The Los Angeles Metropolitan Program in Architecture and Urban Design immerses aspiring architects in a multicultural urban setting--rich with amazing learning, practicing, and networking opportunities. The program is designed to engage local architects, alumni, and the many institutions in Los Angeles to support student education and future career goals. In addition to our unique curriculum that will focus on Los Angeles—its architecture, history, urbanity, and culture—we reach out to the local community to enhance our program's learning structure through visiting lecturers, digital design workshops, internships, and public events. This is an exciting program that will introduce students to living and working in Los Angeles, and assist them to begin their careers as contemporary architects. View more information about LA Metro at https://architecture.calpoly.edu/lametro
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Geared towards Architecture students, this program offers students the opportunity to earn major credit while learning, practicing, and living in Los Angeles, CA.
Students earn Cal Poly credit on this program.
Courses - Winter Quarter
- ARCH-452 (5 units) Architectural Design 4.2
- ARCH-420 (4 units) Seminar in Architectural History, Theory and Criticism
- ARCH-480 (3 units) Special Studies in Architecture
Courses - Spring Quarter
- ARCH-453 (5 units) Architectural Design 4.3
- ARCH-443 (4 units) Issues in Contemporary Professional Practice
- ARCH-480 (3 units) Special Studies in Architecture
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Stephen J. Phillips is the Director of the L.A. Metro Program. Contact Professor Phillips at email@example.com.
This program is open to students majoring in Architecture.
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Not actively on academic probation
- Good disciplinary standing
- Approved by the Program Director & nominated by the Architecture Department
How to Apply
- Before you apply to this program, please attend a Study Abroad 101 Workshop
and complete the mandatory Advising Module.
- The application for this program will be open Dec 1, 2019 - Jan 15, 2020. During that time, you will be able to click an 'Apply Now' button on this page. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM IS JANUARY 15, 2020.
- As part of the application process for this program, you will need to get two faculty recommendations, compose a brief personal statement explaining why you are a good candidate for this program, and complete a brief questionnaire listing three back-up program options for this term in case the architecture department does not nominate you to this program.
- This program may require you to submit a separate portfolio in .pdf format to the Program Director.
- Please review the Architecture Program Options Handout
for details on Next Steps and reminders on which back-to-back program combinations should be avoided.
- Admission is not first come, first served. All applications will be reviewed after the deadline. Only qualified applicants who have been approved by the program's faculty director and nominated by the architecture department will be considered for admission to this program.
The Los Angeles Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design immerses aspiring architects in a multicultural urban setting, rich with amazing learning, practicing, and networking opportunities. The program is designed to engage local architects, alumni, and the many institutions in Los Angeles to support student education and future career goals. In addition to the unique curriculum that will focus on Los Angeles - its architecture, history, urbanity, and culture - we will reach out to the local community to enhance the program's learning structure through visiting lecturers, digital design workshops, internships, and public events. This exciting program will introduce Cal Poly Architecture students to living and working in Los Angeles, and assist them to begin their careers as contemporary architects.
The L.A. Metro Program will incorporate a two-quarter suite of fourth-year courses offered in the Winter and Spring Quarters. Students will live in Los Angeles and return on occasion to Cal Poly to participate in reviews and exhibitions.
The design studio will be a regular full studio meeting MThF that will focus on design, theory, technology, and urbanism - most likely an extremely technology driven institutional/infrastructural multi-use project located in Los Angeles. The first quarter will emphasize research, site analysis, diagramming, programming, and architectural studies and schematic design investigations. The second quarter will emphasize design development, technology, detailing, wall sections, skin studies and rendering/presentations skills.
During the Winter and Spring Quarters there will also be professional studio/internships on TW (12-16hrs/wk total) that will count for educational credit. These internships will provide students a valuable work experience that will assist them to find jobs when they graduate and introduce them to the Los Angeles architecture community. Firms participating include: AC Martin Partners, Ball Nogues, B+U, Eric Owen Moss Architects, CO Architects, FreelandBuck, Griffin Enright Architects, Marmol Radziner, Michael Folonis Architects, Morphosis Architects, Montalba Architects, MURMUR, Neil M. Denari Architects, NBBJ, PATTERNS Architects, Patrick Tighe Architecture, CalliosnRTKL, Shimoda Design Group, Synthesis Design + Architecture, Tom Wiscombe Design, WTARCH, ZGF, among others. Every reasonable effort will be made to match students to an internship program of their interest and/or choice. Internship opportunities, selections, and assignments will be determined during the Fall Quarter for Winter Quarter—Winter Quarter for Spring Quarter. Students will have opportunities to intern in two different offices. Many of these internships are paid in addition to receiving educational credit; students are encouraged to seek AXP hours towards licensure as applicable.
A History/Theory seminar will be offered in the winter or spring and will fulfill the Arch. 420 requirement. A practice seminar will be offered in the winter or spring and will count toward the Arch. 443 requirement.
Additional faculty teach in the program alongside the director in studio design, practice, and/or history/theory. There are also added guest lectures, office visits, building tours, symposia, field trips, digital workshops, mid and final reviews, and varied public events planned to incorporate, introduce, and involve students within the greater Los Angeles area - its rich and vibrant history and contemporary design culture. Supplementing the design studio, these events will be held either in our studio and seminar space, or at off-site venues, and at other institutions or architecture offices. There is typically one field trip to New York City or another national location as part of the program to visit other architecture school, urban cultures, buildings, and offices. Field trips are at the student’s own expense.
The program receives generous outside sponsorship from a number of sources: HMC Architects Designing Futures Foundations; Morphosis Achitects; Theatre DNA; CSDA Design Group; ARC American Reprographics Company; CO Architects, Bulthaup, and AC Martin Architects.
In 2017, we began offering the Morphosis Fellowship which provides a 6-month paid internship at Morphosis Architects from June through December prior to participating in the LA Metro Program. This Fellowship among other award and scholarship opportunities (The CO Architects Travel Award and the AC Martin Scholarship) are provided to LA Metro Program Students only through a separate application process once already accepted into the LA program.