Misa Grannis has worked as a junior designer and marketing manager for Swatt | Miers Architects; a designer and renderer for Sol Design Lab, which creates unique and eye-catching designs that focus on renewable energy; and a drafter for Endrestudio Architectes | Engineers.
In her work, Gannis focuses on developing creative and sustainable solutions to environmental concerns.
Studying at CCA taught me there doesn't even have to be a box to think outside of. Being exposed to so many different creative disciplines in the same space was a constant source of inspiration.
I learned there's no shame in creating your own path, and that sometimes the best way out of a creative funk is to immerse yourself in other people's creativity.
Having my brain so thoroughly stretched before I entered the traditional workforce enabled me to approach banal problems with a fresh perspective that you just can't get at a technical school.
Since fall 2012, Grannis has
- participated in an urban prototyping hackathon, in which I led a team of designers and thinkers in an exploration of my master's thesis topic.
- worked with urban art and design group Rebar Art and Design Studio , an interdisciplinary studio working at the intersection of art, design, and ecology, to construct a parklet and a holiday installation in San Francisco’s Financial District.
- collaborated with Sol Design Lab to design a next-generation portable solar-charging station for the University of Texas, Austin, including a design proposal for solar-powered ebike-charging stations, and conceptual renderings of a fabric structure installation at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
CCA Faculty Influences
Michael Bogan reminded us to question everything, including our education. Douglas Burnham taught us that joy is an essential part of architecture. Brian Price taught us that everything can be architectural, if you look at it the right way.