SCI-Arc Arts District Anchor Project

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Funding Received: 2012
Los Angeles, CA
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months
October 21, 2013

New mural in the Los Angeles Arts District by artist Tristan Eaton; photo by Kevin Nguyen/SCI-Arc


SCI-Arc’s creative placemaking project, which encompasses the design and construction of two new arts venues and assistance with planning for a third arts venue, is now complete. SCI-Arc’s indoor Hispanic Steps and Outdoor Pavilion now have been built and the two venues are now open to the community. The Hispanic Steps are used as an informal gathering space at the center of the SCI-Arc’s campus, especially as a reception area before and after events. They are located next to SCI-Arc’s café and have become a convenient place to linger and eat, or to have a discussion or presentation.

The Outdoor Pavilion has been used for the SCI-Arc Graduation ceremony. The final Pavilion is very similar to the original design, with three volumetric cubic forms wrapped in a textile cladding. Lines have been painted on the grounds to track where the Pavilion will cast shadows throughout the day.

A design has been finalized for the One Santa Fe Theatre by RSA Architects and construction on the overall One Santa Fe development is scheduled to be complete by August 2014. Michael Maltzan, the architect behind One Santa Fe, is scheduled to speak at SCI-Arc on the evening of November 13, 2013 in a lecture that will be open and free to the public. This will create an open forum where the community can convene at SCI-Arc and ask questions about the project.

Recent Wins
An old-fashioned video arcade bar is opening the Arts District and is being designed by SCI-Arc faculty member, Darin Johnstone

Airbnb hosted a five-day interactive event at locations throughout Los Angeles, one of which was at the site of SCI-Arc’s new outdoor installation in honor of Lebbeus Woods

Coverage of an upcoming lecture at SCI-Arc, where the public can come in and learn about the One Santa Fe development across the street and talk to its designer, Michael Maltzan