University of Southern California School of Architecture


The University of Southern California, the ninth-largest private research university in the United States, is located in the heart of Los Angeles, only minutes away from the central business district.

The university enrolls close to 30,000 students, yet the School of Architecture enjoys the intimacy of a student body of 600 students. Founded in 1919, it is the only private school of architecture in the western United States associated with a major research university.

The fundamental premises of the school include: recognition of the interdependence of theory and practice; understanding the basis of architecture as a profound response to the human condition and human experience; and respect for the disciplines of visual form and technology as a means for realization of the objectives of the design process. The academic mission of the school is states in four principal dimensions:

  • To train professionals within the context of a humanistic academic tradition
  • To advance knowledge about the theory and practice of architecture
  • To address social and cultural issues
  • To be a stimulating environment for learning
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