USC School of Architecture

Chase Hearn and other USC architecture students got hands-on design experience during “Top Fuel: Filters Funnels Flows,” a week-long “design-build” workshop focused on sustainability. “As an architect, you usually have someone else build what you design,” said Professor Doris Sung, co-curator of the workshop and accompanying lectures, exhibitions and panels. “But in a design-build situation, it’s you who is building. That experience makes you a better designer.”

The USC School of Architecture offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education in architecture and architectural studies, landscape architecture, heritage conservation 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 21st century growth and change. In such an environment the possibilities for teaching and learning are extraordinary.

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 USC Roski School of Fine Arts and the Fisher Museum of Art.

USC School of Architecture
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FAX: (213) 740-8884


Qingyun Ma, M.Arch., Dean

Amy Murphy, MFA, Vice Dean

Victor Regnier, M.Arch., Vice Dean

Douglas E. Noble, Ph.D., Chair, Ph.D. Program

John V. Mutlow, M.Arch. (U.D.), Chair, Graduate Programs

Alice Kimm, FAIA, M.Arch., Chair, Undergraduate Programs

Gail Peter Borden, M.Arch., Director, Master of Architecture Programs

Anders Carlson, SE, Ph.D., Director, Chase L. Leavitt Graduate Program of Building Science

Trudi Sandmeier, M.A., Director, Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation

Rachel Berney, Ph.D., Interim Director, Master of Landscape Architecture Program

Edward R. Bosley, MBA, James N. Gamble Director of the Gamble House


Della and Harry MacDonald Dean’s Chair in Architecture: Qingyun Ma, M.Arch.

Jon Adams Jerde, FAIA Chair in Architecture: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, M.Arch.

MacDonald and Diane Rusling Becket Professor of Community Design: Charles A. Lagreco, MFA (Arch.)

Judge Widney Professor of Architecture: Frank O. Gehry, FAIA, M.Arch.

Nancy M. and Edward D. Fox Urban Design Critic: Dan Meis, FAIA, M.Arch.

A.C. Martin Visiting Professor of Architectural Design: Oliver Schulze, B.Arch.

Professors: Kim Coleman, M.Arch.; Diane Ghirardo, Ph.D.; John V. Mutlow, M.Arch. (U.D.); Victor Regnier, M.Arch.*; Goetz Schierle, M.Arch., Ph.D.Arch.; Marc Schiler, M.Arch.Sci.; James Steele, Ph.D.; John Wilson, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Charles Lagreco, MFA (Arch.); Travis Longcore, Ph.D.; Graeme M. Morland, Dipl.Arch.; Amy Murphy, MFA; Douglas E. Noble, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Rachel Berney, Ph.D.; Gail Peter Borden, M.Arch.; Kenneth Breisch, Ph.D.; Anders Carlson, Ph.D.; David Gerber, D.Des.; Alvin Huang, M.Arch.; Victor Jones, M.Arch.; Karen M. Kensek, M.Arch.; Gregory Otto, M.Eng.; Doris Sung, M.Arch.

Visiting Professors: Manuel Delanda, Ph.D.; Mia Lehrer, FASLA, M.L.Arch.; Jennifer Siegal, M.Arch.

Visiting Assistant Professors: Troy Peters, M.Arch.; Kristine Mun, Ph.D.

Visiting Critics: Paul Danna, M.Arch.; Michael Dobry, M.A.; Steven Ehrlich, B.Arch.; Marc Fornes, M.A.U.D.; John Friedman, M.Arch., M.A.; Joseph Giovannini, M.A., M.Arch.; Rob Ley, M.Arch.; Markus Miessen, M.Res.; Gary Paige, B.Arch.; José Luis Palacios, M.Arch.; Simon Pastucha, B.S.; Roger Sherman, M.Arch.; Cory Ticktin, B.Arch.; Xu Weiguo, Ph.D.; Takashi Yanai, M.Arch.

Professor of the Practice of Architecture: Stefano de Martino, A.A.Dipl.

Associate Professors of the Practice of Architecture: Alice Kimm, M.Arch.; Lee Olvera, M.Arch.; Trudi Sandmeier, M.A.; Selwyn Ting, M.Arch.

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Architecture: Lauren Matchison, M.A.

Adjunct Professors: Douglas A. Campbell, M.L.Arch.; Regula F. Campbell, M.Arch.; Mark Cigolle, M.Arch.; Peyton Hall, M.E.D.; Scott Johnson, M.Arch.; Neil Leach, Ph.D.; David C. Martin, M.Arch.; Murray Milne, M.Arch., M.S.; Lorcan O’Herlihy, M.Arch.; Robert Perry, MLA; James Tyler, BFA, B.Arch.

Adjunct Associate Professors: Gerdo Aquino, M.L.Arch.; Kara Bartelt, M.Arch.; T. Jeff Guh, Ph.D.; Michael Hricak, M.Arch.; Michael Lehrer, M.Arch.; Andrew Liang, M.Arch.; Paul Tang, M.Arch.; Warren Techentin, M.Arch.; Olivier Touraine, Dipl. Ing. (Arch.); Dimitry Vergun, M.S.; Edwin Woll, Ph.D.; Eui-Sung Yi, M.Arch.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Valery Augustin, M.Arch.; Tigran Ayrapetyan, M.S.; Michael Chung, M.Arch.; Janek Dombrowa, B.S. (Arch); Anthony Guida, M.Arch.; Eric Haas, M.Arch.; Christoph Kapeller, M.Arch.; Erik Mar, M.Arch.; Anna Neimark, M.Arch.; Alexander Robinson, M.L.Arch.

Senior Lecturers: Michael Arden, M.A.; Richard Corsini, M.Arch.; David Gray, M.Arch.; Edward Lifson, M.A.; Susanna Seierup, M.Arch.

Lecturers: Ric Abramson, M.Arch.; Carlo Aiello, M.S. (Arch.); Dana Bauer, M.Arch.; Victoria Turkel-Behner, Ph.D.; Vinayak Bharne, M.Arch.; Justin Brechtel, M.S. (Arch); Laurel Broughton, M.Arch.; Daniel Carper, M.Arch.; Mina Mei-Szu Chow, M.Arch.; Mario Cipresso, M.Arch.; Victoria Coaloa, M.Arch.; Anthony Cocea, M.S.; Christophe Cornubert, M.Arch.; John Dutton, M.Arch.; Dora Epstein Jones, Ph.D.; Frank Escher, M.Arch.; Liz Falletta, M.Arch.; Miller Fong, B.A.Arch.; John Frane, M.Arch.; Emily Gabel-Luddy, MLA; Veronica Galen, B.E.D.; Mark Gangi, B.Arch.; Robert Garlipp, Dipl. Ing.; Pavel Getov, M.Arch.; Todd Gish, Ph.D.; Sophia Gruzdys, M.Arch.; Jerry Hastings, B.S.; Ying-Yu Hung, M.L.Arch.; John Kaliski, M.Arch.; Kevin Kavanaugh, B.Arch.; Jason Kerwin, M.Arch.; Jeffrey Kim, M.S.; Christine Lampert, Ex.M.Arch.; Cara Lee, M.Arch.; John Lesak, M.Arch.; Yuyang Liu, M.Arch.; Rebecca Lowry, M.Arch.; Tom Marble, M.Arch.; Esther Margulies, M.L.Arch.; Leonard Marvin, MBA; Scott Mitchell, M.Arch.; Brendan Muha, M.Arch.; Stephan Mundwiler, M.Arch.; Aaron Neubert, M.Arch.; Eric Nulman, M.Arch.; Saran Oki, M.Arch.; Jay Platt, M.S.; Mark Rios, M.L.Arch.; Marcos Sánchez, M.Arch.; Colin Sieburgh, M.Arch.; Peter Simmonds, Ph.D.; Carrie Smith, M.Arch.; Roland Snooks, M.Arch.; Olivier Sommerhalder, Ex.M.A.; Joe Sturges, BFA; Brian Tichenor, M.L.Arch.; Scott Uriu, B.Arch.; Christopher Warren, M.Arch.; Sandra Yum, M.Arch.

Assistant Lecturers: Liz Lagedrost, MLA; Dylan Wood, B.Arch.

Emeritus Professors: James Ambrose, M.S.; Frank Dimster, M.Arch.; Robert Harris, MFA (Arch.); Samuel T. Hurst, M.Arch.; Ralph Knowles, M.Arch.*; Roger Sherwood, M.S.Arch., M.C.R.P.

*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 Science in Architectural Studies: a four-year undergraduate non-professional architectural studies degree program providing specialization in related fields and an alternative path to graduate studies in architecture and other design fields.

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.

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 Heritage Conservation: a 48-unit program designed to prepare individuals for work in heritage conservation and its allied disciplines, including architecture, urban planning, cultural resource management, real estate development, construction and materials conservation.

Master of Landscape Architecture: a 48-unit, three-semester curriculum for students who hold an accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree or the equivalent; a 64-unit, four-semester curriculum for students who hold a first non-accredited degree in architecture, landscape architecture or environmental design; a 96-unit, six-semester curriculum for students with no prior degree in architecture, landscape architecture or environmental design.

Master of Building Science: a 48-unit, two-year program for applicants who hold an architecture, engineering or science-related degree (e.g., Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Environmental Studies, Physics or Mathematics). Students with five-year professional degrees in architecture and a minimum of five years of experience may be given advanced standing.

Dual Degree in Architecture and Planning: a 72-unit program leading to the post-professional 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-, 82- or 108-unit program leading to the Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Planning degrees. Admission to both degree programs is required.

Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture: This program is designed to prepare individuals for university level teaching and professional research and for leadership positions in industry and professional architectural practice.

Certificate in Architecture: The focus of this program is on understanding the broad and complex role of architecture within the urban and cultural context. Studies focus on cities and architecture 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 Master of Architecture degree.

Certificate in Building Science: This program is intended as a supplementary credential for students enrolled in graduate course work in architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, urban planning or related disciplines, and also for practicing design and planning professionals with undergraduate or graduate degrees and related experience.

Certificate in Heritage Conservation: This program is for those who wish to augment their current work in heritage conservation, and for graduate students who wish to obtain a complementary specialization in conjunction with their degree.

Certificate in Landscape Architecture: This program provides an opportunity for professionals  and graduate students to develop understandings and skills related to the basic subjects inherent in the field of landscape architecture.

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 conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The University of Southern California School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

B. Arch. (160 undergraduate credits)
Next accreditation visit for B.Arch: 2013

M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 64 graduate credits)
Next accreditation visit for M. Arch.: 2014

National Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board Statement

The USC Master of Landscape Architecture first professional curricula (three-year and two-year curricula) are accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB). The LAAB conditions of accreditation (including the student performance criteria) are posted on the ASLA Website,