St. Thomas The Apostle School

This K-8 Catholic School in a densely populated part of the city sits on an extremely small site.  The design achieves the maximum effect with limited resources, working with an economy of means and a cost-effective material palate to turn constraints into architectural opportunities. A new pedestrian entry occurs along an over-scaled ramp that rises up to the middle of the site and arrives in a large Urban Porch. This space creates a new nexus for the community and a new identity within the city , functioning in many ways for the school . A new playground is stacked over parking, and a new driveway wraps around the perimeter of the site, providing a buffer for the school community and an on-site drop-off in front of the ‘Urban Porch’.

Project Awards:

Silver Award, from ACEC New York, 2012.
Award of Excellence, Los Angeles Architectural Awards, by the LA Business Council, 2012.
Builder’s Choice Grand Award Winner, 2011.
California Council AIA Award, 2011.
Westside Urban Forum Design Award – Honor, 2011.
Winner, Under Construction Category in 40th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, Sponsored by the Los Angeles Buisness Council, 2010.
Best Project Winner, Best of California Construction, 2010.



Project Type


2632 W. 15th St., Los Angeles, California, 90006, United States

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  • Griffin Enright Architects