UCLA is this month’s ‘Campus at a Glance’, complements of Mark Hough as the Chair of ASLA’s Campus Planning and Design Professional Practice Network. Take a Tour!
UCLA is a great example of the influence Beaux Arts had on campus design in the early-mid 1900’s. Like with Berkeley, it shows the issues associated with reconciling a strict formal campus layout on a site with quite a bit of topography. At UCLA, it creates the opportunity for a great sloping open lawn and some pretty monumental steps but makes ADA compliance a tricky thing. There are some great open spaces on this campus- my favorite being the Murphy Sculpture Garden, which features some beautiful art and provides a wonderful oasis in the middle of the campus. With an adjacent grove of mature coral trees, the Garden should not be missed on your next visit.
Here are some links if you want to delve further into this campus: