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USC School of Architecture

USC Architecture

USC School of Architecture

Design Excellence

The USC School of Architecture is emerging in its 100th year anniversary as both a prism honoring a long legacy of innovation, and as a dynamic future-forward platform for educating and inspiring citizen architects—architects and design leaders making contributions to the improvement of their communities. 

With 760 students and 120 faculty members, USC Architecture surpasses the reach and scale of most other programs nationwide. We analyze problems and create design solutions that both respond to the challenges of our time and embrace the promise of a better built environment.

USC Architecture offers programs that contribute to the full arc of student development. From high school—through our Exploration of Architecture summer program—to post-graduate, the school is committed to providing students with an exceptional range of educational experiences. Increased financial support will help expand upon the extraordinary programs already in place and provide support for student scholars.

Emergency Funds Supporting Students and Faculty

The USC School of Architecture is dedicated to the health and well-being of our students. Their ability to thrive in pursuit of excellence and innovation is of the utmost importance. Please consider contributing to one or more of the following funds in support of fellow Trojans undergoing hardships, experiencing unmet needs, or working diligently to offer life-saving design solutions due to the effects of COVID-19.

USC School of Architecture Student Emergency Fund

The USC School of Architecture Student Emergency Fund was established to provide students funding for specific, short-term emergencies, or immediate financial assistance that cannot be achieved by utilizing available university services and resources.

USC School of Architecture Emergency Response Design Fund

When there is an emergency, our faculty respond with innovative design solutions. The USC School of Architecture established the Emergency Response Design Fund to provide grants for faculty-led design efforts in immediate assistance, guidance, and support for communities in need. As of April 2020, Operation PPE (personal protection equipment)—a network of local design firms, alumni, faculty, and students—have 3D-printed 2,750+ masks and 2,000+ face shields for Keck Medicine of USC, LAC+USC Medical Center, and other local hospitals.

The University's COVID-19 Response

USC has established four funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help support all areas of the Trojan community. These funds include the USC Student Basic Needs Fund, Keck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response FundUSC Community Outreach Fund, and USC Employee Support Fund.

A group of scholarship recipients from the class of 2019: Andrew Fabry, Sarah Ladhani, David Garey, Ka Ming Jessica Lai, Grace Kim, Ilayda Kal, Jessi Jacobowitz, Joselyn Fonseca Palacios, Mengyi Xu, Yidan Yu, Jasper Leong

A Message of Thanks from USC Architecture Scholars

“I have found so much value in the relationships I have built and the ideas I have learned and shared in the architecture field. My studies have inspired me to pursue a career in socially and environmentally responsible design. I feel so grateful for the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Architecture at USC. Thank you again for the generosity you have gifted to me.”

Jessi Jacobowitz, ’19, Victor Regnier Endowed Scholarship, Clinton and Marion Ternstrom Endowment Scholar, Chase L. Leavitt Traveling Fellow

“After receiving the news (and crying with joy), I wanted to express my sincere gratitude towards your generosity. As life after graduation is just around the corner, I have decided to focus on pursuing my license while I work, continuing to absorb the practice of architecture. My larger aspiration is to return to my hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas with a greater breadth of knowledge and experience, and give back to the community that raised me through the establishment of my own practice.”

Lyndsey Smith, ’19, Anthony Marnell II/Architectural Guild Endowed Scholar

“I transferred to USC three years ago and your scholarship has given me the confidence to further pursue my degree. As a student who received this scholarship, I am not only thankful but also touched by your spirit of helping students to pursue their dreams and I sincerely wish one day I can do the same.”

Zida Liu, ’19, Ted & Rosemary Tyler Endowed Scholar

“As a student studying abroad in Asia next semester, I am very grateful for this scholarship. Studying abroad can help advance my career and help me to see a variety of opportunities and cultures I would not have the chance to see otherwise. I would just like to thank you for your support in helping me achieve and pursue my goals.”

Chaila Johnson, ’20, Robert A. and Helen Kennard Endowed Memorial Scholar

For more information about supporting USC Architecture, please call 213.821.5408 or email