Otis College of Art and Design Campus Expansion

Otis College of the Arts has always been an inventive, evolving place. Its story began in Westlake in 1918, when the L.A. Times’ founder donated land. The school’s faculty fueled the craft-to-art movement, nurtured light and space artists and Los Angeles muralists, then moved the college into a former IBM building in Westchester in 1997.

A 225-bed dormitory was added, as well as three levels of studio space for the fashion design department and a plinth combining student services with a pre-fab shop building.
Existing structures connect with new ones via red staircases. The neutral metal skins we designed for the façades of the new mixed-use complex reflect light and mimic the texture of folded fabric.
We also prioritize sustainability. A photovoltaic array ensures renewable power and a green roof, underground storm-water system, vertical glazing, and sensor lighting protect resources. The hardscape surrounding the buildings captures and reflects sunlight, conserving energy while complementing the brightness of the campus’s design.