SCI-Arc turns 40

Fisher, Mangurian, Rotondi, Howard, Hodgets, Mayne and Gehry

KCRW has a posted a longish and well-informed history of SCI-Arc. The school was started by a brash bunch of students and faculty walking out of another southern California institution: Cal Poly Pomona. Eventually, these students and teachers found a place to start a new school in Santa Monica, in a space initially described as a “warehouse-cum-LSD factory.” The institution has changed a lot, eventually relocating from Santa Monica to downtown LA and slowly evolving into an influential and respected body of architectural academics. As the school turns 40, KCRW asks: “has SCI-Arc moved toward the proverbial center, or has the center simply moved closer to the edge?”

August 21, 2012 / By