For Second Consecutive Year, Woodbury University Students Win Los Angeles Architectural Award

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Victorious Entry for LABC’s Julius Shulman Emerging Talent Award Envisions Multi-use Development; Architecture School Showcased at ‘Dwell on Design,’ June 20-22 at Los Angeles Convention Center

Shulman Award winners (from left) Conner McPhee, Jung Mi Kim and Miriam Jacobsen (Credit: LABC)

For the second year in a row, a team of architectural students from Woodbury University ( has won the Los Angeles Business Council’s Julius Shulman Emerging Talent Award, ahead of teams from six area architecture programs. The Shulman Award is conferred as part of the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards.

This year’s team, consisting of Miriam Jacobsen, Jung Mi Kim and Conner McPhee, represented the Woodbury School of Architecture in a three-day competition, conducted in February. The team’s design, for a multi-use development they named ECHO.logic 25, seeks to engage surrounding foot-traffic through a perforated façade:

The win is particularly impressive given the strength of competing teams, including students from the University of Southern California; Otis College of Art and Design; University of California, Los Angeles; California State University, Long Beach; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; and Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Work by winners Jacobsen and McPhee, along with that of about a dozen other recent graduates, will be on display at Woodbury School of Architecture’s booths at Dwell on Design, from June 20-22, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The School will occupy two booths: one dedicated to the work of recent graduates and one in which faculty and alumni will be presenting workshops.

The student work on display will represent graduate and undergraduate programs in architecture and interior architecture, from the university’s Los Angeles and San Diego locations. Next door to the student exhibition, the Woodbury University Hollywood Outpost (WUHO) booth will be hosting workshops on all three days of the Dwell event. Ranging from mapping to screen printing to Arduino and beyond, the workshops will give a sense of the energy and experimentation that permeate the school.

“This year’s winning project at the LABC awards exemplifies the high level of innovative problem-solving that undergirds our curriculum,” said Norman Millar, AIA, Dean of the School of Architecture at Woodbury. “Our students develop the ability, desire and confidence needed to imagine new ideas that give them a competitive edge. The Shulman Award is a powerful affirmation of what Woodbury is all about. And our exhibitions at Dwell on Design will demonstrate that all our students possess the winners' well-developed sense of individuality and rigor.”

“This prestigious award showcases talent today and points to enormous potential for tomorrow -- we’re thrilled for both our students and our institution,” said Luis Ma. R. Calingo, Ph.D., president, Woodbury University. “We strive to cultivate leadership in disciplines like architecture, through projects that transform our students and the world in which they live.”

Woodbury University School of Architecture is a network of hubs strategically sited within the Southern California megalopolis: Los Angeles, Burbank, Hollywood, and San Diego. Together, these sites form a critical infrastructure for architectural investigations. The school’s undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture and interior architecture train students as entrepreneurs, architect citizens, and cultural builders.

About Woodbury University
Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. Woodbury offers bachelor's degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies, along with an MBA program, Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch), and Master of Organizational Leadership. The San Diego campus offers Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Real Estate Development for Architects (MRED), and Master of Science in Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism degrees. Visit for more information, and Reflections on Excellence, a twice-monthly blog written by Woodbury University President Luis Maria R. Calingo, Ph.D.

About The Los Angeles Business Council
The Los Angeles Business Council is an advocacy and educational organization dedicated to serving local businesses while informing and impacting positive change at multiple layers of government. For over 70 years, the council has been an influential link between business and government and has had a major impact on public policy related to education, housing and environmental sustainability. Visit for more information about the awards.

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