Herald Examiner Building

The Herald Examiner Building is a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument designed in the Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival styles by Julia Morgan and constructed in 1914 for William Randolph Hearst.

It is centrally located in Los Angeles with 600,000 people aged 18 to 25 years old nearby who completed high school but are not served by local colleges and universities. The building spaces were designed and renovated to accommodate academic and public programs that leverages ASU’s global vision for the New American University in the Los Angeles context.

Major ASU programs have a presence here including the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Sidney Poitier New American Film School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Thunderbird School of Global Management, and Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, as well as other local programs.

In addition to the historic east lobby, located on the first floor of the building, a special event space scaled to accommodate 250 persons occupies this floor, as well as the associated support spaces, a large classroom and breakout rooms. The second floor of the building primarily provides classroom and breakout spaces. 

The third floor includes a number of seminar and conference rooms, entrepreneurship and innovation space, open office, lounge areas, a local newsroom and creative media center. The fourth floor includes a work lounge, two media production studios including state-of-the-art virtual reality and editing studios. The top floor is dedicated to executive offices and a conference room.

This project is currently tracking LEED Silver certification.


Campus: Los Angeles
Gross square footage: 85,770
Total project cost: $40,000,000
Architect: Gensler, Los Angeles Office
Construction team: MATT Construction
Project start date:  September 2020
Project end date: August 2021