USC Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center


Los Angeles, CA


University of Southern California

Design Architect

Pfeiffer Partners Architects

Project Size

55,000 SF

The USC Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center on the University of Southern California campus is the three-story red brick home for the new USC Kaufman School of Dance. This world-class facility houses a studio performance space, five medium and small dance studios, dressing rooms, four classrooms and offices for faculty and administrators. The third floor features a large collaborative space for dance majors.

Large Gothic arched openings bring generous amounts of natural light into the spaces and create monumental openings for entries into the building. A grand staircase and radial walls serve a multi-story lobby at the main entrance, and the skin of the building is Roman brick hand-laid in a diaper pattern. The sloped roofs of the building are Italian tile. Window surrounds of precast concrete with detailed articulation give the building balance and richness.