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USC School of Architecture

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The design studio serves as the learning laboratory where students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to create exemplary architectural designs.

The USC School of Architecture offers undergraduate and graduate education in architecture, landscape architecture and building science. Its faculty is active in professional practice, in design research, in the supervision of programs at the Gamble House and in extended professional education.

Work in the school is conducted in an intellectual climate which promotes inquiry, introduces principles and values and teaches the disciplines necessary to work in collaboration with other professionals and to develop the common vocabulary essential to effective teamwork in later years.

Significantly, the school is located in the center of the second largest urban region in the country which offers a unique understanding of twentieth century growth and change. In such an environment the possibilities for teaching and learning are extraordinary.

Relatively small in size, the school is highly selective in its admissions and enjoys the strong support of alumni and the professions it serves. The opportunity exists for students to have close contact with faculty, other students and the practicing architects who assist them in their apprentice training.

An architecture curriculum was initiated at USC in 1914. In 1919, a Department of Architecture was created and a separate School of Architecture was organized in 1925. The school shares Watt and Harris Halls with the School of Fine Arts and the Fisher Gallery.

USC School of Architecture
Watt Hall 204
(213) 740-2723
FAX: (213) 740-8884


Robert H. Timme, M.Arch. Dean

Charles A. Lagreco, M.F.A. (Arch.) Associate Dean

Robert Harris, M.F.A. (Arch.) Director, Master of Architecture Program; ACSA Distinguished Professor

Marc Schiler, M.S.Director, Master of Building Science Program

Ted Bosley, M.B.A. James N. Gamble Director of the Gamble House


Della and Harry MacDonald Dean's Chair in Architecture: Robert Timme, M.Arch.

Jon Adams Jerde, FAIA, Chair in Architecture: Kazuyo Sejima, M.Arch.; Ryue Hishizawa, M.Arch.

MacDonald and Diane Rusling Becket Professorship in Community Design: Charles A. Lagreco, M.F.A. (Arch.)

Nancy M. and Edward D. Fox Urban Design Critic: Scott Johnson, M.Arch.

A.C. Martin Visiting Professorship in Architectural Design: David Martin, M.Arch.

Professors: Frank Dimster, M.Arch. (U.D.); Diane Ghirardo, Ph.D.; Robert S. Harris, M.F.A. (Arch.); John V. Mutlow, M.Arch. (U.D.); Victor Regnier, M.Arch.*; Goetz Schierle, M.Arch., Ph.D.Arch.; Roger Sherwood, M.S.Arch., M.C.R.P.; James Steele, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Kim Coleman, M.Arch.; Charles Lagreco, M.F.A. (Arch.); Graeme M. Morland, Dipl.Arch.; Douglas Noble, Ph.D.*; Marc Schiler, M.Arch.Sci.

Assistant Professors: Brian Andrews, M.Arch.; Amy Murphy, M.F.A.

Adjunct Professors: Ed Niles, B.Arch.; Stefanos Polyzoides, M.Arch., M.U.P.

Adjunct Associate Professors: Kenneth Breisch, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Guh, Ph.D.; Karen Kensek, M.Arch.; Michael Lehrer, M.Arch.; Dimitry Vergun, M.S.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Janick Tabencki Dombrowa, M.Arch.; Arthur Golding, M.Arch.; Sarah Graham, M.Arch.; Margaret Griffin, M.Arch.; Yo-ichiro Hakomori, D.E.; Sara Loe, M.Arch.; Ed Woll, M.Arch.

Lecturers: Joe Addo, Dipl.A.A.; Jeffrey Allsbrook, M.Arch.; Michael Arden, B.S.; Lee Buckley, B.A; Benjamin Caffey, M.Arch.; Douglas Campbell, M.L.Arch.; Regula Campbell, M.Arch.; Sarah Dennison, B.Arch.; Katherine Diamond, B.Arch.; Sarah Didvar-Saadi, B.Arch.; Steven Ehrlich, B.Arch.; Timothy Eilers, B.E.D.; John Friedman, M.Arch.; Lisa Gimmy, M.L.Arch.; David Gray, F.A.I.A., M.Arch.; Fritz Haeg, B.Arch.; Peyton Hall, M.E.D.; Michael Hricak, M.Arch.; Victor Jones, M.Arch.; Austin Kelly, M.Arch.; Alice Kim, M.Arch.; Emily Kovner, M.Arch.; David Leclerc, M.Arch.; Anthony Lumsden, B.Arch.; Christy McAvoy, M.A.; Dennis McFadden M.Arch.; Lee Olvera, M.Arch.; Mark Rios, M.L.Arch., M.Arch.; Jade Satterthwaite, M.L.Arch.; Anne Swelt, M.F.A.; Marvin Taff, B.Arch.; Paul Tang, M.Arch.; Warren Techentin, M.Arch.; James Tyler, B.Arch.; Ashwani Vasishth, M.S.Arch.; Li Wen, M.Arch.

Emeritus Professors: James Ambrose, M.S.; Samuel T. Hurst, M.Arch.; Waldo A. Kirkpatrick, M.S.; Ralph Knowles, M.Arch.*

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.

Degree Programs

The School of Architecture offers curricula leading to the following degrees.

Bachelor of Architecture: a five-year undergraduate accredited professional degree program.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture: a four-year undergraduate degree program concentrating on design of spaces in the urban environment.

Minor in Architecture: provides the flexibility of complementing a student's major with an area of specialization.

Minor in Landscape Architecture: provides students with the ability to integrate the natural and cultural profession of landscape architecture into their course of study.

Minor in Urban Neighborhood Studies: a 20-unit program with a focus on neighborhoods as the fundamental building blocks of cities.

Master of Architecture: a three-semester program with two tracks -- one for students who hold a first professional degree from an accredited school of architecture and another for students with pre-professional degrees.

Master of Historic Preservation: a 48 unit program designed to prepare individuals to work in a wide variety of fields in both the private and public sectors including: architecture, planning, historical consultation, real estate development, construction and conservation.

Master of Landscape Architecture: a three-semester program for students who hold a first degree in architecture or landscape architecture.

Master of Building Science: a two-year program for applicants who hold a Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Architectural Engineering or Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from an accredited school of architecture or engineering. Students with five-year professional degrees in architecture may be given advanced standing.

Dual Degree in Architecture and Planning: a 72-unit program leading to the Master of Architecture and the Master of Planning degrees. Admission to both degree programs is required.

Dual Degree in Landscape Architecture and Planning: a 66-unit program leading to the Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Planning degrees. Admission to both degree programs is required.

National Architecture Accrediting Board Statement

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of degrees, the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A program may be granted a five-year, three-year or two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards.

Masters' degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The USC School of Architecture Master of Architecture "+2" program is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board.