One Vision, Many Voices

Studio Gang working with the CCA community on the design of the new, expanded campus

CCA recently launched its latest issue of Glance, our bi-annual magazine showcasing the incredible work being done at our college and by our community. This fall, the issue focused on our planned unification and expansion in San Francisco. 

Read an excerpt below. The magazine can also be found online here.

One Vision, Many Voices
The creative minds within our CCA community have been an integral part of the research, design, and planning process of the new campus. 

They, alongside the opinions of leading experts, are informing its design. Recent examples include: 

  • Dozens of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and trustees were involved in Studio Gang’s Discovery Phase to establish project goals. Through a series of workshops, meetings, and presentations these community members helped establish and overall vision, develop a framework for new architecture and modifications to existing buildings, and determine relationships with the surrounding campus and city. 
  • Environmental experts from the Rocky Mountain Institute and Atelier Ten are working with our planning teams to achieve CCA’s ambitious sustainability goals in areas like water and energy conservation and environmentally safe art-making materials and practices. 
  • In Interaction Design (IxD) faculty member Graham Plumb’s spring IxD studio course, students gathered research and created projects to reimagine the educational experience at CCA. The results were presented to the Studio Gang team and staff working on the campus expansion project. 
  • The Architecture Division similarly offered Architecture 333, an intensive studio course that provided students with an opportunity to work with the Studio Gang team as they tested ways to develop their initial design concept into a building proposal. 

In fall 2017, Studio Gang moved into the Schematic Design phase, which will determine the spatial components (both interior and exterior), the size and shape of the architecture, and the strategies for sustainability. The Studio Gang team has engaged the CCA community as they test and edit their ideas. Preliminary designs should be ready to share in 2018.