One tends to think of Southern California as quintessentially without focus, lacking uniform direction. And consisting in disparate hamlets with only the vaguest sense of common purpose. The schools of architecture within the region are in the process both of substantiating and contradicting this commonplace. Without exception, each school is planning or has already initiated considerable reconfiguration: developments range from curricular revisions and the search for new deans to major shifts in physical plants and the establishment of new programs, departments and even schools themselves. While change is therefore a common rule, the particular changes that have been proposed imply distinct views of architecture and of its enabling institutions. The following statements have been solicited from participants in these various initiatives and together offer an educational glimpse of the lay of this changing architectural land.