Curricular Initiatives

From interdisciplinary workshops to exclusive mixers to topical forums, CCA's Architecture division offers unique curricular initiatives!

Students and the community have an opportunity to explore real local issues and propose effective design solutions! Learn more below about our exciting upcoming and past initiatives.

Formations Workshop

Summer Workshop Series

August 3 - 14, 2015

CCA’s Architecture division is launching a series of one-week workshops for college students, professionals, and members of the broader architectural community.

Led by CCA faculty, participants are exposed to innovative methods and techniques of drawing, model making, computational design, and digital fabrication. Learn more »

Market Street Prototyping Festival


April 9 - 11, 2015

The Market Street Prototyping Festival, a three-day festival, is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to activate the sidewalks of Market Street (its busiest street) by supporting the vision of creative people. 

The festival will encourage a hands-on approach to inspire a shared vision for the street and test a wide range of ideas for more permanent installation. CCA is a community partner in this effort, so stay tuned for more updates and information on how to get involved!

Buoyant Ecologies


Exhibition: March 31 - May 1, 2015
Opening Reception + discussioN:  March 31, 2015

Buoyant Ecologies presents work from the fall 2014 CCA Integrated Building Design studio led by CCA Architecture faculty members Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones.

The exhibition, the product of a unique collaboration between CCA and Autodesk's Pier 9 Workshop, includes six student proposals for a floating expansion of the Pier 9 Workshop on San Francisco's Embarcadero.  Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with a guided tour on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm.

Learn more »

Diffuse Density

Making Housing Affordable Symposium

MARCH 12, 2015

Urbanism from Within, an exhibition at the SPUR Urban Center Gallery featuring the work of CCA students, presents a range of design strategies for better integrating secondary dwelling units into the city’s Victorian neighborhoods.

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Black Lives Matter Teach-In

On Race, Architecture, and the City

mARCH 9, 2015

Participants joined in conversation about how the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and urbanism can respond to the issues of equity, race, and state violence raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.

See images taken at the event »

  • How does the design of the built environment contribute to inequalities of habitation, movement, access, and representation?
  • How do these issues manifest themselves in our teaching and learning?
  • How can designers help construct a more just and peaceful society in which all lives are cared for equally?

See video recorded at the event »

Sponsored by the CCA Architecture division and NOMAS

Data Clay Symposium

Data Clay Symposium

February 7, 2015

Data Clay Symposium was presented by the Architecture and Fine Arts divisions and held in conjunction with the Data Clay: Digital Strategies for Parsing the Earth exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Design (January 17 through April 19, 2015).

The event focussed on the use of digital tools and ceramic materials -- hot topic now in architecture, fabrication, digital craft, ceramics, sustainability circles.

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Beyond Mobility: Exploring the Future
Car in a World of Connected Devices

CCA + AIR Fellows Interdisciplinary Workshop
June 6 - 20, 2014

California College of the Arts (CCA) + Audi Innovation Research (AIR) office launched the CCA + AIR “Beyond Mobility” Fellows Workshop -- an interdisciplinary collaboration geared toward exploring the car as a key intersection in this broader network of interconnected devices. Learn more »


june 19, 2014

What makes a map so universally interesting? Is there something hidden behind those points and polygons? Is a map become art? And can it influence cartography?

Explore the intersections between cartography and art at the GIS Education Center + CCA Urban Works Agency cARTography Geomixer. Learn more and buy tickets »