UCLA Luskin Conference Center

Los Angeles, California

Owner: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Capital Programs 

Architect:  Hornberger + Worstell, Inc. and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Photography by Matthew Millman

Rendered plan by AHBE Landscape Architects

Opened in 2016, the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability, including a LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and a 2017 Award of Excellence in Sustainability from the Los Angeles Business Council. The Conference Center, with a building design complementary to the university’s campus architecture, connects students, staff, and visitors to the surrounding UCLA landscape visually and physically. The project is composed of two major campus programs: the Luskin Conference Center and the Gateway Transit Plaza.

The Conference Center's main entry features two courtyards that are shaded by twelve specimen olive trees. The courtyards are designed to connect the interior spaces for dining, pre-functions, and meeting rooms.

The Gateway Transit Plaza, which replaced a bus waiting zone, is now a major campus entry plaza for pedestrians. The new plaza features brick entry walls and pilasters, decorative brick promenade with seating, a grove of Virginia oak trees, and new bus shelters.

AHBE’s landscape design, which emphasized the arrival experience and performative landscapes, used drought-tolerant palettes of California native, California-friendly, and Mediterranean plants to minimize water usage and for landscape resiliency.