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The Village, University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

Student Housing and Retail Expansion

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"The USC Village will be an architectural masterpiece. It will look like a medieval Tuscan village redefined for the 21st century."

C.L. "Max" Nikias, University President
  • Multi-Phased Academic and Commercial Development. The USC Village will create a 30-acre expansion of the downtown campus ultimately providing over 3 million square feet of new student housing, amenities, retail, and academic spaces.


  • Initial Phase Site Rendering showing the South Plaza view from Jefferson Blvd. and Hoover Blvd. The South Plaza Paseo provides a primary avenue for students to enter the complex. The final project will ultimately develop a total of 30-acres to the North of the USC campus, and be completed in three Phases.
  • Drone's-eye video shows it: USC Village making tremendous progress / Video Courtesy USC
  • The view to the Central Plaza envisions a "residential college" atmosphere emphasizing a strong community connection and university focus similar to Yale, Harvard, and Oxford.
  • The view from the Recreational Space shows a combined public and residential open space configuration.
  • The view from the Watt Way Paseo highlights a primary connection to the main USC campus across Jefferson Blvd.
  • The view to the Main Entry Plaza presents the iconic tower in the background with graduate housing over retail spaces in the foreground emphasizing a student housing village with university focused retail.
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony “This is by far the biggest thing USC has ever done and probably ever will do. We are growing to the north in a big way,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said in a statement. Nikias is to lead the groundbreaking ceremony, which will be attended by other campus leaders and representatives of city and county government.
  • The formal groundbreaking was Monday (09.15.14), with the target completion date in fall 2017.The design, all in the so-called Collegiate Gothic style that echoes much of USC’s campus, surrounds a plaza that officials said they hoped would become a public gathering place.
  • Replacing a now-demolished shopping center along Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street, the new USC Village is to include living space for 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in five-story residence halls, a large grocery store, a drugstore, a fitness center, restaurants and other shops.

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people involved in this project:

J. Peter Devereaux

FAIA, LEED AP
Chairman and CEO

Albert H. Sawano

AIA, LEED AP
Architecture + Design Leader

Brent T. Miller

AIA, LEED AP
Los Angeles

Daniel S. Benjamin

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Architecture + Design Leader

Jeremy Hsu

AIA, NCARB
Corporate & Commercial Design Studio

Jonathan A. Tudan

AIA, LEED AP
Project Management

Choong Kim

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Architecture + Design

Bharat Patel

PE, CEM, LEED AP
Engineering Leader

Sean Bani

PE, LEED AP
Electrical Engineering Leader

Dimitris N. Klapsis

RA, LEED AP BD+C, CGBP
Architecture + Design

R. Douglas Keys

AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, RIBA
Project Management

Bruce A. Weinstein

AIA
Architecture + Design

Michael Bulander

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Architecture + Design Leader