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WSOA In-Flux is a publishing platform for architecture and interior design 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.




Mission

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.



Vision

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.


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The New American Dream: Designing for Social Prosperity
︎ Studio Eight



ARCH 489
Spring 2020 ︎

Los Angeles


Instructor
Jason Rebillot




Work by B.Arch students Fumiya Ishii, Kevin Medler, Peter Patpatian, Biayna Torossian, Zachary Woxland 



The New American Dream (TNAD) is a studio collaboration between HDR and Woodbury University, which worked on a new urban development typology for Transit Oriented Communities (TOC's) in Los Angeles. We focused on the proposed West Santa Ana Branch of the LA Metro system, a forthcoming light rail line that runs from Downtown LA in the north to Artesia in the south and includes 13 stations along its roughly 20-mile length. TNAD sought to question many of the basic assumptions about society embedded in the normative development model, and our findings are intended to be shared with public agencies, private developers, and civil society. The ultimate goal is to bring a new perspective to the conversation on TOC projects in Los Angeles that aligns with the concept of social prosperity.




Work by B.Arch students Aryana Mazloumian, Joseph Monck, Avery McDougal, Ryana Rangel, Benny Wu



To achieve social prosperity, we propose a model of development that differs from (and improves on) typical developer-driven logics in the following ways: (1) we believe in the sincere integration of functions, creating a synthetic and cohesive whole; 2) we believe in choice, providing the material conditions for multiple lifestyles; and (3) we believe in a model of urban development centered on inclusivity, which- as a general goal- allows for everyone to prosper in the context of new development.








Work by B.Arch students Leonardo Acevedo, Josue Alvarez, Raphael Capitulo, Jose Montano, Saul Santizo 




Catalog Description

This course focuses the architect's leadership role in their community on issues of growth, development, and aesthetics through the study of urban design techniques and practices related to architecture and urbanism. A broad array of urban theories, tactics and strategies, building and space types, landscape and infrastructure design, and politics and policy making are explored through the dialectic between the private and public realms of the diverse urban culture.