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Redefining architectural education in a major research university.
Los Angeles is a city beaming with possibility. As home to UCLA, an expanding and culturally diverse population, and new businesses in virtually every industry, change in the urban infrastructure is urgent and necessary.
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design is a champion of ideas and their articulate expression. Our exceptional faculty teach students to engage the world around them, to see ideas as productive forms of response, and to leverage design and writing as expressions of newly curated perspectives. These ideas are grounded in a critical engagement with the history and theory of architecture and the future contingencies of contemporary culture. Through rigorous inquiry, we interrogate contemporary urban issues and propose possible futures with equal measures of expertise, optimism, and vision.
Our vision is to champion and expand the influence of architecture in society. We don’t simply train architects and urban designers; we train educators, scholars, curators, and artists. Our students produce compelling projects and impact culture broadly across the intersecting vectors of design, media, technology and urbanism.
The tools and curriculum of architecture and urban design are rapidly changing research, design and construction in all aspects of the built environment. Your generosity helps to support scholarships, improvements in technology and digital fabrication, student travel, and more.
Four graduate students presenting their final studio design work
Student model from a design studio with Jimenez Lai
Professor Neil Denari introducing his design studio
Female graduate student presenting her final design project
Professor Dana Cuff providing feedback to graduate students as part of their final review
Graduate student models from Gabriel Fries-Brigg’s 414 Major Building Design Studio
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