Monday, February 09, 2009
George Lucas Designs New USC Film School Building
Mr. Lucas, an architectural hobbyist, laid out the original designs for the project and donated an initial $175 million to build and support it. Industry benefactors like Warner Brothers, Fox and the Walt Disney Company have contributed another $50 million....
In effect Mr. Lucas is rebuilding the university’s film school for the second time. Having attended in the 1960s, when the school turned out fellow filmmakers like Randal Kleiser (“Grease”) and John Milius (“Big Wednesday”), Mr. Lucas later provided funds for, among other things, a George Lucas Instructional Building that served as the film school’s administrative center before being closed this year.
“I used to call that building the ‘San Fernando Valley S&L,’ ” Mr. Lucas said on Friday. Neither he nor school administrators ever quite warmed to an exterior design that featured odd angles and high, arched windows, never mind an interior with warrenlike offices.
This time around Mr. Lucas took things in his own hands. A little more than three years ago he presented the school’s dean, Elizabeth M. Daley, who had gone north on a routine visit, with a set of detailed architectural sketches of what he intended to create on the venerable campus southwest of downtown Los Angeles.
SciArc can't be happy. Day by day, Starchitects are losing their influence.
The school's presentation of the buildings is here.
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who is the actual architect?
Posted by: jon at Feb 9, 2009 8:43:50 PM
The USC link I gave says the architects are Urban Design, with the link http://www.urbandesigngroup.com/. I believe Lucas when he says he designed it though. The Star Wars movies make it clear that he thinks a lot about architecture and urbanism.
Posted by: John Massengale at Feb 9, 2009 9:05:33 PM
its odd how they dont mention the architect's name in an article like this about the building's design.
eric owen moss is probably adding several additional gashes in his next project in response to this building. especially since george lucas of all people designed a traditional and humanistic design.
Posted by: jon at Feb 10, 2009 3:39:01 AM
Mr. Moss should try making movies.
Posted by: Omri at Feb 17, 2009 3:20:02 PM
I would be worried that Lucas is being used as a publicity stunt and they should consider just naming the building after him, using the money and hiring a qualified architect.
Posted by: Platt Fielding at Mar 10, 2010 10:58:15 AM
The new Film school is looking awesome. I must say that the architects had done a great work in designing the school.
Posted by: Film School at Dec 25, 2012 7:32:57 AM