Victoria Coaloa

Adjunct Associate Professor


B.Arch, Sci-Arc

Victoria Coaloa is a designer, educator and architect-developer. She is interested in emergent housing typologies as they relate to density, the evolution of the contemporary family structure, micro economics and the effects that these forces have in the shaping of the city.Victoria’s approach is multi-disciplinary, expanding her research and praxis through collaborative projects and publications that allow for unexpected and insightful ways of approaching architecture and design. Victoria is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California (USC), where she teaches advanced and core design studios in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. She is a Visiting Professor at the "Asia Architecture and Landscape Urbanism"(AALU) program in China. Victoria received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Southern California Institute of Architecture in 2004 (SCI-Arc). She then continued her studies in Wolf Prix’s master class at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Universität für angewandte Kunst). While in Europe, she worked at Coop-Himmelb(l)au as design architect until her return to Los Angeles in 2010. During that time, Victoria worked on large scale institutional and mixed-use projects, including built work such as The BMW World in Munich, The Busan Cinema Center in Korea and The Dalian Conference Center in China.

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Currently Teaching
  • 424L
    Field Studies in Architecture
    Field Studies in Architecture
    Assignments rely principally on field trips and field research, while additional readings, class discussions and research will be utilized to develop a body of information and method of critique. Field research will focus on the first-hand observation, analysis, and documentation of existing buildings and their contexts so that lessons-learned can inform the design methodology applied in studio. Students will be challenged to articulate their analyses with respect to the specific urban, temporal, and cultural contexts. There will be ten assignments for each course: nine specific assignments and one assignment that you may choose the subject of yourself.
  • 425L
    Field Studies in Urbanism
    Field Studies in Urbanism
    The focus of ARCH 425 is on urban spaces, including parks, plazas, and urban(re)development projects. The field study of these urban spaces also provides an opportunity to understand the complex role of the architect-designer in the design of urban spaces. As a critical component of the urban environment, landscape architecture will be an important aspect of this class. These investigations will employ analytical methods, representational techniques, and speculative inquiry into the fundamental spatial and infra-structural elements of the city. Your research will be documented and communicated through mapping, plans/sections/elevations, diagrams, photo documentation and text.
  • 426L
    Field Studies in Tectonics
    Field Studies in Tectonics
    Buildings embody a series of performative criteria that form the fundamental motives for an architectural task. These functions are critical considerations in building design and are accomplished within the context of technological and economic possibilities. The focus of the course will be on technology in architecture, with an emphasis on structure, materiality, construction, material and assembly, and sustainability. Using annotated photo documentation, notations, and diagrams these criteria will be analyzed to explore how technology affects the form, the assembly of the architectural response, and, ultimately, how technology is integrated into the methodology of accomplishing the greater architectural goals of the building.
  • 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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