –Schools Symposium at the Getty Museum and has offered continuing education seminars on the 21st Century School here in the effort to start a full offering of these courses to the professional community at the School of Architecture. This area of interest was reinforced by his work with the Rossier School of Education on the USC/Hybrid High School initiative providing input on programming and site selection and strategies for the proposed school in the USC surrounding neighborhoods. Currently Professor Lagreco has been involved in the creation of a new curricular component of the architecture program that places emphasis on the design/build experience based on both cutting edge research and hands on implementation of proposals in the surrounding neighborhood. This effort has been supported by a new endowment created to provide continuity in the program. He has BA and MFA Architecture degrees from Princeton University and a Diploma in Architecture Cert. from Cambridge University and spent a year in Rome on a post Graduate Fulbright Fellowship. Since 1999 he has held the MacDonald and Diane Becket Professorship in Community Design with a co-appointment to the Rossier School of Education. He is the founding principal of Architectural Collective, and has been practicing architecture with that firm after a stint with CRS. (now HOK,) as a lead designer, and has won numerous local state and national design awards including a Progressive Architecture Design Award for the Sunset Boulevard multi-use building in West Hollywood that is a prototype for much of the multi-use live work projects currently being built in Los Angeles.


 
Currently Teaching
  • 302bL
    Architectural Design III
    Architectural Design III

    The integration of architectural design with building systems, both material (structure and enclosure) and experiential (circulation and environment), is the focus of this final core sequence studio. The comprehensive design project requires students to implement all the knowledge and skills previously accumulated, to extend the depth and breadth of their understanding of design issues, and to deal definitively with the interaction of the formal, experiential, regulatory, and technical requirements of architectural design. Projects will provide for structural integrity, for ventilation, heating and cooling (both natural and mechanical), for natural and artificial lighting, and for acoustic amenity. Students must build into their designs life-safety, egress, and accessibility requirements as embodied in model building codes. Developing a portion of each project in detail and extrapolating those tectonics, students will be responsible for integrating program, site and formal analyses, comprehending the ways in which decisions made in each sphere inform the others.


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  • 402bL
    Architectural Design IV
    Architectural Design IV

    Selected areas of specialization; three projects chosen with advisement from a variety of studio offerings that concentrate on different areas of vital concern.


    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 402aL


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  • 500aL
    Comprehensive Architectural Design
    Comprehensive Architectural Design

    Selected areas of specialization; projects chosen from a variety of studio offerings, all with an emphasis on the comprehensive design of buildings. Prerequisite: 402abL. Corequisite: ARCH 501.


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  • 524
    Professional Practicum
    Professional Practicum

    Comparative studies of professional practice between U.S. firms and firms in other countries. Open to international upper-division undergraduate and graduate architecture students only. Graded CR/NC.

     
 
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