University of Southern California

USC School of Architecture

Integral to undergraduate and graduate studies at the USC School of Architecture, students have the opportunity to participate in wide-ranging global design culture with programs spanning North and South America, Asia and Europe. In spring 2014, students toured the Three Powers Plaza in Brasilia, Brazil.

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 to develop design and research excellence.

The school is located in the center of Los Angeles, 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 practicing architects.

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 Art and Design and the Fisher Museum of Art.

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


Qingyun Ma, M.Arch., Dean

Marc Schiler, M.S., Arch.Sci., Vice Dean

Gail Peter Borden, M.Arch., Discipline Head of Architecture Programs

Douglas E. Noble, Ph.D., Chair, Ph.D. Program, Discipline Head, Chase L. Leavitt Graduate Program of Building Science

Trudi Sandmeier, M.A., Discipline Head of Heritage Conservation Programs

Robert S. Harris, MFA (Arch.), Discipline Head of Landscape Architecture Programs

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: Thomas Phifer, FAIA, FAAR, 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: Brad Cloepfil, AIA, M.Arch.

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

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

Assistant Professors: Rachel Berney, Ph.D.; Kenneth Breisch, Ph.D.; Anders Carlson, Ph.D.; Joon-Ho Choi, Ph.D.; Vittoria di Palma, Ph.D.; David Gerber, D.Des.; Alison Hirsch, Ph.D.; Alvin Huang, M.Arch.; Victor Jones, M.Arch.; Karen M. Kensek, M.Arch.; Kyle Konis, Ph.D.; Alex Robinson, M.L.Arch.; José Sanchez, M.Arch.; Doris Sung, M.Arch.

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

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

Assistant Professors of the Practice of Architecture: Lauren Matchison, M.A.; Dimitry Vergun, M.S.

Adjunct Professors: 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; Lawrence Scarpa, M.Arch.

Adjunct Associate Professors: T. Jeff Guh, Ph.D.; Yo-ichiro Hakomori, Ph.D.; Michael Hricak, M.Arch.; Andrew Liang, M.Arch.; Travis Longcore, Ph.D.; Warren Techentin, M.Arch.; Olivier Touraine, Dipl. Ing. (Arch.); Edwin Woll, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Valery Augustin, M.Arch.; Tigran Ayrapetyan, M.S.; Mario Cipresso, M.Arch.; Janek Dombrowa, B.S. (Arch); Anthony Guida, M.Arch.; Eric Haas, M.Arch.; Christoph Kapeller, M.Arch.; Erik Mar, M.Arch.; Aaron Neubert, M.Arch.; Jennifer Siegal, M.Arch.; Peter Simmonds, Ph.D.; Christopher Warren, M.Arch.

Senior Lecturers: Michael Arden, M.A.; Miller Fong, B.A.Arch.; Sophia Gruzdys, M.Arch.; Edward Lifson, M.A.; Gary Paige, B.Arch.; Susanna Seierup, M.Arch.

Lecturers: Ric Abramson, M.Arch.; Carlo Aiello, M.S. (Arch.); Charles Anderson, MLA; Rosalio Arellanes, M.Arch.; Dana Bauer, M.Arch.; Victoria Turkel-Behner, Ph.D.; Leigh Ann Belloli, B.S. (L.Arch); Rob Berry, M.Arch.; Vinayak Bharne, M.Arch.; Biayna Bogosian, M.S. (Arch.); Justin Brechtel, M.S. (Arch.); Laurel Broughton, M.Arch.; Nefeli Chatzimina, M.S. (Arch.); Mina Mei-Szu Chow, M.Arch.; Victoria Coaloa, M.Arch.; Tony Cocea, M.S.; Lauren Dandridge Gaines, B.S.; John Dutton, M.Arch.; Steven Ehrlich, M.Arch.; Liz Falletta, M.Arch.; Russell Fortmeyer, M.A. (Arch); John Frane, M.Arch.; Emily Gabel-Luddy, MLA; Aroussiak Gabrielian, MLA, M.Arch.; Richard Gooding, M.Arch.; Katherine Harvey, MLA; Jerry Hastings, B.S.; Kathryn Horak, MHP; Ying-Yu Hung, M.L.Arch.; Jason Kerwin, M.Arch.; Jeffrey Kim, M.S.; Tim Kohut, M.Arch.; Andy Ku, M.Arch.; John Lesak, M.Arch.; Lisa Little, M.Arch.; Esther Margulies, M.L.Arch.; Leonard Marvin, MBA; Scott Mitchell, M.Arch.; Kristine Mun, Ph.D.; Eric Nulman, M.Arch.; Jay Platt, M.S.; Mary Ringhoff, M.A.; Michele Saee, M.A. (Arch); Marcos Sánchez, M.Arch.; Kris Sandheinrich, MFA; Lee Schneider; F. Myles Sciotto, M.Arch.; Shannon Scovell, MLA; Colin Sieburgh, M.Arch.; Takako Tajima, MLA; Brian Tichenor, M.L.Arch.; David Ulin, MFA; John Uniack, B.Arch.; Scott Uriu, B.Arch.; Elizabeth Valmont, MBS; Geoffrey von Oeyen, M.Arch.; Roland Wahlroos-Ritter, Dipl.Ing.; Takashi Yanai, M.Arch.; Hraztan Zeitlian, M.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.

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 Advanced Architectural Studies: a 48-unit, three-semester program for students who hold a first professional degree from an accredited school of architecture.

Master of Architecture: a 102-unit, three-year accredited degree for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree with a major other than one of the design professions; 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 96-unit, six-semester curriculum for students with no prior degree in architecture, landscape architecture or environmental design; a 64-unit, four-semester curriculum for students who hold a first non-accredited degree in architecture, landscape architecture or environmental design; a 48-unit, three-semester curriculum for students who hold an accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree or the equivalent.

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 Heritage Conservation and Planning: a 60-unit program leading to the Master of Heritage Conservation and 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.

Certificate in Sustainable Design: This certificate provides students with the tools necessary to understand and quantify sources of energy use in buildings and landscapes and to use design of natural and man-made systems to reduce their energy use. Environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions will be explored through the course work.

National Architecture Accrediting Board Statement

In the United States, most 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 professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-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 require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. 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:

Bachelor of Architecture (160 undergraduate credits)

Master of Architecture (pre-professional degree + 64 graduate credits)

Master of Architecture (non-professional degree + 102 graduate credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2022

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,