YULA: Yeshiva University of Los Angeles


Los Angeles, CA
26,000 sq ft
David Lena

A High School Renovation forms a Distinct Campus

The Yeshiva University of Los Angeles is an all-girls high school in the Beverlywood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The school retained Abramson Architects to renovate the existing school and add a 13,000 square foot addition. With difficult zoning constraints and a restrictive urban site, the design team aimed to create a new image of the school through the development of a distinct campus with aesthetic appeal.


The campus of linked buildings is organized around a central courtyard. It is a place where students can gather with friends or study with classmates. The two-story library, symbolic of knowledge and learning, overlooks the courtyard and creates a focal point for the entire site.

The entrance of the new school is designed to inspire students, faculty and visitors. The architecture is both urban and educational. Natural light streams through geometric shapes. The color blue fills panels on the facade, intercut with clear windows.