Emerson College Building, Hollywood Architecture, Los Angeles Design, Image
Emerson College Hollywood Building
Los Angeles Higher Education Development, California, USA – design by Morphosis
Aug 14, 2016
Emerson College Hollywood is an International Architecture Awards Winner in 2016
Mar 8, 2014
Emerson College Opening
New Futher Education Building by Morphosis for Emerson College
Location: 5960 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA
$85 m college expansion will be unveiled at a grand opening gala on March 8th
Emerson College has announced that Saturday night’s sold out gala to celebrate the opening of Emerson College Los Angeles will be live streamed starting at 8 pm PST/11 pm EST via the College’s website.
Kevin Bright ’76, Emerson College Los Angeles Founding Director, wrote in a message to the Emerson community that, “Highlights will include alumni and student performances, remarks from members of our illustrious host committee, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Emerson President Lee Pelton, Emerson President emerita Jackie Liebergott, and much, much more.”
Feb 27, 2014
Emerson College Building, Hollywood
New Building for Emerson College in Hollywood
Design: Morphosis, architects
Series of Events Will Celebrate the Grand Opening of Emerson College Los Angeles in the Heart of Hollywood
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell among participants
(LOS ANGELES, CA) A week-long series of events—starting with a ticketed gala on Saturday, March 8—will celebrate the grand opening of Emerson Los Angeles (ELA), a spectacular new academic and residential facility that will enable the College to significantly expand its contribution to the city and to the entertainment and communication industries.
Guests scheduled to attend the gala include: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, 13th
District Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars),
Jennifer Coolidge ’85 (Legally Blonde, Two Broke Girls), Larry David (HBO’s Clear
History, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Vin Di Bona ’66 (producer, America’s Funniest
Home Videos), Doug Herzog ’81 (president, Viacom Entertainment Group),
Norman Lear ’44 (producer, All in the Family), Ann Leary ’85 (author, The Good
House), Denis Leary ’79 (FX’s Rescue Me, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll), Maria Menounos
’00 (Extra), Max Mutchnick ’87 (co-creator, Will & Grace, producer, Partners), Sofia
Vergara (Modern Family), and Henry Winkler ’67 (Parks and Recreation, Arrested
Also scheduled to attend the gala are Emerson’s Board of Trustees, chaired by
Jeffrey Greenhawt ’68; Board of Overseers, chaired by Daniel H. Black; and Alumni
Board, led by Patricia Peyton Martell ’84.
Tickets to the gala, starting at $150 per person, are available to Emerson alumni
and parents by calling 617-824-8531, visiting emerson.edu/elagala, or by sending
an email to LA_campaign@emerson.edu.
“Emerson LA will provide our students with an unparalleled hands-on experience
that only living in this great city can offer,” said Emerson College President Lee
Pelton. “The opening of this magnificent building on Sunset Boulevard makes a
statement that Emerson is committed to the City of Los Angeles and to the
entertainment and communication industries for the long term. The work we do
here will solidify Emerson College’s reputation as the world’s leading institution of
higher learning in communication and the arts.”
Designed by award-winning LA-based architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis, the
new building—with its bold structure and sweeping forms—is an architecturally
significant addition to the Hollywood skyline.
The new sustainable facility features a host of innovative amenities designed to
provide students with the opportunity to pursue their creativity. The 10-story
structure can house up to 217 students and includes wired classrooms, an
open-air screening and live-performance space, a Dolby Surround 7.1 audio
post-production suite, a 4K screening room, computer labs, mixing suites, and
a planned green screen motion capture stage.
“In addition to expanding our existing undergraduate program, we will also be
offering workshops, lectures, and other events to Emerson alumni and the
community at large,” said Founding Director Kevin Bright. “We intend to be
fully engaged with the City of Los Angeles and specifically the Hollywood
community. Community service will be a big part of the new ELA,” Bright said.
Emerson students will participate in a minimum of two community service days
per semester. Recently, students participated in the AIDS Walk LA, the Heal the
Bay’s Nothin’ but Sand Beach Clean Up at Will Rogers State Beach, and will soon
participate in the annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit for the Rape
“The building is designed to expand the interactive, social aspect of education,”
said architect Thom Mayne. “We focused on creating with the broader
community in mind—both in terms of public space and sustainable design,”
Anticipating a LEED Gold achievement, the building’s exterior features a
dynamic sun shading system that adapts to changing weather conditions to
maintain optimal indoor temperature and natural light levels. Heating and
cooling of the building is further optimized through an innovative passive
valence system developed by Buro Happold. Additional green design initiatives
include: the use of recycled and rapidly renewable building materials;
installation of efficient water-saving fixtures; a high-performance glass curtainwall
to minimize heat gain; landscaping and a living green wall; and a central
management infrastructure to monitor overall building efficiency.
Now in its 27th year, the Los Angeles program will enroll more than 200
students for a semester–long internship course during the fall, spring, and
summer terms. Since its inception, more than 4,300 students have participated in
the LA program with concurrent professional internships at television and film
studios, music companies, media outlets, marketing agencies, and related
The College has begun developing academic programs beyond the existing
undergraduate internship program that will extend the ELA experience to more
students studying in the College’s School of the Arts and School of
Communication. Additionally, ELA will offer post-graduate, certificate, and
professional study programs.
A series of free events open to alumni, parents, and friends will take place in the
days following the gala, including building tours throughout the week, a lecture
by the architect Thom Mayne, a panel discussion on comedy, a panel discussion
on the evolution of television in a digital world, and more. For information
about these events, visit emerson.edu/ela.
Emerson is also engaged in raising money for the new Emerson Los Angeles
Program. The Future Has Your Name on It! is a fundraising campaign for Emerson
College Los Angeles. It is Emerson College’s first multi-year effort to secure
$20 million or more in private support from individual donors, foundations, and
corporations. Reaching this lofty goal will require the most ambitious fundraising
effort in our history—one that will touch and transform every aspect of the
Jan 3, 2014
Emerson College Hollywood
Emerson College Hollywood
Location: 5960 West Sunset Boulevard, LA, CA, USA
Design: Morphosis, architects
The excitement is mounting throughout the Emerson community and the City of Los Angeles as the College’s stunning new facility prepares to open its doors in January 2014.
Located in the heart of Hollywood at 5960 West Sunset Boulevard, Emerson College Los Angeles will represent the realization of a dream. The College will now have a permanent West Coast presence that will offer a dynamic curriculum to students and will be a gathering place for industry leaders, neighborhood associations, and alumni.
Students move into the new Emerson College Los Angeles in Hollywood in early January 2014, where they’ll find state-of-the-art spaces with cutting-edge technology for everything from theater practice to audio and visual production and live video lectures. Students will even order food from the center’s café using a smartphone app.
Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Thom Mayne, this Los Angeles facility will house approximately 220 students, as well as residence hall staff and several visiting faculty in more than 100,000 sqft of state-of-the-art classroom facilities, production and performance studios, outdoor event spaces, a Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound audio post-production suite, and much more.
Emerson College Hollywood Building – external link to info + visuals of the new building
These are the five main components of the building:
1. A Media Hub
Emerson Los Angeles is a media hub: the entire building has the ability to facilitate any kind of media function. The College is purchasing a slew of top-of-the-line equipment for ELA, including Sony PMWF3 and Sony PMW400 cameras, to help audio and visual students reach their full potential.
2. Audio Mixing Suite
3. Distance-Learning Classroom
4. Executive Screening Room
5. Practice Rooms and More
Emerson College’s Hollywood Branch
The college (from Boston, MA) have constructed a 10-story building designed by the celebrated architect Thom Mayne’s architecture studio, Morphosis, on a vacant lot at Sunset Boulevard and Gordon Street.
The building, reported to cost around $85-million, will house around 224 students in addition to providing academic facilities and ground-floor retail space. The student rooms would be located in the ‘frame’ – akin to the vertical elements of La Grande Arche de La Defense in Paris – two towers that would support a crosspiece to create an open square. Inside would rise a glass pavilion housing the academic facilities.
This academic building follows another US education building by Morphosis for Cooper Union in New York.
Emerson College Hollywood images / information from various sources
Location: 5960 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, Southern California, United States of America
Architecture in Los Angeles
L.A. Architectural Projects
Los Angeles Architecture Links – chronological list
Los Angeles Buildings – Selection:
Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building at the University of California, Irvine, Southern California
Architects: LMN Architects
image Courtesy architecture office
Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building at the University of California
The Archer School for Girls Campus Masterplan, 11725 W Sunset Blvd
Design: Parallax Architects
image © Parallax Architects/Shimahara Illustration
The Archer School for Girls
Redevelopment Project for The Center for Early Education, La Cienega Boulevard / Clinton Avenue, West Hollywood
Architects: Johnson Favaro
photo : Benny Chan
CEE – Center for Early Education West Hollywood
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