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CLIENTUniversity of California, Los Angeles

SERVICESMaster Planning, New Construction, Interiors

LOCATIONLos Angeles, CA

SIZE276,600 sq ft

STATUSCompleted 2013

CERTIFICATIONLEED Gold NC®

ASSOCIATE ARCHITECTWRT Solomon ETC

This 500-unit graduate student apartment and commons complex creates an urban heart for the precinct, and helps to knit together the different student housing and other facilities sprinkled across Westwood. A major pedestrian path—or paseo—runs through the core of the site, reinforcing this connection and giving coherence to previously unrelated urban elements spread across the campus and neighborhood. STUDIOS and WRT Solomon ETC collaborated on the design, embracing the Mission Revival context of the neighboring university and privately-held residential buildings.

View from Gayley Avenue (Photo by Tim Griffith)
View from Gayley Avenue (Photo by Tim Griffith)
Aerial view (Photo: Steve Proehl)
Aerial view (Photo: Steve Proehl)
Entry plaza (Photo by Tim Griffith)
Entry plaza (Photo by Tim Griffith)
View to iconic Fox Theater (Photo by Tim Griffith)
View to iconic Fox Theater (Photo by Tim Griffith)
View along Weyburn Avenue (Photo by Tim Griffith)
View along Weyburn Avenue (Photo by Tim Griffith)

Weyburn Terrace is a true mixture of uses: student housing is supported by Housing Administration offices, lounges, student services offices, and a multipurpose hall with roof deck. The multipurpose hall hosts campus lectures, guest speakers, and student events. A catering kitchen provides services for the entire development on an as-needed basis.

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Stair in Commons Building (Photo by Tim Griffith)
Stair in Commons Building (Photo by Tim Griffith)
Building entry and study area (Photo by Tim Griffith)
Building entry and study area (Photo by Tim Griffith)
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“Weyburn Terrace allows for a rich graduate student experience that provides proximity to academic facilities, reduced environmental impacts, quiet and individualized apartments, and active community opportunities.”

Jeff Averill, former Campus Architect

Paseo (Photo by Tim Griffith)
Paseo (Photo by Tim Griffith)
Site plan
Site plan

Abundant daylight minimizes the use of task lighting, and although cooling is provided, interiors spaces are primarily naturally ventilated. All units are naturally lit. The site development includes bioswales and a drought-resistant landscape. The team made a strategic decision not to provide additional parking.

View to Fox Theater (Photo by Tim Griffith)
View to Fox Theater (Photo by Tim Griffith)
Entry plaza at dusk (Photo by Tim Griffith)
Entry plaza at dusk (Photo by Tim Griffith)

Awards and Press

  • Congress for New Urbanism, Charter Award — 2015
  • Academic Achievement — Hospitality Design Magazine 2014

PHOTOGRAPHYTim Griffith