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For the past 40 years, SCI-Arc’s collaborative, immersive environment for students, theorists, and practitioners has empowered the next generation of architects. The graduate programs at SCI-Arc attract an internationally diverse student body to speculate and resolve imminent issues facing architecture, starting with present challenges. Both NAAB-accredited programs of study prepare students for leadership roles in shaping our built environment.

Heading titleA Leader in the Field

SCI-Arc ranks in the top 10 across all of the survey’s focus areas, including design theory, construction methods, materials, and sustainability, in both the graduate and undergraduate categories.*

America's Top Ranked Architecture & Design Schools from DesignIntelligence offers a perspective from three key audiences: the professionals who hire architecture and design graduates; the deans, program chairs, and department heads who help form architecture and design education; and the students and recent graduates who have an up-close view of the architecture and design school experience.

Focus Areas

#4 in Design Technologies
#6 in Design Theory and Practice

Most Admired Educators:
Hernan Diaz Alonso

*Rankings according to 2019-20 DesignIntelligence report

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"We provide an environment that encourages an open exchange of creative ideas and technical knowledge through a collaborative educational model with a team of practitioners and theorists at the top of the field."

- Elena Manferdini, Graduate Program Chair

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Heading titleA transformative experience that turns students into architects

The program curriculum moves seamlessly through public symposia, lecture series, technology labs, seminars, computational design, drawing, and modeling, keeping our students engaged at both a mechanical and conceptual level. Our focus on global culture grounded in the physical environment of Los Angeles makes for a unique journey to professional practice.

Heading titleLed by faculty engaged in worldwide architectural practice

SCI-Arc’s faculty is comprised of some of the most dedicated and cutting-edge thinkers in Los Angeles in architecture, culture, history, and technology. Most professors teaching architecture are also active practitioners, which helps build students’ understanding of professional life and an intimate network.

Heading titleAdvanced facilities for production and experimentation

SCI-Arc is proud to offer one of the most comprehensive technologies and advanced fabrication facilities of any architecture school. M.Arch students have access to the SCI-Arc Shop, Robot House, and Magic Box, occupying more than 12,000-square-feet on the campus with the latest additive and reductive manufacturing machinery and programs, and six state-of-the-art Stäubli robots.

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Heading titleInternational connections and opportunities

SCI-Arc attracts students from around the world who join us from countries such as China, Mexico, Japan, India, and Colombia.

Eugenio Superchi

"SCI-Arc's training approach, which is constantly focused on matching architecture and technology to promote experimentation and the search for solutions, is a true opportunity to learn new skills that allow me to grow professionally and in the future be able to interact as an architect within the complexity of the time we live in."

Eugenio Superchi M.Arch
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Heading titlePreparation for Practice

SCI-Arc’s M.Arch 1 and M.Arch 2 graduate programs encourages students to develop a personal point of view through applied research and cross-disciplinary experience.

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Heading titleStudy in the cultural heart of Los Angeles

Site visits and field trips play an important role in the learning process. Fabrication is often driven by automotive, aerospace, and film industries, and access to these industrial innovators helps drive progress for the students, and the school.