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USC School of Architecture

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Internships are an integral part of their education for students at the USC School of Architecture. Many of the best architectural firms in Southern California partner with USC to give students the opportunity to work directly with design professionals on current building projects.

The USC School of Architecture offers undergraduate and graduate education in architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation and building science. Its faculty is active in professional practice, in design research, in the supervision of programs at the Gamble House and Freeman 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
Scott Johnson, M.Arch., Director, Master of Architecture Program
Sara Loe, M.Arch., Assistant Director, Master of Architecture Program
Douglas Noble, Ph.D.,* Director, Master of Building Science Program
Kenneth Breisch, Ph.D., Director, Historic Preservation Program
Mark Rios, M.L.Arch., Director, Landscape Architecture Program
Ted Bosley, M.B.A., James N. Gamble Director of the Gamble House


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

Jon Adams Jerde, FAIA, Visiting Design Professors in Architecture: John Enright, M.Arch.; Margaret Griffin, 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: Amedeo Petrilli, Dottore in Architecttura

A.C. Martin Visiting Professorship in Architectural Design: Joseph Giovannini, 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.; Marc Schiler, M.Arch.Sci.; Roger Sherwood, M.S.Arch., M.C.R.P.; James Steele, Ph.D., Robert H. Timme, M.Arch.

Associate Professors: Kim Coleman, M.Arch.; Charles Lagreco, M.F.A. (Arch.); Graeme M. Morland, Dipl.Arch.; Douglas E. Noble, Ph.D.*; Mark Rios, M.Arch., M.L.Arch.

Assistant Professors: Brian D. Andrews, M.Arch.; Amy Murphy, M.F.A.; Thomas Spiegelhalter, Dipl. Arch.

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

Adjunct Associate Professors: Kenneth Breisch, Ph.D.; Karen Kensek, M.Arch.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Janek Tabencki Dombrowa, M.Arch.; David Fletcher, M.L.Arch.; Yo-ichiro Hakomori, Ph.D.; Christoph Kapeller, M.Arch.; Gerald Knowles, M.Arch.; Sara Loe, M.Arch.; Susanna Seierup, M.Arch.

Adjunct Visiting Assistant Professors: Lee Olvera, M.Arch.; Selwyn Ting, M.Arch.

Part-time Adjunct Professors: Arthur Golding, M.Arch.; T. Jeff Guh, Ph.D.; Paul Reling Tang, M.Arch.; James Tyler, B.F.A., B.Arch.; Edwin Woll, Ph.D.; Dimitry Vergun, M.S.

Lecturers: Richard Abramson, M.Arch.; Annie Allison, M.F.A.; Jeffrey Allsbrook, M.Arch.; Michael Arden, M.A.; Valery Augustin, M.Arch.; Christopher Artemus Aykanian, M.Arch.; Kara Bartelt, M.Arch.; Dana Bauer; Aaron Bentley, MSAAD; Mark Bittoni, M.Arch.; Henry Buckingham, M.Arch.; Pamela Burton, M.Arch., ASLA; Benjamin Caffey, M.Arch.; Mina Mei-Szu Chow, M.Arch.; Michael Chung, M.Arch.; Christopher Coe, M.Arch.; Richard Corsini, M.Arch.; John R. Dale, S.M.Arch.Sci.; Katherine Diamond, B.Arch.; Steven Ehrlich, B.Arch.; John Enright, M.Arch.; Liz Falletta, M.Arch.; Glenn Fearon, M.Arch.; Miller Fong, B.A.Arch.; Joseph Giovannini, M.Arch.; David L. Gray, M.Arch.; Margaret Griffin, M.Arch.; Fritz Haeg, B.Arch.; Peyton Hall, M.E.D.; Michael Hricak, M.Arch.; Georgina Huljich, M.Arch.; Andrea Keller, M.Arch.; Christopher King; Andrew Liang, M.Arch; David C. Martin, M.Arch.; Christy Johnson McAvoy, M.A.; Melanie Moossaian, M.L.Arch.; Deborah Murphy, M.Arch.; Ed Niles, B.Arch.; Amedeo Petrilli, Dottore in Architettura; Claire Robinson, M.B.A.; Jade Satterthwaite, M.L.Arch.; Kazuyo Sejima, M.Arch.; William Shepphird, M.Arch.; Niloofar Shokoohy, B.Arch.; Mark Stankard, M.A.; Joe Sturges, B.F.A.; Marvin Taff, B.Arch.; Warren Techentin, M.Arch., M.A.U.D.; Martha Welborne, M. Arch., M.C.P.; Li Wen, M.Arch.; Whitney M. Wyatt, M.Arch.; Eui-Sung Yi, M.Arch.; Nabih Youssef, M.S.

Emeritus Professors: James Ambrose, M.S.; Samuel T. Hurst, M.Arch.; 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. Not available for architecture majors.

Minor in Landscape Architecture: provides students with the ability to integrate the natural and cultural profession of landscape architecture into their course of study. Not available for architecture majors.

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

Master of Architecture (two tracks): The first track is a 48-unit, three-semester program for students who hold a first professional degree from an accredited school of architecture. The second track is a 64-unit, two-year accredited degree for students holding a pre-professional degree with a major in architecture.

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 48-unit, three-semester program for students who hold a first degree in architecture or landscape architecture.

Master of Building Science: a 48-unit, 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 three types of degrees, the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a six-year, three-year or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its degree of conformance with established educational standards.

Master's 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 Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture "+2" program are accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board.