Mission & Vision
A thriving creative community is the alchemy of ideas, values, talent, and technique.
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design is a champion of ideas and their articulate expression. Our exceptional faculty teach students to engage the world around them, to see ideas as productive forms of response, and to leverage design and writing as expressions of newly curated perspectives.
Through rigorous inquiry, we interrogate contemporary urban issues and propose possible futures with equal measures of expertise, optimism, and vision. These ideas are grounded in a critical engagement with the history and theory of architecture and the future contingencies of contemporary culture.
As part of the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, our department is in close contact with other forms of creative cultural production, including the UCLA Departments of Art, Design Media Arts, and World Arts and Cultures/Dance, as well as UCLA’s public arts institutions—UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance and the Hammer and Fowler Museums.
Our faculty and students represent a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives. We see this as crucial to fostering a robust intellectual and ideological debate. Across our collective work, a number of values are shared.
Design and its Intellection
The design process is complex alchemy, resulting from clarity of thought and the application of interdisciplinary forms of expertise. We focus on design AND its intellection by teaching rigorous methods of inquiry and research. Design is shaped by the questions we ask, the contexts we interrogate, and the methods of engagement we adopt.
- Model by Miaojie Zhang
- Student review at Perloff Hall
Critical Exploration of Technology
Technology accelerates change to our methods and tools as well as to our contexts. This change often occurs more quickly than our analysis of technology’s effects. We attempt to predict technology’s role in the built environment, envisioning its possible effects for critical reflection.
- Robotics at the IDEAS campus
- Augmented reality demo
Cultivating the Transformative Effects of Media
Ideas are communicated through text, drawings, images, simulations and other forms of representation. As media changes, so too does our ability to communicate and indeed, imagine. We investigate the role of media in the construction and communication of thought.
- Exhibition at the IDEAS campus
- End-of-year student exhibition
Engaging Urban Cultures
The built environment is an expression of the culture generated by social, political, and economic structures. Nowhere is this more visible than in cities. We imagine our urban futures through design and research, developing the ideas and technologies that connect people, environments, and the infrastructures that support them.
- Work by Taoran Zhao