The prime export from Los Angeles is cultural innovation, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is no exception. The school’s Master of Architecture degree is an agile pirate ship of education: it seeks uncharted territory, past the barriers where other institutions will not navigate and enables students to be uniquely propelled into the conversations which become the proving ground of the architectural vanguard.

As one of the few independent architecture schools in the US, SCI-Arc’s administration is uniquely autonomous; all resources are dedicated to assist students, faculty, and the public in the examination of architectural ideas.

The school offers two NAAB accredited M.Arch programs, which allow students to pursue architectural licensing in the US. M.Arch 1 is for those with an undergraduate degree in any field of study whereas M.Arch 2 students come to SCI-Arc with an undergraduate education in architecture.

Both M.Arch programs complete their studies with a thoroughly researched independent architectural thesis, which they present in a public exhibition with numerous guest jurors from respected institutions across the globe.

SCI-Arc’s studio pedagogy is centered on the idea of the practicing architect as educator, which exposes students to learning from a faculty of renowned instructors with a distinct ability to advance leading design theory beyond the thresholds of academia. The M.Arch programs are led by Elena Manferdini, who contributes more than fifteen years of professional experience creating art and architectural projects in the US, Europe and Asia to her role as SCI-Arc Graduate Program Chair.

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