Architecture News

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016 by Megan Clark

Ashley Saks (MFA 2010) & Radka Pulliam (MFA 2011) with staff of Bay Area Youth On-Air

The Center for Art and Public Life (the Center) at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the honorees of the 2016 CCA Community-Engaged Practice Awards:

CCA will issue to each of the above an official letter of commendation, feature them in a compendium of Community-Engaged Practice honorees (to be released in fall 2016), and celebrate them in an exhibition from October 3 to 15 at CCA’s College Avenue Galleries at the Oakland campus, which will include an opening panel and reception on Wednesday, October 5.

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Jim Norrena

"This Future Has a Past …" Christiane Robbins, 2016

Interior Design and Visual Studies associate professor Katherine Lambert, with her partner Christiane Robbins of the San Francisco-based Metropolitan Architecture Practice (MAP), will participate in the official program of the 16th International Venice Biennale of Architecture with the inclusion of their installation, This Future Has a Past ... .

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The Global Art Affairs Foundation (GAAF) selected Lambert's and Robbins' work in recognition of MAP's practice and the projects they have been developing.

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016 by Laura Braun

Bhatia is an assistant professor of architecture at the California College of the Arts, where he co-directs the Urban Works Agency. He is also research director of The Petropolis of Tomorrow, a project that examines the relationship between urbanism and resource extraction. 

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Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 by Laura Braun

This captivating project is a view into a science fiction version of what might be a way to engage a population on the reconstruction of natural fish habits and wetlands. The student put the emphasis on the visitors which, in this design, are surrounded by nature. The project's gentle confluents of objects and surfaces are clear and carefully designed, despite its monochromatic presentation. The systematic incorporation of environmental expertise into the design are well conceived.

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Laura Braun

Artist, designer and craftswoman Hannah Beatrice Quinn was one such student. After graduating from California College of the Arts in 2014, Quinn became a member of the Hunt Projects community. She works primarily in wood and metal, crafting ‘things that are useful as well as beautiful.’ Her work straddles the line between craft and fine art, from small furniture to brooms, bowls and wooden utensils. ‘I use all of the big equipment in the shop,’ says Quinn.

Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Master of Architecture students Rafael Berges, Jared Clifton, Vaama Joshi, and Shirin Monshipouri have been announced as winners of the AIA COTE Top Ten for Students awards.
The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), selected the recipients of the national awards.
The competition challenged students to submit projects that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

Antje Steinmuller, a former student of Chastain’s who is now a principal at Studio Urbis and a professor of architecture at California College of the Arts, became the project architect. Over the next five years, Greene and Ramdev’s children, Anya and Yash, were born, and several designs ensued for the expanding family. Eventually, they made a choice. "We really helped them to understand what spatial associations they were triggering during our discussions," Steinmuller says. "Spencer was very precise.

Posted on Monday, April 18, 2016 by Janet Vail

Jeremy Drucker

Jeremy Drucker (BArch 2000) has always worked to make the world a better place through design and construction, whether rebuilding slums in Mumbai; building energy-efficient, environmentally friendly housing in Sacramento; or injecting new energy and vitality into a venerable window manufacturing company.

Drucker is the owner, lead product designer, architectural consultant, sales manager, and head cheerleader and evangelist for Blomberg Window Systems, a custom window manufacturer in the Bay Area that produces “the most efficient windows manufactured on the West Coast.”

A winding path led Drucker to Blomberg, a path that, in retrospect, made him uniquely suited to take charge of the company.

Growing up in a Bernard Maybeck house surrounded by art and design, Drucker always wanted to be a builder–designer. In high school he paid his dues in the construction industry; later he worked in high-end metal fabrication, and he eventually made his way to a degree in architecture at CCA.

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016 by Laura Braun

"The most spectacular side of Tech II is the south-facing blank plumbing chase wall, which is so monumental and awe-inspiring on a gorgeous sunny day," says Jonathan Massey, dean of architecture at California College of the Arts and the author of a forthcoming essay on BCC. "That is a view no one ever sees. I can understand a kind of environmental conditioning rational for putting a blank wall on the south, but as an architect I would be desperate to have people approach from that side and enter under that wall." As it is, it is a great place for a photo.

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena

On Thursday, April 7, Center for Art and Public Life (CAPL) at California College of the Arts presented the spring 2016 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards, at which three juried interdisciplinary teams each were awarded a $10,000 grant to create innovative and creative solutions to social problems by collaborating with community experts and partners.

Through such grants, the awards program enables a new generation of creative innovators to develop meaningful social change. Students are challenged to apply their critical and creative problem-solving skills to make a difference locally, nationally, and internationally by developing proposals and facilitating actionable next steps.

In the spring CAPL received an unprecedented amount of grant proposals from undergraduate and graduate students across 15 different disciplines with project sites in San Francisco, Utah, India, Pakistan, China, and Columbia.