UCLA Architecture and Urban Design is a leading player on the international stage of contemporary architecture. Working with world-class faculty from established Pritzker Prize winners to the upstarts of tomorrow, our students integrate the most creative approaches to design, advanced developments in technology, and rigorous approaches to architectural thought available today. Using Los Angeles, one of the world’s greatest 21st century cities as model, laboratory and provocation, innovative programs give students the means and the vision to enter contemporary design culture as architects, urbanist thinkers and critics.
B.A. in Architectural Studies
M.Arch. I / MA in Urban Planning
M.Arch. II - SUPRASTUDIO
Fields of Study
Our unsurpassed faculty in design has developed a curriculum that focuses on formal research and experimentation and insists that architecture and urban design respond proactively to the always-shifting contemporary world. Students engage in the thoughtful investigation of form as socially, politically, and technically determined. Emphasizing the relationships between form, technique, manufacture, environment, and context students learn to discern the underlying principles of organization. Courses in new types of building construction, computational design, and theories of architectural and urban form are all brought to bear on studio work. Advanced studios explore special topics in digital design, contemporary urban form, emerging technologies, and other issues.
Critical Studies explores the history, theory, criticism, and visualization of architecture and urbanism. Drawing on significant transformations in academic scholarship in recent years, the program is fundamentally interdisciplinary. Developments in visual culture, cultural studies, intellectual history, urban studies and critical theory have all been incorporated into the program, creating a dynamic and evolving curriculum. A broad range of courses stress the relationship of architecture and urbanism to their cultural, social, political, and technological milieus. Students are encouraged to understand their historical and theoretical work in relation to the current professional, technological and social concerns of architecture as well as to contemporary design debates.
Emerging technologies for visualization and fabrication are vital to contemporary architectural practice. UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design continues to set the scholastic standard for the integration of cutting-edge technologies into the overall academic curriculum. Our Technology Center provides two large-format mills, two laser-cutters, two 3D printers, and a large-scale vacuum former for student use. Technology seminars and studios focus directly on applying emerging technologies to contemporary design problems using the equipment intensively throughout the quarter.
IDEAS is a platform for cross-disciplinary research and collaborations among students, faculty, and industry partners that questions, challenges and expands the current parameters of architectural practice. Removed from the constraints of a traditional university context at a new satellite campus, IDEAS serves as an incubator looking beyond architecture’s traditional boundaries to explore topics arising from adjacent fields including film, automotive, aerospace, and tech industries to explore rapidly emerging new technologies and possibilities for innovation and interdisciplinary growth. As part of this initiative, the Department has expanded its Masters of Architecture II / SUPRASTUDIO program to feature three studio courses taught by luminaries in the field — Thom Mayne, Greg Lynn, and Frank Gehry. During these yearlong, post-professional studios, students will study with one of the three world-renowned, award-winning architects, focusing on a research theme in collaboration with an industry or nonprofit partner and a broad array of outside consultants. The new applied research platform provided by IDEAS and the expansion of SUPRASTUDIO will allow students to pivot out from traditional architecture to discover new applications for architectural expertise. IDEAS takes a step further with an overarching agenda that will develop into multi-year research initiatives, long-term partnerships with industry, cross-disciplinary lecture series open to the public, and other curatorial projects.
A key element in the success of IDEAS is collaborations with forward-thinking corporate leaders who share our vision of dynamic future environments and want to collaboratively explore solutions to contemporary urban challenges. Previous collaborations with partners such as Toyota Motor Sales, Walt Disney Imagineering, and the National Endowment for the Arts have generated a new set of design problems, research interests, scholarships, and practices to which students, faculty and partners would not have otherwise had access.
To develop and test new design concepts, the IDEAS campus provides access to a 13,000-square-foot facility including an Advanced Technologies Lab which houses some of the largest industrial robots available in a university setting, as well as cutting edge fabrication and 3D printing tools. The new lab offers opportunities to examine not only how robotics and other technologies can change the way buildings are made, but how they can be integrated into architecture and urban design methodology. The Advanced Technologies Lab is sponsored in part by Toyota Motor Sales, which served as a corporate sponsor for A.UD's 2008–09 SUPRASTUDIO Megavoids led by Neil Denari and is an A.UD partner in ongoing initiatives.
IDEAS is located at the Hercules Campus in Playa Vista, CA, a historic site where Howard Hughes built the Spruce Goose aircraft in the 1940s. The Hercules Campus now serves as a technology and innovation hub for creative companies, which include YouTube, Earthbound Media Group, leaders in tech and emerging media, and a changing roster of high production Hollywood films that have included Avatar, Star Trek, and Transformers.
CHAIR: Hitoshi Abe, Design & Technology
Dana Cuff, Critical Studies, Urbanism
Neil Denari, Design
Diane Favro, Critical Studies, History
Craig Hodgetts, Design
Sylvia Lavin, Critical Studies, History, Theory & Criticism
Greg Lynn, Design & Technology
Mark Mack, Design
Michael Osman, Critical Studies, Theory & Criticism
Thom Mayne, Design
Jason Payne, Design
Ben Refuerzo, Design
Heather Roberge, Design & Technology
1317 Perloff Hall
Los Angeles , 90095-1467