Grand Award - UCLA Southwest Campus Housing

Packing a couple thousand graduate students into 11.4 acres is no easy feat, particularly when it involves knitting 840 units of campus housing into a dense urban framework without overshadowing the old-growth neighborhood next door (Westwood Village, circa 1922).

While the center of the seven-building project is marked by classical styling and a quad with lawns (an appropriately collegiate touch), the architecture turns Spanish colonial on the outside, incorporating features such as wrought-iron balconies, tile, and plaster detailing, in deference to the original design guidelines for Westwood Village.

Meanwhile, the site plan exploits a significant grade change, carving two levels of underground parking into the parcel's sloping terrain. Along the project's southwest edge, where the entrances to two podium garages sit at grade, the building mass is downscaled, and rows of two- and three-story townhomes create an enclosure for the podium courtyards.

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