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.




Led by UCLA Distinguished Professor and Pritzker Prize winning architect Thom Mayne and Now Institute Director Eui-Sung Yi, the studio is a year-long research investigation at the graduate level in collaboration with The Now Institute, UCLA’s dedicated urban planning and research center with a history of over 10 years of initiatives that span the greater Los Angeles region and abroad. A core advisory group includes Charles Waldheim, Harvard GSD Chair of Landscape Architecture; Alan Berger, MIT Professor of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture; Albert Pope, Rice Professor of Architecture; David Herd, Principal, Buro Happold; and Greg Otto, Principal, Buro Happold.

Birthed from the idea that education should not be pursued in a vacuum, The Now Institute SUPRASTUDIO challenges the paradigm of pure academia with a hybrid approach into new territory that combines disciplined research and professional rigor. Past projects include the award-winning L.A. Now series, new town planning for the City of Madrid, the Float House for residents of New Orleans, and consulting for shrinking post-industrial cities across America. The Now Institute SUPRASTUDIO expands beyond architecture and urban research in the academic sphere to respond to complex, real issues and their spatial manifestations. The complexity of urban phenomena is studied through an interdisciplinary, integrative approach and hybridizes interactions across diverse disciplines. The social, cultural, historical, economic, and political layers that generate today’s modern condition are analyzed before a problem is stated. Prescriptive solutions are replaced with reasoning and relevant design. This model of research, problem formation, and design is the blueprint that will drive intelligent, informed solutions for any other independent scenario.

In facing our complex modern urban condition, SUPRASTUDIO and The Now Institute maintain a rigorous research and design methodology and anticipate an outcome of cultural intelligence, social relevance, and the broader advancement of our urban environment.


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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