Southern California Institute of Architecture


Southern California Institute of Architecture

SCI-Arc is a world-renowned center of innovation and one of the nation's few independent architecture schools, offering a Bachelor of Architecture. We are dedicated to educating architects who will imagine and shape the future. Located in the heart of the Arts District of Los Angeles, SCI-Arc is distinguished by its vibrant studios that provide students with a uniquely inspiring environment to study architecture.

Academic Programs

  • Design
  • Art & Design
  • Architecture

Student experience

  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Study Abroad

Application information

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A first-year applicant is a student who has not graduated from high school at the time of application.


A transfer applicant is a student that has earned a high school diploma and has earned college credit after graduating high school.

Additional Information

SCI-Arc was founded in 1972 by a group of faculty and students who wanted to approach the subject of architecture from a more experimental perspective than was currently offered by traditional institutions. Based on the concept of a “college without walls,” SCI-Arc remains one of the few independent architecture schools in the world. 

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Housed in the historic Santa Fe Freight Depot, SCI-Arc is a laboratory of architectural experimentation. During tours of the quarter-mile-long campus, visitors walk through vibrant studios and see students and faculty engaging in collaborative discussions, critiques, pin-ups, and reviews.

Being part of the SCI-Arc community exposes you to so many different people, all coming from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. It also gives you the opportunity to meet a lot of individuals who are currently practicing in the field, allowing you to make important connections and build relationships in the professional world.

Corie Yaguchi, Student, B.Arch/2021
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School location

960 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013, United States of America

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