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Universal CityWalk

  • Los Angeles, California 1993
  • Site Area: 23 acres

Universal Studios needed a dynamic path for people walking between the existing studio tour, cinemas and amphitheater. Jerde designed much more. Universal CityWalk redefined the urban village as an intricate weave of uses and services. Part entertainment district, part urban street life, part tourist attraction, part university, part shopping street, Universal CityWalk attracts 25,000 people daily. As a result, cinema patronage has increased by 60 percent and studio tour attendance by 15 percent. And though anticipated to be a tourist destination, Universal CityWalk has become a popular hang-out for locals, who account for 67 percent of sales. Despite the highest rents in the area, CityWalk is 98 percent leased. That's hardly surprising, given its annual sales average is more than $800 per square foot nearly three times the national average at regional malls.

Clients: MCA Development Co., Universal Creative
Design Architect: JERDE
Executive Architect: DMJM/Keating
Associate Architects: Hodgetts + Fung Design Associates, Morphosis, Anderson and Schwartz, Ellerbe Becket, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, SITE
Landscape Architect: Emmet L. Wemple & Associates
Signage and Graphics Consultants: Harmonica, Wayne Hunt Design, Inc.
Graphic Designer: OLIO
Lighting Consultant: Imero Fiorentino Associates
Water Feature Design: WET Design

Project Uses:
  • Open/Public Space
  • Entertainment
  • Retail
  • Dining
  • Culture

Universal CityWalk

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Universal CityWalk


  • 1997Award of ExcellenceThe Asian American Architects and Engineers Association
  • 1994Design AwardInternational Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • 1994Urban Beautification AwardLos Angeles Business Council