University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

School: University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Undergraduate program: Bachelor of Arts
Graduate program: Master of Architecture, Master of Arts, PhD
Number of students: 51 (undergraduate), 206 (graduate)
Number of faculty: 32
Notable alumni: Billie TsienHsin-Ming Fung, Patrick Tighe, Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg of Koning Eizenberg, Tom Wiscombe of EMERGENT
Websites: aud.ucla.edu

Strengths: Four groundbreaking SUPRASTUDIO programs, a stellar faculty that includes Hitoshi Abe, Heather Roberge, Michael Osman, Neil Denari and Pritzker Prize laureate Thom Mayne

The overview: UCLA’s Department of Architecture & Urban Design offers a host of degrees and entry levels for architecture students. Most notably, MArch II students can apply to one of four SUPRASTUDIO programs in which they tackle real-world issues via intensive research to probe architectural design and its cultural and social context. The studios are led by world-renowned architectural minds and collaborate with organizations as diverse as Walt Disney Imagineering, Cirque du Soleil, the City of Madrid and UNICEF. Mayne’s group, for example, recently worked on an intensive study of and master plan for Cap-Haïtien, Haiti’s second-largest city, where preservation efforts have inhibited development.