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A school of architectural thinking.

Located in downtown Los Angeles, SCI-Arc is a world-renowned center of innovation and one of the nation’s few independent architecture schools, offering undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs. We are dedicated to educating architects who will imagine and shape the future.

The school is located in a quarter-mile-long former freight depot in the Arts District of Los Angeles. It is distinguished by the vibrant atmosphere of its studios, which provide students with a uniquely inspiring environment in which to study architecture and design.

An integral part of the emerging cultural hub of a city with a tradition of architectural experimentation, SCI-Arc is devoted to finding radically new responses to the real needs and aspirations of today’s world.

We offer students a unique experience as they pursue their degrees. Our approximately 500 students and 80 faculty members—most of the latter practicing architects—work together in a fluid, nonhierarchical manner to rethink assumptions, create, explore, and test the limits of architecture.

  • Message from the Director

    SCI-Arc is always expanding and raising its ambitions. In our globalized era, design matters like never before, and we have the capacity to astonish the world by demonstrating all the different ways in which design can transform it.

  • Mission Statement

    SCI-Arc teaches architects to engage, speculate, and innovate; to take the lead in reimagining the limits of architecture.

  • History of SCI-Arc

    SCI-Arc was founded in 1972 in Santa Monica by a group of faculty and students from the Department of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona, who wanted to approach the subject from a more experimental perspective than traditional schools offered.

  • Rankings

    SCI-Arc ranks 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.