SUPRASTUDIO is a post-professional program that leads to a Masters of Architecture II degree. Students engage in real-word issues through intensive research to develop new methodologies of architectural design. The program offers extensive research opportunities in studios led by world-renowned figures in architecture. SUPRASTUDIO partners student researchers with industry collaborators exploring topics as diverse as strategic thinking, sustainability, contemporary culture, lifestyle, Artificial Intelligence, autonomous mobility, sensing technology, robotics, extreme environments, the journey to outer space, virtual reality, entertainment production performances, and media-enhanced experiences.

Students have the opportunity to investigate architectural design and its cultural and social context to further their educational agenda. For example, students may engross themselves in a master-plan for a futuristic city for 10,000 where everyone is connected and uses autonomous cars led by Craig Hodgetts; or they could rethink the static buildings that house event performances to produce architecture that employs advances in temporary staging/pop-ups, robotized movements, and light led by Mark Mack; or they can tackle comprehensive critical analyses on the modern history and politics of cities, data-driven research of planning infrastructure and social issues, concluding with design proposals developed in collaboration with city governments and community partners led by Thom Mayne; or they could investigate the intersection between the digital and the physical worlds, looking at the cusp of living in mixed realities where interactive environments challenge traditional fabrication techniques and spatial assemblies with virtual and augmented realities, robotics and smart space applications led by Guvenc Ozel.

Previous collaborations with Walt Disney Imagineering, Toyota Motor Sales, Boeing, Cirque du Soleil, City of Los Angeles, City of Madrid, JumpStart Fund / Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc., Gehry Technologies Inc., Mayor’s Institute on City Design, National Endowment for the Arts, President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, UNICEF, and UNESCO have already generated a new set of design problems, research interests, scholarships, and practices to which students, faculty, and collaborators would not have otherwise had access.

Learn more about our programs at one of our Live On-Line or On-Site Information Sessions. 


Applications due January 6, 2017





Studio: Craig Hodgetts


Craig Hodgetts 

Current Studio Blog

Hodgetts SUPRASTUDIO Spring newsletter

Known for their innovative and earth-shattering Hyperloop SUPRASTUDIO from 2014-15 Craig Hodgetts with Marts Nowak continue their collective research culture focusing on Congestion – the fight for space, for land, for bandwidth, for opportunity, for resources – that has become the hallmark of modern society. This is true on the freeway, on the internet, and in the competition for take off and landing at major airports. Although various algorithms have been developed to manage these competing flows -  of information, of traffic and so forth - the pervasive overload of the systems we depend on is reaching a critical level.

SUPRASTUDIO Gridlock will develop a kind of acupuncture to identify and help to resolve strategic points at which architecture and urban design can be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. The answer may lie in an holistic approach to building and infrastructure, or in a highly specialized building component. The operative word is to be fully engaged with the resources available and consequences of an addition, such as a building, to the urban fabric, and to take responsibility for its impact, negative or positive, upon the context.
This means that for the design of a school, for instance, the contribution of its presence to surrounding gridlock might demand a more flexible program with facilities that can adapt to a schedule that is out of sync with, lets say, the working hours of the parents, or that can be managed with distant learning as a component of the program.
Fifty years ago, and English architect, Cedric Price, proposed an educational system he called “Potteries Thinkbelt” it was arranged along an abandoned industrial corridor and provided a stimulating, flexible learning environment which was linked to an extended spine of rehabilitated industrial buildings.
More and more, it is becoming apparent that an architect’s training enables us to think positively about a whole range of future interventions that reach beyond bricks and mortar to design systems of information, societal systems, and templates for physical intervention. 
Gridlock is our metaphor for the many challenges that will be facing architects in the future as they move away from the design of single buildings to projects which wrestle with the very problematic conditions of the modern environment. 

Studio: Mark Mack



Current Studio Blog

Mack SUPRASTUDIO Spring newsletter


Can architecture and urban design disciplines integrate the temporary techniques and practices used for concert staging, festival architecture, and digital projection to create more intensive, immediate, shared, and urban experience? SUPRASTUDIO Mack 17 will explore and expand on previous research conducted through current studio projects to examine explore the global activity of future trends and local tendencies in temporary architectural and urban design. Utilizing both the cultural diversity of A.UD students and faculty along with selective emerging and historically challenged world sites, the studio will challenge the urban environment to elaborate on the creation of temporary and collective constructions.

Music, Theater, and Visual Art conspire in their desire to remove us from the normative world and transport us into the realm of new sensual possibilities. Conceptual architectural thinking and spatial speculations inherent to the academic architecture discipline will infuse this SUPRASTUDIO to consider performance-based disciplines that transform spatial ideas beyond their limitations typically connected to real architecture.

These emerging architectural techniques and practices create an exciting new urban space that makes up our shrinking public space, by utilizing other dimensions to this discourse to direct our intentions to new future urban environments. The exploration of these new temporary urban territories and ready-made architecture will allow us to arrive at a new sensual, engaging, immersive and changing urban environment.

Music, Stage and EDM performers at various festivals and events have produced temporary high octane backgrounds to communicate their immediate messages. Most of these events are consumer and entertainment based, while they are technologically advanced, they invariably lack intellectual rigor, viable urban connectivity, and intelligent content. On the other hand, progressive theater performances, music productions, and even traditional urban design are often based on elite cultural assumptions and static environments.

This SUPRASTUDIO will explore global trends and examples of temporary urban installations to create projects in collaboration with industry and cultural partners, further researching the possibilities for emerging artists and architects to generate new fields of interaction designing evocative temporary structures, buildings, and installations for the public urban realm.

*William Shakespeare., As You Like It. All the world’s a stage, / And all the woman and men merely players.”


Studio: The Now Institute


Thom Mayne/The Now Institute

Current Studio Blog
tudio spring newsletter

Thom Mayne / The Now Institute is a yearlong urban planning and research SUPRASTUDIO hosted at UCLA’s Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD), with a focus on the investigation and application of urban strategies to complex problems in modern advanced metropolises and informal settlements.

Led by Pritzker Prize-winning architect and UCLA Distinguished Professor Thom Mayne and Director Eui-Sung Yi, the Now Institute is a product of over 10 years of research initiatives in collaboration with A.UD’s SUPRASTUDIO and establishes a new territory that integrates academic and professional pursuits that span cities across the United States and the world, including Los Angeles, New Orleans, Madrid, Beijing, Port-au-Prince, and Cap-Haïtien. The Now Institute focuses on the investigation and application of urban strategies, working with cities affected by challenges of resilience, culture, sustainability and mobility. The results of these initiatives have included publications such as L.A. Now Volumes 1-4, Madrid Now, and the 720-page Haiti Now visual almanac; realized projects such as the Float House for the Make It Right Foundation; and provided consulting for cities and government entities, with the Culture Now Project, the Cap-Haïtien studies and proposals, and, currently, the UCLA Grand Challenge Sustainable LA initiative. Additionally, the Institute provides a platform for collaborating with diverse leaders and agencies, such as the RAND Corporation and the Mayor’s Institute on City Design.

The Now Institute has, over more than a decade, published four volumes of L.A. Now, a project which arose from a need to examine the imminent issues facing Los Angeles and address them through a combined series of research and speculative urban design proposals. The project took a wide lens to Los Angeles, including an analysis of existing demographics and culture, population growth, energy and emissions, infrastructure and transportation. Volume 1 functioned as an urban field guide, a neutral and nonpartisan data set from which citizens and planners could draw interpretations and assessments. Volume 3 took a more active role producing urban planning design solutions for downtown LA, winning Architecture Magazine’s prestigious P/A (Progressive Architecture) Award in 2005. The work produced here on behalf of the UCLA Grand Challenge builds on the L.A. Now series and is a natural extension of the studies produced therein.



Studio: Guvenc Ozel


Guvenc Ozel

Current Studio Blog

Ozel SUPRASTUDIO Spring newsletter


TransArchitectures: On Ecosystems of Technologically Enhanced Media Worlds Building up on our ongoing research on artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality and computational design systems, the Transarchitecures studio will explore the intersection of the physical and virtual worlds as a synthesized, synthetic reality.


Architecture is currently at the cusp of a paradigm shift, where the environments we occupy become exceedingly virtual and mobile. Considered as an ecosystem of technologies rather than tectonic assemblage of materials, architecture is shifting toward a non-static and non-physical form of experience, opening up potentials for it to be considered as a transdisciplinary medium that merges the worlds of fabrication, gaming and media design. Considered from this perspective, the studio will explore environmental applications of media in the form of virtual and augmented reality, sensor interaction with environments, and real time control and transformation of architectural spaces. The studio will research these ideas through a re-thinking of architectural typologies that are primarily concerned with display and representation of objects and consumption of media, such as museums, exhibition halls, movie theaters and other spaces of public display and exchange of information, images and sounds.
Telepresence and the New Representation of Self:
From this perception of architecture as enhanced by and built with media, the studio will investigate scenarios where occupants of such architecture have the ability to travel between the digital and physical worlds. Through the proliferation of social media, virtual avatars, sensory simulations and holograms, current and future forms of technological communications have the ability to simulate experiences with precision and without relying on the physical presence of their subjects. In these radically different new social environments, architecture is conceived as a cyberphysical system, designed not only for the use of people but also for the digital occupancy of avatars as the new subjects of architecture. Through questioning the role of representation in the process of constructing realities and environments, the studio will focus on the potentials of such virtual tools to formulate a reformed agenda for the role of the digital in the contemporary practice of architecture.


About The Program

About The Program

Serving as an incubator for UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, IDEAS is at the vanguard of the 21st century with a post-professional degree program focused on real-world issues. IDEAS differs from a traditional educational model in its ambition to develop new methodologies for creating architectural design.

Globally recognized for its innovative platform that aggregates rigorous cross-disciplinary design research, IDEAS creates successful collaborations among students, faculty, and industry leaders to question, challenge and expand the current parameters of architectural practice. The platform is also an engine to explore architecture in conjunction with Los Angeles’s most prevalent industries and forward thinkers leading the fields of design, entertainment, aerospace, transportation, and technology. 








Industry Partners

Industry Partners

A major factor to the success of IDEAS is the ability to forms teams among SUPRASTUDIOS and collaborators who together explore contemporary urban challenges. The IDEAS incubator has brought design, technology, and research to breakthroughs in high profile crowd-sourced projects such as Hyperloop, high-performance architecture with Boeing and Cirque du Soleil, 3D-printing design and technology with Autodesk and urgent issues of sustainability with UNICEF in Haiti. This new model of education investigates practical matters to prepare graduates who create architecture and design for the future.

For information on partnerships, please contact Valerie Leblond, IDEAS Program Director at valerie.leblond@aud.ucla.edu






IDEAS Campus

IDEAS Campus

To create and build new design concepts, the IDEAS campus provides a studio environment adjacent to technology laboratories with access to two of the largest industrial robots available in a university setting, cutting edge fabrication, 3D-printing and augmented reality tools.

IDEAS operates in a 15,000 square-foot facility located in a dynamic neighborhood of Culver City in Los Angeles, approximately 8 miles south of the main UCLA campus in Westwood. The neighborhood is an eclectic former industrial area transformed through contemporary architectural interventions since the late nineteen-eighties that serves as home to creative design and entertainment companies.

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“Industry often uses the language of architecture to speculate on the future of their fields. SUPRASTUDIO works with these partners in collaborative research, and opens up the future possibilities for architecture, from the outside in.”

Hitoshi Abe
Chair, UCLA Architecture & Urban Design