Certificate in Architecture

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The focus of this program is on understanding the broad and complex role of architecture within the urban context. Studies focus on cities throughout the world where conditions of increasing density, environmental challenges and cultural complexity require design initiatives that support amenity, sustainability and cultural meaning. The certificate is open to graduate students not pursuing a degree in Architecture.

Paul Sheene

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Completion of the certificate program requires a minimum of 14 units.


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Following is the program curriculum for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.  For previous years, please consult the online USC Catalogue archive.


The USC Catalogue is the document of authority for all students. The program requirements listed in the USC Catalogue supersede any information which may be contained in any bulletin of any school or department. The university reserves the right to change its policies, rules, regulations, requirements for graduation, course offerings and any other contents of this catalogue at any time.


Core Courses Units
514a Global History of Architecture  3
514b Global History of Architecture 3
558 Fundamentals of Place-Making 2*
562 Architecture Themes and Case Studies 2
563 Contemporary Architectural Theory 2
  Electives 2


Sample Electives (as approved by Program Faculty Advisor or Director) Units
511L Building Systems: Materials and Construction 4
515L Advanced Environmental Systems 4
519 Sustainability in the Environment: Infrastructures, Urban Landscapes, and Buildings 3
550 Heritage Conservation Policy and Planning 3
553 History of American Architecture and Urbanism 3
561 Urbanism Themes and Case Studies 2
564 Descriptive and Computational Architectural Geometry 2
606 Advanced Architectural Theory 2
607 Advanced Computation 2
608 Urban Theory: Los Angeles Case Study 2
609 Advanced Fabrication 2
614 Contemporary Issues in Architecture: A Critical Dialectic 3


* Students in the Master of Heritage Conservation Program should substitute core class ARCH 558 with another elective.  Students with a previous design based degree (or are currently enrolled in one), may be able to substitute ARCH 558 for an elective.