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1984 Olympics

  • Los Angeles, California 1984
  • 305 Square Miles

Los Angeles was the only city to bid for the 1984 Olympics. Following a string of disasters in Munich in 1972, Montreal in 1976 and Moscow in 1980, no city was willing to take the risks. Los Angeles itself was so afraid of losing money, city council passed a resolution that no municipal funds could be spent on the Games. Faced with the challenge of organizing the 1984 Olympics with little time or money, Chairman Peter Ueberroth turned to Jerde to design the Games. Jerde armed a team of designers with a kit of inexpensive, lightweight design parts that carried through every element - from major facilities to sports equipment, highway signs to event programs, even judges' blazers. Jerde's solution integrated 130 venues scattered across Southern California and transformed the city of Los Angeles into a cohesive Olympic community that was televised to half the world's population. It also kept to the budget, helping achieve the first profitable Olympics in nearly 50 years. 

Client: Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee
Design Architect: JERDE
Graphic Design: Sussman/Prejza
Consultants: John Aleksich & Associates, Brian & Susan Anuskewics, Archisystem, Beck & Graboski Design Office, Daniel Benjamin, Pamela Burton & Company, Vitto Cetta & Associates, Communication Arts +, Michael Jurdan, Inc., Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall, Annette del Zoppo Productions, The Design Works, EDAW, Inc., The Feola/Deenihan Partnership, Inc., Glenwood L. Garvey & Associates, Doron Gazit, Hinsche & Associates, Gere Kavanaugh Designs, LAX Studios, TW Layman Associates, Albert C. Martin & Associates, Neuhart/Donges/Neuhart Designers, Inc., Peridian Group, Barton Phelps & Associates, POD, Rachlin/Roberts Architects AIA, Inc., Michael Sanchez Design Associates, Victor Schumacher Architect, Peter Shire, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Greg Spiess, AIA, Jan Steward, Lois Swirnoff, Randall Walker, Ware & Malcolm Architects, Inc., Emmet L. Wemple & Associates, Ted Wu Design Consultants

Project Uses:
  • Open/Public Space
  • Recreational/Sports

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1984 Olympics


  • 2004First Annual City Legacy AwardAmerican Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter
  • 1985Honor AwardAmerican Institute of Architects
  • 1985Special CitationAmerican Institute of Graphic Arts
  • 1984Certificate of CommendationBoard of Supervisors, County of Los Angeles
  • 1984Special AwardLos Angeles Beautiful
  • 1984Special Award for Excellence in the Allied ArtsAmerican Institute of Architects, California Council
  • 1984Certificate of CommendationBoard of Supervisors, County of Los Angeles