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Kutler Center for Independent Research and Interdisciplinary Studies


The Kutler Center for Independent Research and Interdisciplinary Studies opened its doors to students at the beginning of the Harvard-Westlake 2012/13 academic year. The official ribbon cutting for the facility took place on September 28, 2012. It is designed as a “bridge” building; both physically bridging the Seaver Building to Mudd Library and intellectually bridging the understanding of multiple academic disciplines in a classroom environment. The Kutler Center is both a building and a program. It is named for Brendan Kutler, a member of the Harvard-Westlake class of 2010 who died suddenly and unexpectedly in December, 2009.

The building features light filled spaces which include three new classrooms, an office for the program director and numerous spaces for student collaboration. Throughout his brief life, Brendan thrived in situations where he could pursue intellectual truths and make connections between disciplines. He enjoyed independent research and study, often taking classes without credit for the shear joy of learning new things. Brendan’s wide variety of interests and activities are reflected in both the interdisciplinary studies that are the focus of the Kutler Center and the metaphors embedded in the design of the building.

Click here to visit the Harvard Westlake webpage for the Kutler Center.

Click here to download a PDF copy of a Los Angeles Times article about the opening of the Center.

Click here to read the official 2011 announcement.

Click here to see video footage from the September 28, 2012 dedication of the Kutler Center.

The 2013 Harvard-Westlake Annual Report included a sample of course titles offered during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. Download Kutler Center Course Offerings.