Scott Uriu

Adjunct Associate Professor


B.Arch, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

Uriu is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and teaches Graduate and Undergraduate architecture design at the University of Southern California (USC). He has previously taught at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) since 2009, and Woodbury University 2009-2011. He has also lectured at the Southern California Institute of Architecture; Nanjing Southeast University School of Architecture in China; the Architectural Society of Shanghai in Shanghai, China; the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA); the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; the Roy and Edna Disney California Arts Theater; and Woodbury University.

He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from California State Polytechnic Pomona in 1993 and studied at the Architectural Association in London, Diploma Unit 7 from 1992-1993. Uriu also was an undergraduate mathematics major at the University of California, Davis in 1991.

Uriu worked as an architect at Gehry Partners for over 7 years. In 2005, he co-founded Baumgartner+Uriu, for which he is both Design Principal and Partner. Scott Uriu is a licensed architect and Baumgartner+Uriu is a full-service architecture firm that has worked on projects both nationwide and abroad. The architects’ work has comprised cultural locations (including museums, concert halls and exhibition spaces), educational and transportation facilities, master planning and urban design, offices and mixed-use developments, restaurants, and residential work.

Baumgartner+Uriu’s work was recently exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, California; at the FRAC center in Orleans, France; the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France; the 12th Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy; the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, the SCI-Arc Gallery, the Next Nest exhibition at SITE in Santa Fe, the Architecture and Design Museum (A+D) in Los Angeles; the 2011 AIA Emerging Professional exhibition in Washington D.C.; the Milan Stadtkrone 2030 Exhibition in Milan, Italy; the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria; at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc); and the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design in Hollywood, California.

Two monographs have been published on Baumgartner+Uriu’s work. The most recent one, B+U- Designpeak 12, was published by Equalbooks and part of its monograph series. Baumgartner+Uriu’s work has also been widely published and discussed in books magazines and newspapers such as Architectural Record, Architects Newspaper, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Angelino, Azure, Futuristic, FORM, Future Arquitecturas, B-1 magazine, Architecture Live 6, REM, Elemente, Construction and Architecture, Light-Color-Sound Interior and Design, Dialog, 360 Modern Architecture, arcCA, Mark, 1000 x Architecture of the Americas, DAMDI portfolio and the Venice Biennale catalogue; as well as on television and radio.

Baumgartner+Uriu’s is an award winning firm and in 2017 received the AIA-Next LA Award, and in 2016 the Blueprint Award for Best Design Innovative Project. He was awarded as a City of Los Angeles Master Artist in 2015, received a Graham Grant in 2014, along with the Maxine Frankel Award for design research (2010), the AIA national award for emerging professionals (2011) and the A+Award for sustainability (2012).

Currently Teaching
  • 202aL
    Architectural Design II
    Architectural 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.

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  • 411
    Architectural Technology
    Architectural Technology
    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 313 Technology is presented not as a post-facto application enabling an architectural idea, but as one of many modes of concurrent thinking an architect must develop. This course promotes understanding the logics and details of construction technologies as they contribute to the production of architecture. Both conventions and experimentations in building assemblies will be studied to link technical considerations to design development. Focus on emerging technologies and concerns, along with proven techniques and means, will encourage awareness of all facets of constructional potentials. Students will learn fundamental detailing principles, and implement those principles in order to test through making. Possibilities and limitations of various constructional systems will be explored, with an eye towards seeing assembly systems as the nexus of various kinds of performance.
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