Located in downtown Los Angeles, SCI-Arc is a center of innovation and one of the nation’s few independent architecture schools.

SCI-Arc is always expanding and raising its ambitions. In our globalized era, design matters like never before, and we have the capacity to astonish the world by demonstrating all the different ways in which design can transform it.


SCI-Arc’s mission is to reimagine the very edges of architecture, educating architects to engage, speculate, and innovate.

SCI-Arc was founded in 1972 in Santa Monica by a group of faculty and students who wanted to approach architecture from a more experimental perspective than traditional schools offered.