Valery Augustin

Associate Professor of Practice; Director of Global Studies


B.Arch., University of Miami; M.Arch., University of California

Prior to establishing his own practice, Professor Augustin was a designer at a number of internationally recognized firms including Swanke Hayden Connell Architects in London, England; Oppenheim Architecture and Design in Miami, Florida; and Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects in Los Angeles, California. Actively involved in the design profession as an educator and a practitioner, Professor Augustin teaches at the USC School of Architecture and is principal of the Los Angeles based design firm Dn/A, a multi-disciplinary practice engaged in architecture, interiors, and exhibition design. Alongside commissioned projects, Dn/A also pursues theoretical investigations and research focused on urban issues and architectural representation.

Professor Augustin’s work has been exhibited at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and at galleries in Miami and Los Angeles. In 2004, he curated and designed an exhibition titled Recent Departures at the UCLA. In 2006, Professor Augustin led a multi-disciplinary team of architects, planners, and developers participating in PropX, Inventing the Next LA; an invited competition aimed at providing new approaches to urban problems such as affordable housing, homelessness, traffic, and sustainability.

Currently Teaching
  • 106x
    Workshop in Architecture
    Workshop in Architecture
    This course is an introduction to the processes involved in the creation and understanding of architecture. The workshop, designed for architecture minors and non-architecture majors, is a project-based laboratory involving drawing and model making, with no previous design or drawing experience needed. The course is structured around projects executed in class throughout the semester, a series of readings and discussions, visits to sites of architectural interest and a term paper. Over the course of this class, you will develop: - A preliminary architectural vocabulary - Basic 2D and 3D technical and freehand drawing skills - Basic model making skills - An understanding of the methods through which architecture communicates ideas and intentions - An understanding of the role which architectural history plays in shaping the work of contemporary architects - An understanding of how the architect conceives, creates and executes a project Most of the learning in this course happens in class, through workshop projects and through exchange of ideas with your instructor and classmates. Therefore, participation and engagement in class are required. There is a natural progression to the classes; projects and readings build upon each other. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to meet with the instructor for instructions and materials to complete the missed assignment before the next class.
  • 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.
  • 423
    Light, Color and the Character of Material
    Light, Color and the Character of Material

    Does not require D-Clearance.

    Registration restriction: Not open to students with Freshman/Sophomore standing.

    This seminar examines light, color and the character of material as a collection of medium for making worlds. Through linking various arts and design disciplines as a departure and overview for the course subject, Arch 423 exposes students to a spectrum of approaches in theory and application, drawing influences from nature, technology, and the vernacular. Class exercises aim to develop a number of visual concerns across object-oriented analysis to atmospheric and environmental construction. In the course of employing digital and analogue techniques, students will synthesize a repertoire of advanced graphic experiments for weekly progress and learning.

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