Two early high school architecture programs—Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles as of 1904 and Kern County High School in Bakersfield as of 1910—trained a cadre of architects that would populate the architectural programs of prestigious universities and would ultimately shape the built environment of Southern California and beyond. The programs’ charismatic founders, both trained in the Beaux-Arts pedagogical tradition and styles, transitioned to practical vocational training and became proponents of modernism. Their programs took steps to diversify the architectural profession in terms of race/ethnicity and gender. The graduates of their programs introduced advances in building codes and designed significant architectural landmarks.
Shaping Generations of Architects: Two High School Programs that Changed the Built Environment in Southern California and Beyond
Sian Winship is an independent historic preservation consultant based in Los Angeles. She holds a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Southern California (2011) and is the president of the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter. She has led a number of architectural tours including “Masters of Modernism” in Bakersfield. She authored the Japanese American Historic Context and the Women’s Rights Historic Context for SurveyLA (a comprehensive program to identify historic resources in the City of Los Angeles) as well as successful National Register nominations for a variety of architectural and cultural resources in California.
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Sian Winship; Shaping Generations of Architects: Two High School Programs that Changed the Built Environment in Southern California and Beyond. Southern California Quarterly 1 May 2019; 101 (2): 163–204. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2019.101.2.163
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