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Wallis Annenberg Hall, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
USC Wallis Annenberg Hall
A new era of creativity.
High-tech learning mets an old-fashioned village green.
An open (minded) concept.
The new Wallis Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s state-of-the-art media and innovative design supports cross-disciplinary learning in a high-tech environment.

Reflecting current pedagogical best practices, traditional classrooms merge with flexible, informal learning zones that promote unstructured idea exchange. A media center, broadcast studio and control room provides students with first-hand experience researching, developing and producing media content.

The spacious interior surrounds a central “village green;” this multi-story atrium acts as a gathering space and central hub that connects the school's five floors. Interior glazing references Gothic stained glass windows, while the exterior elevation seamlessly aligns with USC's historic Collegiate Romanesque campus.

In addition to its positive reception from USC faculty, students and leadership, the new facility has also received the Engineering News Record Best Project Merit Award and the Gold Nugget Educational Project Merit Award.
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The new Wallis Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism significantly advances USC's teaching, learning and research capabilities.
Educational spaces merge traditional classrooms with flexible, informal learning zones.
The state-of-the-art facility includes high-tech classrooms and a fully-equipped media center with a broadcast studio and control room.
A central, multi-story "village green" connects the school's five floors.
Interior glazing references Gothic stained glass windows; the exterior elevation aligns with USC's historic Collegiate Romanesque campus.
The new facility received the Engineering News Record Best Project Merit Award and the Gold Nugget Educational Project Merit Award.
This new facility will enable us to expand innovative teaching, research, and service, and spark a new era of creativity among faculty and students.”
Ernest J. Wilson III
Dean
Wallis Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USC
Project Data
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism 2011-00002-000
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Full Service A/E
RSF/GSF
84,870
CONSTRUCTION COST
$41.8 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2014
Project Team
  • J. Peter Devereaux
    FAIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Chairman and CEO
    PRINCIPAL
  • Duane Fisher
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • Rafael Noriega
    LEED AP
    Associate
    Electrical Engineering

  • Daniel Benjamin
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Architecture + Design

  • Sean Bani
    PE, LEED AP
    Principal
    Electrical Engineering Leader

  • Gary Goldblum
    AIA, CSI
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design

  • Bharat Patel
    PE, CEM, LEED AP
    Principal
    Engineering Leader

  • Brent Miller
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Managing Principal

High-tech learning mets an old-fashioned village green.
Wallis Annenberg Hall, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
A new era of creativity.