WSOA In-Flux is a publishing platform for student work launched by Woodbury School of Architecture in 2020.

Woodbury School of Architecture is distinguished by its multiple locations at the heart of the Southern California creative industries: Los Angeles, Hollywood and San Diego. Together, these sites form a critical infrastructure for architectural investigations.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students to effect positive change in the built environment, to tackle theoretical debates, and to take on architecture and interior design as critical practices. We educate our students as entrepreneurs, citizen architects, and cultural builders equally committed to professional practice, theoretical discourse, social equity and to formal and technological inquiry.

Our faculty are architects, designers, academics and policy makers practicing in Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana. This internationally recognized and award-winning group works closely with students to teach the skills required to push the limits of practice.


Good design is a human right. Woodbury School of Architecture produces graduates who affirm the power of design to improve the built environment and the lives of others by addressing the pressing issues of our time. We transform our students into ethical, articulate and innovative design professionals prepared to lead in a world of accelerating technological change.


The future belongs to Woodbury. Woodbury School of Architecture creates an environment that empowers our students to impact the future of the profession through meaningful built work. We imagine a world in which there are no disciplinary rights or wrongs, where diverse and sometimes contradictory values collide to generate new ideas, design innovation, unexpected practices, and the means to expand the influence of our discipline.

Woodbury School of Architecture offers a welcoming environment for students to develop their own unique design voice.  We approach the design disciplines multi-dimensionally, teaching a range of pedagogies and design methodologies. Our students leave Woodbury with the confidence to engage in local and global discourse.

Through engaged faculty-student interaction, we transform our students into innovative professionals with a commitment to the power of good design. Our students and faculty share a commitment to sustainable practices, community outreach and civic engagement.

Our School of Architecture is among the first 14 accredited architectural programs to be accepted for participation in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative. Successful students will have the opportunity to have an architectural license upon graduation.

We believe that our school is a role model for the direction in which the profession is heading – improving gender parity and ethnic diversity among its members, and reaffirming the importance of ethical conduct and social responsibility. Ours is a welcoming community for every race and orientation, and we resist acts of intolerance in favor of thoughtfulness, generosity and kindness. The economic, ethnic, and academic backgrounds of our students reflect Southern California itself. We are determined to provide a place for open debate, the respectful airing of differences, and for rich forms of expression and imagination.

Site running on Cargo

Smooth Criminal ︎ Degree Project Studio

ARCH 431
Spring 2021 ︎

Los Angeles

Anali Gharakhani

Work by B.Arch student Joseph Monck

In architecture, the term “ornament” has been deemed taboo for some time. As a much-debated topic, architectural ornament has been scrutinized, criminalized, victimized and dissected for centuries. While the use of ornaments in certain styles of architecture is still revered, its contemporary place has yet to find solace and is often subject to ridicule.

Work by B.Arch student Stephanie Greene

Using Gottfried Semper’s “Style in the Technical and Tectonic Arts; or, Practical Aesthetics” as the primary underpinning document to pull from, students establish a series of specific self-driven investigations and methodologies to examine whether ornament can make a comeback in the realm of architecture while considering its origins in the art world.

Work by B.Arch student Ulysses Hernandez

Students select sub-topics, around which to build a body of research, critical analysis and a thesis. Smoother Criminal explores the conceptual, physical, formal, phenomenal, behavioral, performative, and sensory qualities of architectural ornamentation as a means of remediating its relationship to the current cultural landscape.

Work by B.Arch student Fumiya Ishii

Catalog Description

Through a rigorous level of clearly resolved work, students must demonstrate the application of theoretical research and positioning, plus the ability to integrate site, program, and other design issues in a self-initiated architectural design project incorporating a high degree of critical thinking, skill, and craft.