USC School of Architecture

USC School of Architecture
Type Private
Established 1916
Dean Qingyun Ma
Students approximately 750
Location Los Angeles, California, U.S.

The USC School of Architecture is the architecture school at the University of Southern California. It is one of USC's 17 professional schools, offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of architecture, building science, landscape architecture and heritage conservation (historic preservation). The current dean is Qingyun Ma.


The program at USC began as a small architectural department in 1916. Soon after, with the help of the Allied Architects of Los Angeles, a separate School of Architecture was established in 1925. By 1928, majors and degree-granting programs were provided to students. One of the earliest undergraduate programs was the 5-year professional Bachelor of Architecture program. Over the years, the school grew and expanded its influence as one of the premier architecture programs in the country. The school now offers 3 undergraduate degrees, 3 undergraduate minors, 4 master's degrees and 1 Ph.D.


The School of Architecture is located in the Harris Hall and Watt Hall Complex, at the southern end of the USC University Park Campus. The school comprises over 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of design studios, classrooms, galleries, workshops and labs. One advantage of USC's architecture program is the ability for all students to have their own 24-7 personal workstations. Students have access to their projects at all times. Within and adjacent to the complex are three landscaped courtyards. The complex also houses several art galleries and, next door, the "USC Fisher Museum of Art".


The School of Architecture is consistently ranked amongst the best architecture schools in the country. In 2006 and 2007, "Architect Magazine" ranked USC's undergraduate program 5th nationwide. In 2013, Architectural Record ranked USC as the 7th best undergraduate architecture program in the country.

Both the undergraduate "B. Arch" and the graduate "M. Arch" are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The "NAAB" is the sole authority for granting accreditation for professional architecture degree programs.

The Master of Building Science (MBS) degree program was recognized as a "top-notch program" by ARCHITECT: Journal of the American Institute of Architects, in 2009.[1]


Many of the faculty members at the School of Architecture are practicing professionals and researchers. The majority of the faculty are active members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and 14 are Fellows of AIA (FAIA).

Notable Faculty:

Notable Former Faculty:


Many of the students that have graduated from the USC School of Architecture have moved on to be leading figures in the architectural community.


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