Spontaneously founded in 1972 in a warehouse in Santa Monica, California by a small group of liberal educators and students, SCI-Arc – now one of the world's most highly rated architecture education institutions – developed a brand-new form of pedagogy almost by accident. Rejecting the established institutional models of the time, SCI-Arc - originally called the New School - advocated an unbiased, non-hierarchical learning environment where students, educators and administration could work together on an even platform.
That was then; this is now. With a newly appointed director – Hernan Diaz Alonso – the first in over a decade‚ SCI-Arc remains an ever-evolving learning institution bringing together approximately 500 students and 80 faculty members under one very large roof. Now located in a 400-metre-long former freight depot on the east side of downtown Los Angeles, SCI-Arc remains true to its original inceptors′ ideologies, and is still purportedly non-hierarchical. There is a drawback however: despite the lateral learning situation, the fees are anything but egalitarian. Current full-time enrollment for one semester will set you back a very cool 20,131 USD. p (ltv)