Professional Development

For professional development, CCA offers a series of one-week summer architecture workshops, a lighting design intensive workshop, an urban mobility course in building a bicycle frame, a four-week introduction to architecture studio, and classes/workshops customized to meet a company's specific needs.

Urban Mobility Program

CCA's Urban Mobility Program offers summer courses in bike frame-building techniques.

Architecture Formations Summer Workshops

The Formations Summer workshops are offered for college and graduate students, professionals, and members of the broader architectural community.

Led by CCA Architecture faculty, these workshops expose students to innovative methods and techniques of digital modeling, physical modelmaking, computational design, and digital fabrication.

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Student Tuition for one-week workshop: $395 (Students must bring their student ID to class on the first day)
Professional Tuition for one-week workshop: $595

Registration prior to the workshops is required, and may be completed online or by downloading and completing a registration form.

Please choose the appropriate course section according to your status as a current student (e.g., EXARC-Intro Digital Modeling/Student) or working professional (e.g., Intro Digital Modeling/ProfDev).

Illuminating Interiors: Lighting Design and Technology Intensive Workshop

InstructorFaith Jewell
EXINT-1400-01 / 4 sessions. $1,400. Noncredit
Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., August 12, 13, 19, 20
Prerequisite: This course is geared towards design professionals who have experience in lighting design, engineering, architecture, or a related field.

Held on CCA's San Francisco campus, this summer Lighting Design and Technology intensive workshop enriches the practice of professionals in Interior Design, Architecture, and related fields with a deeper understanding of lighting. The introduction to this specialized area of expertise supports an enhanced understanding of sustainable design, health and wellness design, and exhibition design.

The workshop helps practitioners apply criteria of design, technology, energy efficiency, and human wellness to all components of lighting design. Topics include: light and human perception, light sources/LEDS, photometrics, techniques for layering light, light fixtures, lighting and human health, and California’s ground-breaking Title 24 energy code. 

Course materials: Initial course materials will be provided, but students may need to purchase additional materials as needed.

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Registration prior to the workshop is required, and may be completed online or by downloading and completing a registration form.

Making Architecture

Four-week summer program
July 5-29, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuition: $3,400 + $50 summer registration fee

Making Architecture is a four-week, 3-credit, full-time summer program for high school graduates, college students, college graduates, inspired professionals, and career changers considering graduate education or a career in architecture.

Led by CCA Architecture faculty, students participate in an intensive design studio that introduces techniques and skills in drawing, model-making, and critical thinking that are central to architectural design.

Students enrolled in Making Architecture benefit from CCA Architecture’s signature expertise in technological innovation, digital craft, and creative experimentation with exposure to cutting-edge technologies of 3D modeling, digital fabrication, and robotic drawing.

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Customized Programs for Companies

CCA's Office of Special Programs can design customized classes/workshops to develop and strengthen employee skills within your company.

Customized programs have included

  • An Ideation Sketching class, for the design team of a national clothing and accessories retailer, scheduled Friday afternoons on our San Francisco campus
  • Software-specific workshops, for designers from a national paper products and gifts retailer, scheduled in a two-day workshop format during the week on our Oakland campus
  • Two- and three-day Sustainability Practices workshops for fashion industry professionals

In addition to developing the curriculum, we can also make arrangements for food and beverages to ensure the success of your company's offsite experience.

To discuss customized programming for your company, please contact Dean of Special Programs Nina Sadek: 510.594.3773,