David Meckel, dean of students at California College for the Arts, said that the selection of BIG — maybe the trendiest architect in the world at the moment — makes sense. For one thing Joy Ou, the the CEO of Group I, is herself an architect with modernist sensibilities who sits on the board of the San Francisco Art Institute. In addition, while San Francisco's byzantine planning and permitting processes would be intimidating to some global designers, Ou is a local with a deep knowledge of how to do business here.
Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 by Allison Byers
Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Allison Byers
They say scent has a direct connection to our most personal memories and imagination. But what about historical or collective memory?
Happening in conjunction to a symposium titled Test Sites: Experiments in the History of Space, the California College of the Arts (CCA) Architecture Division developed An Olfactory Archive: 1100-1969, an exhibit where visitors explored historical spaces through different fragrances, including scents that recall the Middle Ages, agrarian and urban landscapes or even a distinct building like Philip Johnson’s Glass House.
Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Rachel Walther
ARCADE’s new website, fall 2012 (photo by Scott Thiessen)
Between her responsibilities running a thriving nonprofit and being the single mom of an 11-year-old daughter, Kelly Rodriguez (Architecture 1997) is always working: to support her family, enrich her community, and improve the world at large. And she wouldn't have it any other way.
Rodriguez is the executive director of ARCADE, a Seattle-based nonprofit that promotes multidisciplinary dialogues centering on the integration of architecture, design, culture, science, the arts, and everything in between. It publishes a quarterly magazine, coordinates cultural events for the community, and maintains an increasingly robust web and social media presence.
A glance at ARCADE's calendar reveals a bevy of options offered weekly for anyone interested in design, architecture, and the arts, from lectures by visiting scholars to documentary film screenings and info nights featuring free tutorials on design software.
Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Allison Byers
The architecture school at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco was only founded in 1986 and did not have its own campus until 1997. But the school—housed in a light filled old bus shed in the city’s Potrero Hill Design District—is quickly carving out a unique role for itself as a center of architectural creativity and pedagogy.
Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Allison Byers
Mr. Schwartz, who teaches at the California College of the Arts and owns a firm called Schwartz and Architecture, is used to counseling anxious city dwellers trying to squeeze more room out of small houses. But after watching several clients get in a knot over whether to go with prefabricated or custom construction, he designed a house of his own to prove a point: that custom design doesn’t have to cost much more, and it has all the advantages that come from a bespoke fit.
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 by Allison Byers
Happy Friday! Here on Archinect we recently launched "Get Lectured", where we'll feature a school's lecture series--along with their snazzy posters--for the current season. Check back regularly to stay up-to-date and mark your calendars for any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.
Today's series is from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 by Chris Bliss
New Tenure-Track Faculty
Joining the Visual Studies Program is Makeda Best, who comes to CCA from the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on the history of photography, with an emphasis on the nineteenth century.
Neeraj Bhatia is teaching in the Architecture Program. His work looks at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism, and he has previously taught at Rice University, Cornell University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo.
The Interaction Design Program welcomes Haakon Faste, who has worked for 15 years in the fields of visual art, interaction design, and virtual reality. Most recently he was on the faculty of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
Chris Treggiari is this year’s scholar in residence at the Center for Art and Public Life. Much of his work involves collaborations, often with local nonprofits, often with mobile stages that he brings to public events.
Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Allison Byers
While Poritz was studying architecture and sustainability at California College of the Arts he helped to design the award-winning Refract House for the 2009 Solar Decathlon — which got him a job with Morris Adjmi Architects upon graduating. He worked there for a couple years before making the move to Central America to work with Equitable Origin on a sustainable gas station model.
Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Allison Byers
"I studied Interior Architecture and Design at California College of the Arts in S.F. The talent around me pushed me to explore all aspects of art and studying in a creative field. A lot of what I learned at CCA in terms of collaboration of talents, I try to use in my everyday practice."
Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Anesta Iwan
Anesta Iwan and her Lowell High School professor Julian Pollak
At first there was one, then a second, a third, a fourth, and eventually a fifth and a sixth and so on. . . . There is a chain of us "Lowellites" (graduates from Lowell High School in San Francisco) who very decisively moved on to CCA right after high school. I was the fourth.
Soon after I gave up my fantasy of becoming an astronaut back in fifth grade, I quickly took an interest in architecture. This was back in 2001, around the time when the Sims game was developed and got popular. I had watched my cousin play it online (I can only imagine how irritating it must have been with the old dial-up connection!) and remember getting so engrossed in designing the houses -- far more than in the social aspects of the game.