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. Widely recognized as a modern architect with a deep commitment to public work, 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. Last year she was named Full Professor of Architecture and Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts.
Some of A+D’s current projects include New Mission Housing in association with Kwan Henmi and The Mexican Museum at Yerba Buena Gardens in joint venture with Pfau Long. 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. 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, including chapters in Transculturation, Cities, Spaces and Architectures in Latin America, and Baroque New Worlds.