Sandra Vivanco is a CCA Professor of Architecture and Diversity Studies. Since 2011, she has been chair of Diversity Studies. Her professional activities include projects in Japan, Peru, Portugal, Mexico, and Italy. She has worked in Portugal for Alvaro Siza, and in New York for Kolatan / Mac Donald Studio and Lynne Breslin.
Her primary field of research is modern Latin American architecture, specifically the postwar condition in Brazil. Since 2004 she has led PeruStudio, Studio MXDF, and Terra Brasilis Studio. All three are summer travelling urban research and design build workshops. Vivanco has authored several articles on Latin American 20th-century architecture, specifically the postwar condition in Brazil, including chapters in Transculturation, Cities, Spaces and Architectures in Latin America, and Baroque New Worlds.
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.
Sandra's San Francisco–based firm, A+D: Architecture+Design, is characterized by its constant investigation into inhabitation of modern city. A+D is dedicated to promoting conscious living through designs that heighten user awareness of tectonic, environmental, and spatial qualities. In a joint venture with Pfau Long Architecture, A+D was recently awarded the Mexican Museum at Yurba Buena Gardens in San Francisco to be completed in 2017.
The work of A+D has been featured on HGTV's Before & After; Univision Channel 14, KQED; a number of magazines and journals including Domus, Custom Home, Sunset, San Francisco Chronicle, Dwell, San Francisco, and Small Firms, Great Projects; and two recent books: San Francisco Modern Homes and San Francisco: A Guide to Recent Architecture.