Jonathan Massey Appointed Director of Architecture at California College of the Arts


Jonathan Massey Appointed Director of Architecture at California College of the Arts

San Francisco, Calif., May 22, 2014 -- Jonathan Massey, the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence at Syracuse University, has been named the new director of Architecture at California College of the Arts, as announced today by Melanie Corn, CCA’s provost.

David Gissen, chair of the search committee, associate professor, and interim director of Architecture, commented, “After a year-long international search for our next director, we are absolutely delighted that Jonathan Massey will be leading us.

"We are extremely excited for what the future holds for our program in the upcoming years.”

At Syracuse University’s school of architecture, Massey chaired the bachelor of architecture program and the university senate. At CCA he succeeds Ila Berman, who was director of architecture from January 2008 to July 2013. Berman was recently appointed director of architecture at the University of Waterloo.

Massey commented, “CCA’s programs in Architecture and Interior Design are renowned for experimentation, critical thinking, research, and training for professional practice. I am excited to join the faculty, students, staff, and supporters in showing how new approaches to design and fabrication can change the ways we interact with one another and with larger ecologies.” 

Massey holds a doctorate in the history of theory and architecture from Princeton University, a master of architecture from UCLA, and a bachelor of arts from Princeton University.

He has taught at several schools, including Barnard College, Parsons The New School for Design, and Pratt Institute. A cofounder of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, dedicated to advancing research and education in the history and theory of architecture, he is deeply engaged in shaping the ways we understand architecture and its history.

Massey is the author of Crystal and Arabesque: Claude Bragdon, Ornament, and Modern Architecture (2009) and a coauthor of Governing by Design: Architecture, Economy, and Politics in the 20th Century (2012), and he has published numerous articles and essays addressing the ways in which architecture builds civil society, shapes social relationships, and manages consumption.

Massey has lectured widely and has held fellowships from the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other institutions. His dedication to helping students develop their critical and creative capacities is manifest in his many teaching initiatives and awards.

About CCA’s Architecture Programs

CCA’s Architecture programs currently have an enrollment of 292 students. The undergraduate Architecture Program, established in 1986, offers a five-year bachelor of architecture degree. The Master of Architecture Program was launched in 2004. Both are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

In 2009, CCA’s joint entry in the Solar Decathlon, a well-known international contest in architecture and design, placed first in the architecture category, beating out such top universities as Tufts, Rice, and Cornell.

The Architecture Lecture Series brings distinguished international architects to CCA every semester; recent visitors include Pier Vittorio Aureli, Beatriz Colomina, Manuel De Landa, Keller Easterling, Marc Fornes, Jeanne Gang, Farshid Moussavi, Gregg Pasquarelli, Philippe Rahm, and Bernard Tschumi.

The Architecture faculty members maintain active design and research practices. They are widely published and exhibited, and they have won many awards and accolades, for instance the Architectural League of New York Young Architects Prize (won by Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno of Future Cities Lab) and the AIA New Practices award (won by Douglas Burnham of envelopeA+D, E. B. Min of Min | Day, and Thom Faulders of Faulders Studio).

Alumni of the programs are working at such distinguished firms as SHoP, OMA, REX, Perkins+Will, Woods Bagot, SOM, HOK, Gensler, Jensen Architects, Pfau Long Architecture, CMG, IDEO, and MKThink.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) offers 22 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, and MAAD degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.

Noted alumni include the artists Nathan Oliveira, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, Tina Manis, and Gary Hutton.

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