July 1, 2011

SCA Complex Wins Architecture Award

Grand Prize at Los Angeles Architectural Awards

The School of Cinematic Arts Complex has been the birthplace to many award-winning works of art. Each year, films, video games, scholarly articles and works from other media go on to win accolades from the entertainment industry. On June 30th, the building itself joined the ranks of SCA award-winners, being named the Grand Prize winner at the 41st Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards.

The SCA Complex

“We are honored to be named the winners of the Grand Prize Award at the Architectural Awards,” said Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “The building stands as a testament to the power of collaboration. What we have accomplished wouldn’t be possible without the generosity and guidance of the School’s many friends and supporters. It has been such a joy to watch our students transform the building into a home.”

The awards were held at the Los Angeles Marriott and the keynote speaker was world-renowned architect Thom Mayne.

“It’s a great honor to win the grand prize in a field of so many beautiful new buildings, and a testament to the vision of the many people who lent their talent and support to this project,” said Doug Wellman, the Associate Dean of Facilities and Operations at SCA. “Most importantly, this beautiful building will be the launching site for generations of talented young filmmakers.”

The Cinematic Arts Complex, completed in 2010, is comprised of seven main buildings, totaling 200,000 square feet. The award comes shortly after the announcement that the School of Cinematic Arts is entering the third phase of its construction including a new building. The as of yet unnamed building will house the School’s newest divisions, including the Interactive Media Division, the Institute for Multimedia Literacy, and the Media Arts and Practices Ph.D. Program. The four-level facility will include offices, laboratories, classrooms, and a digital theater.

The new building will break ground in August.