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Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Why SCI-Arc?

Independent Education

SCI-Arc was founded in 1972 by a group of faculty and students who wanted to approach the subject of architecture from a more experimental perspective than what was being offered by traditional institutions at the time. Nearly 50 years later, SCI-Arc remains one of the few independent architecture schools in the world.

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A Practicing Faculty of Leading Educators

SCI-Arc was founded on the idea that architects should teach what they practice and continues to uphold that practicing architects can best communicate to students the complex realities of thinking about—and making—architecture.

SCI-Arc’s faculty is primarily comprised of practicing architects, which gives students pragmatic insight into the profession and connects them with opportunities for professional internships and employment outside the school.

Representing some of the most dedicated and cutting-edge thinkers in architecture, culture, history, and technology, SCI-Arc faculty are actively shaping the global discourse and consistently receive recognition for their contributions to education and the field of architecture.

Isabella de Souza Spina 2018 Thesis

The Value of a Professional Degree

In the United States, most architecture registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional program as a prerequisite for licensure. SCI-Arc’s B.Arch program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), allowing graduates to pursue architectural licensure for professional practice.

Leveraging a liberal arts education with the technical training critical to success in design-related fields, the B.Arch curriculum is at the forefront of technology, enabling students to conceive and execute sophisticated architectural solutions for the twenty-first century.

Students will learn the importance of environmental stewardship, materiality, and project delivery methodology within the framework of entrepreneurship to realize their design ideas in the public realm.

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