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

Crafted around a central “village green” concept, the open, multi-story framework facilitates the seamless, uninterrupted flow of both traffic and ideas, promoting teamwork and collaboration among students and faculty as they partner together to research, develop content and produce media. This central atrium is utilized as a multi-level gathering space, establishing a central, orienting hub that connects the structure’s five floors across a variety of learning spaces.

Reflecting current pedagogical best practices, traditional learning spaces are intertwined with flexible, informal learning zones that promote serendipitous encounters and unstructured idea exchange. Moveable walls and furniture adapt learning spaces for both individual and group instruction, supporting a wide range of teaching and learning styles.
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Reflecting its dynamic approach, the completed project has been honored with both the Engineering News Record (ENR) Best Project Merit Award, and the Gold Nugget Educational Project Merit Award.
The collegiate gothic elevation is a natural extension of the collegiate romanesque style of USC’s existing historic buildings.
Interior glazing is colored and patterned to reference the stained glass common to the gothic era, while providing privacy to programmed spaces.
The building includes a Media Center with workstations and a feature assignment desk, and a broadcast studio and control room.
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
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USC
High-tech learning environments centered around an old-fashioned village green.
Wallis Annenberg Hall, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
A new era of creativity.
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