Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 by Brenda Tucker
David Meckel, FAIA, has been appointed to the newly created position of director of research and planning at California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by CCA President Michael S. Roth. In this position he will oversee the planning and implementation of technology, manage the strategic development of facilities and infrastructure for the college's two campuses and supervise institutional research.
Meckel has a long association with the college. In 1985, he was hired to develop CCA's architecture program and served as founding chair for two years. From 1987 to 1992, he was campus architect, responsible for developing facilities to support the college's growing enrollment. He was appointed dean of the School of Architectural Studies in 1992 and served in that capacity until 2000. Following an academic restructuring in 2000, Meckel became special assistant to the president, advising on facilities and strategic planning.
Roth commented on Meckel's appointment, "David has been a tremendous asset to CCA for 20 years. In this new capacity, he will continue to play a leadership role in shaping the future of the college. His extensive experience in facility planning and program development, his professional expertise as an architect and his thorough knowledge of our programs make him invaluable to the college."
Meckel holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University. He began his career working with renowned designers Charles and Ray Eames in their Venice, California studio. He directed all the design work for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles; recently he received a City Legacy Award for this effort. He co-founded the Interior Architecture program at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. In 1997, he was chosen as one of ID Magazine's "ID Forty" Design and Technology Innovators and was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1998.
Currently he is campus architect for the University of the Pacific and serves on the Design Advisory Committee for the selection of architects for the UCSF campuses. He is chair of SFMOMA's Architecture and Design Accessions Committee and is active on several other nonprofit boards, including Public Architecture, the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco, red dot Americas, the Stanford University Architecture & Engineering Advisory Council and the Monterey Design Conference. As a competition advisor, Meckel has worked on several projects, including the Memphis Riverf ront, Santa Rosa's Museum of Contemporary Art and Habitat for Humanity in Charlottesville, Virginia.
About the College
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 19 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers the bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of architecture, master of fine arts, master of arts and master of architecture degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,500 full-time students.