In 2013, The School of Architecture began a transformational process to address the role of faculty, staff, administrators and students in increasing participation of individuals from groups that have been underrepresented and underserved in higher education and in the professional disciplines of our programs. The central vehicle for this initiative was the generation of a School of Architecture Diversity Plan by a committee that consisted of SoA faculty and staff, and University administrators. In 2020, the committee was renamed the Design Justice Committee, and the Plan recrafted to incorporate student voices empowered by historical protests worldwide.Apply Request Information Take a Tour
Woodbury School of Architecture’s goal is to guarantee access, opportunity, and advancement for all students, faculty, and staff in every stage of Woodbury education and career development, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of underrepresented groups. In line with the University’s mission of education for all people, and the School’s mission of design in service to the pressing issues of our time, the Design Justice Action Plan provides tools to help our students become innovative leaders with a deep commitment to social justice.
The SoA fosters a total environment that respects and welcomes differences, amplifies student voices, communicates with transparency and urgency, and celebrates inclusiveness.
The SoA works toward the development of a more inclusive pedagogy, and considers all forms of diversity, equity and inclusion as they affect the educational process.
The SoA establishes partnerships and external alliances that provide resources to eliminate economic barriers that prevent the full participation of underrepresented groups.
The SoA crafts pathways to guarantee access, opportunity, and advancement for all students, faculty, and staff in every stage of Woodbury education and career development.
Chair of Interior Design Christoph Korner was part of the GRAFT team that curated the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale to explore architectures of division and inclusion. The Unbuilding Walls exhibition responded to current debates on nations, protectionism and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon.
This studio explores two extreme scales of urban design, the tactical and strategic, while engaging semi-public spaces on the campus of the National Health Foundation’s Recuperative Care Facility in South Los Angeles. Students design outdoor amenities on the grounds of the facility.
Professor Marcel Sanchez-Prieto’s Apan Social Housing project is part of the research “From The territory to the Inhabitant” commission by INFONAVIT among 90 proposals to study rural housing in Mexico, and the selected 32 built housing prototypes exemplify an approach for different climatic and cultural needs.
Woodbury School of Architecture is expanding outreach in Los Angeles through mentoring for high school students. Discover the school’s recent partnership with the STEM Academy Hollywood. The goal is to give students greater insight into careers in architecture, and to help them build connections to the profession. The program also provides a way for alumni to give back.
Your gift doesn’t have to be large, it’s your ongoing commitment that counts the most. Explore the many ways that you can help support the university and preserve the Woodbury experience for future students.
Consider giving in other ways as well, through service on advisory boards and committees, attending events or being a mentor to students. Contact us if you are interested in getting involved.
Woodbury welcomes and encourages feedback as we work together toward a campus culture that truly values diversity and inclusiveness for all. You can find a series of resources in the links below:
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As an institution of higher learning, we are both complicit in systemic inequality and a potential incubator for its disruption. We at Woodbury School of Architecture choose disruption. That is why our call this year is for the School of Architecture to address climate justice.
Untitled (Dunes), near El Centro, CA, 2010, Courtesy Victoria Sambunaris/Yancey Richardson Gallery
This fund supports the educational aspirations of our students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting the well-being of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, and/or queer (LGBTQ) communities.
The School of Architecture Fund provides a unique opportunity to help shape the future of education by helping students to realize their unique, personal design vision, while developing technical, theoretical and communicative skills. By investing in the fund, you will provide the flexible funding the school needs to implement innovative ideas, meet its highest priority needs, respond quickly to emerging opportunities and invest in areas of the highest potential.
The vision of ACE at Woodbury University is to empower students to improve underserved communities through design, business and media. ACE connects students and faculty with nonprofit and governmental organizations to realize projects for the public.
Students work collaboratively across disciplines to combine skills and test their fields of study on real projects and local issues. Reinforcing the capacity of young generations to create impact, ACE projects are made to benefit the common good: architectural design/build works, business plans for organizations, graphic design, films, journalistic and creative writing, and other services. Framing opportunities to make a difference, ACE supports student learning through inclusive and socially equitable research, outreach and engagement.
Your gift helps support ACE student activities. For more information about ACE projects, see Agency for Civic Engagement.
As a professor, Nick Roberts understood the value of student experiential learning. Nick’s legacy lives on with the Nick Roberts Endowed Scholarship Fund which is designed to support Woodbury School of Architecture students in their study away experiences throughout the world.
The Norman R. Millar Scholarship Endowment was established to honor Dean Millar’s sixteen year legacy of educating architects and designers. Annual income from this endowment will support Woodbury School of Architecture student scholarships.
The San Fernando Valley chapter of AIA (AIA|SFV) has gifted an endowment to Woodbury University’s School of Architecture. The American Institute of Architects is a professional association whose members are comprised of licensed architects and dedicated to furthering the architecture profession in local communities. Since 2001, AIA|SFV has awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships to over 120 Woodbury School of Architecture students. Proceeds from the endowment will go toward funding scholarships to architecture and interior architecture students at the Burbank campus. Support for this endowment will directly benefit our students.
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