inner city arts: los angeles nonprofit school campus

inner city arts: los angeles nonprofit school campus

inner city arts

Location:  Los Angeles, California
Date:  2005-2006 (Phase III)
Type: educational
Firm:  Michael Maltzan Architecture
Role:  Project Coordinator  [Ed Ogosta]
Photos:  Iwan Baan,

AIA California Council Honor Award 2010
AIA LA Design Honor Award 2009

Small Scale, Big Change, MoMA Publication + Exhibition, 2010
New York Times, 02.21.2010
Architectural Record,  February 2009
Collection: US Architecture, Braun Publishers, 2009

Project Description:
One of the most respected non-profit programs in the nation, Inner City Arts is a forward-thinking organization dedicated to arts education for at-risk youth. Set in the grittiest part of downtown LA’s Skid Row, this pro-bono project stretched over a number of years in three phases. The campus consists of a collection of functionally-specific buildings (Library, Auditorium, Ceramics, Photo, Administration, and two Classroom buildings) all arrayed around a central courtyard. Though a white building exterior might usually invite vandalism in such a neighborhood, in fact the opposite has happened; the building has been embraced by the community as a gem of well-needed optimism, and as such is lovingly respected.