SUPRASTUDIO is a research platform in architecture education based out of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD) that advances experimentation and cross-discipline collaboration among professors, students, and industry partners to expand the boundaries of architectural practice. Students work closely with a leading figure in architecture in a small class setting with 15 students on a dedicated research topic with seminars, critical studies, and related courses  developed to complement each studio’s research theme. Partners from adjacent fields in technology, automotive, aerospace, entertainment and non-profit are brought in as collaborators to identify new areas of research and development. Under the umbrella of UCLA, a premier global research institution, SUPRASTUDIO fills a current void in architecture education by providing a dedicated program for advanced applied research that links education to industry.

During the 2013/14 academic year, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design has studios led by Frank Gehry, Greg Lynn and Thom Mayne.



In the last decade, our environments have become ever more mobile with increasing sensing and processing capability, and therefore with greater intelligence. The next generation of designers should be trained to engage and imagine the potential of dynamic, deformable environments with the situational awareness to adapt and transform smartly. In an effort to reduce the real estate as well as energy footprint of buildings, transformable structures are inevitable. The next frontier in architectural innovation is not shape and complexity but spectacular motion. This 2013 studio will investigate the implications of both moving and intelligent structures.


About Suprastudio

“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

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