sandra vivanco

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Sandra I. Vivanco is the founding principal of A+D, Architecture + Design in San Francisco. Based on the premise that inclusiveness and excellence in design can and should co-exist, the work of A+D has been recognized globally. Vivanco has practiced architecture in Japan, Portugal, Italy and Brazil. Well known for her ability to wield excellent design in public work requiring an extensive community based process, Vivanco is also known as a Latin American cultural expert. The product of a Peruvian-Colombian fusion, she grew up in Lima where she started architecture school. Vivanco has taught and lectured widely in the Americas as well as Europe for the last 20 years. In 2013, she was promoted to Full Professor of Architecture and Diversity Studies at the California College of the Arts.

Some of A+D’s current projects include The Mexican Museum at Yerba Buena Gardens in joint venture with Pfau Long and New Mission Housing in association with Kwan Henmi. A+D recently completed a PG&E sponsored feasibility study for Bay View Hunter’s Point and Plaza Adelante, a community service and art center for Latino immigrants. As a recognition of her work for this last project, Vivanco was selected Architect of Community as one of 10 Architects to Watch featured in California Home & Design magazine in 2010.

As a 2003 Fulbright Scholar, she explored the role of gender in Peruvian modernity and taught in the graduate architecture school at the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Lima. Her primary field of research is Latin American modern architecture, specifically the postwar condition in Brazil. Vivanco has authored several articles on Latin American 20th-century architecture, including chapters in Transculturation, Cities, Spaces and Architectures in Latin America, and Baroque New Worlds.

Together with Lorena del Rio and Peter Anderson, Vivanco co-directs the CCA BuildLab: a research, design, and construction laboratory that seeks to propose and realize structures addressing the increasingly complex relationship between organisms, society, buildings and their environments. Through the tools, materials, and processes of existing and future building technology, the CCA BuildLab seeks to develop and apply built solutions for important challenges in the world, with a particular focus on addressing the structural needs of underserved communities within the context of sustainable building practices.

Professor, Diversity Studies
Professor, Architecture

BA, University of California at Berkeley; MArch, Columbia University