Switzer Learning Center

Torrance, California

  • FIRM

    Albert Group Architects


    Board of Directors, Switzer Learning Center

  • AREA

    28,000 sq.ft.





Switzer Learning Center improves the lives of those challenged by learning, social and emotional difficulties by maximizing their educational competence and psychological well-being.

It was founded in 1966 by Dr. Janet Switzer, a pioneer in the field of educational therapy. It is a special-education, non-public school and a diagnostic/treatment clinic for students 5 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$116.07FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation 22 years of age and their parents or guardians, and adults with severe learning and emotional disabilities.

The renovation created K-12 classrooms from a 16,000-square-foot industrial building, and counseling and administrative space in an adjacent two-story, 12,000-square-foot building. The former is an internal classroom village with skylighted intersections and glass panels,

allowing borrowed light deep into the building.

Classroom clusters for elementary school, middle school and high school youngsters are organized into pods. Each is identified by color and architectural scale.

Structural and handicapped-access upgrades are provided throughout. Entry points are distinguished by towers of solid and void, providing light, texture and materiality to transform an industrial complex into an educational center.