Los Angeles Trade Tech College, Vision 2020 Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles Trade Tech College (LATTC) is centrally located within the District, south of Downtown Los Angeles, separated by the I-110 freeway. Previously, a typical single-function central business district, within the past decade, DTLA has experienced explosive growth in residential population, new knowledge - and serviced-based economic industries, characteristic of dense urban centers globally connected.

  • Location

    Los Angeles, California

  • Sector


  • Service


  • Client

    Los Angeles Community College District

  • Status


  • Size

    25 Acres
    9 Buildings

The proximity to DTLA is a growing influence upon LATTC. Its central position within a globally significant city is leveraging its role of activity node within a walkable community serving both long-term residents and emerging forces.


Bridging a range of stakeholder groups and long-standing campus issues, the Master Plan balanced the internal aspirations of the College with District standards and its relationship with the surrounding community to create a true urban campus seamlessly integrated with the adjacent neighborhood.

The Master Plan developed a phased implementation strategy over short-term planning horizons to demolish six of the highest Facility Condition Index (FCI) buildings, plan for adjacent property acquisition, and construct up to seven new buildings.

These immediate steps to address campus issues were envisioned within a long-term framework for a new open space and circulation network improving sustainable performance of LATTC and extending into the surrounding community. The signature element of the master plan is a tree-lined wellness loop that circulates the interior of campus and connects to individual courtyards for each “Pathway” program. New buildings are sited within this circulation network so buildings align to the city-wide street grid providing clear pedestrian pathways, and design guidelines ensure buildings respond to the existing scale, form and character of the neighborhood.

In order to complement the integrated, institution-wide approach of Guided Pathways, the proposed organization and circulation of the campus was developed to both enhance the identity of each individual building pathway, and connect each pathway to the whole campus. Additionally, each pathway space is proposed to have a direct connection to a wellness loop that circulates around the interior of the campus.