CCA Faculty Receive the 2018 IDEC Community Service Award

ActivateOpenEngagement Class, Spring 2018.ActivateOpenEngagement Class, Spring 2018.

Faculty members Shalini Agrawal and Chris Treggiari received the 2018 IDEC Community Service Award from the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) for their work with the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center (MNRC) in San Francisco. This award recognizes their work engaging the community experiencing homelessness in the Mission neighborhood to collaborate on creative placemaking solutions with their Interior Design Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio class, Activate Open Engagement, with support from the chair of Interior Design Cathrine Veikos.

The Interior Design Educators Council is a national organization that recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service in the larger international design community. This year’s awards committee noted the "[t]errific initiative here for a population of great need. It's encouraging to see outreach to those who are the least powerful in a community." The IDEC Community Service Award honors significant contribution of community service by an individual or group at a national, regional, and/or local level associated with the discipline of interior design.

Shalini Agrawal is trained as an architect and has over 20 years of experience facilitating multidisciplinary workshops between participants of all ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic statuses. She is co-founder of the nonprofit Archi-treasures in Chicago, where she created and facilitated the community engagement programming, and is founder and principal at MAC Studio Landscape Architecture in San Francisco, a practice that engages communities in design of their landscape. Agrawal oversaw all community-based programs and partnerships as director of the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts and received the AIASF Community Alliance Award in Education. She is associate professor in Diversity Studies, Interior Design, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Individualized Studies. Agrawal is a contributing author to the publications Design for Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity and Public Interest Design Education Guidebook.

Chris Treggiari's artistic practice strives to connect a wide range of people and neighborhoods by highlighting diverse community identities, shared histories, and personal stories through participatory, mobile platforms that encourage exploration from the viewer. Treggiari's work has been on view at such venues as the Venice Biennale 2012 American Pavilion; the Torrance Art Museum; the Getty Museum; Berkeley Art Museum; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; the San Jose Museum of Art; the Oakland Museum of California; and the ZERO1 Biennial. He has received grants from the Puffin Foundation; the San Francisco Arts Commission; the Creative Work Fund; the Arts Commission of San Jose; the Seattle Center Foundation; and the Zellerbach Foundation. He was 2013–2015 scholar-in-residence at Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts.