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Posted on Friday, December 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

“I got super friendly with manila folders and binder clips,” recalls Rachael, then using her maiden name of Yu. Next thing she knew, she was the proud 50 percent owner of a two-unit residential building at the very end of an infamous SoMa alleyway. (It’s the site of an annual bacchanal that makes the Folsom Street Fair look like a church revival.) That was 2007, and in addition to her studious pursuit of real estate knowledge, the lifelong San Francisco resident was a second-year student of architecture at California College of the Arts.

Posted on Friday, November 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Welcome to awards season 2015, when we at Curbed will be profiling the best people in the design biz, nominated by you and juried by the staff editors. We just kicked off the week with an intro to our Young Guns winners, who will be profiled all week long here on Curbed; and now, some details on our first-ever class of Groundbreakers.

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Posted on Friday, November 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

That's not to say that all of their work is (or will ever be) built. Perhaps because they both have one foot in academia—she is an architecture professor at University of California at Berkeley, he holds the same title at California College of the Arts in San Francisco—they have a healthy number of entries in purely intellectual design challenges.

Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

But the most innovative project is Urbanism from Within, by California College of the Arts, which studies a number of strategies for reformatting the interiors of existing Victorian houses in San Francisco to create “in-law units.” Some of these include retrofitting garages to create high-ceilinged ground-floor apartments, maximizing the usage of gable spaces, and adding new street access to upper stories. These schemes are effective in spite of San Francisco’s almost impossibly restrictive zoning and development regulations.

Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

Associate Professor Andrew Cudless won the 2015 ACADIA Award of Teaching Excellence

Three CCA Architecture faculty members were included in The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture's (ACADIA) announcement for its 2015 election for the president of ACADIA, the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC) editorial board, and the ACADIA board of directors.

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

In San Francisco, the latest tech office has the cultural prominence a lavish restaurant or fancy boutique would elsewhere. As the battle to entice technical talent continues, designers strive to outdo the competition with their imaginative environments. One of the latest entries is the Bloomberg Tech Hub, designed by the San Francisco–based firm IwamotoScott. The 20,000-square-foot space houses the financial-technology and media company’s West Coast research-and-development and venture-capital groups, envisioned for a staff of 100.

Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

The story of water in the San Fernando Valley is the by-product of the American frontier to the West and the seemingly unattainable ambitions to protect the mythicized image of lush palm trees and turquoise swimming pools. But, the illusion of water is on the cusp of extinction.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Founders Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno boasts quite a few exhibitions and awards; they also teach classes at California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley. 

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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

"Proposals that show structurally ambitious high rises built out of containers...neglect the most important facet of residential design: human comfort," says Mark Hogan, an architect and lecturer at California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

California College of the Arts (CCA) professor Jason Kelly Johnson’s student-led Swarmscapers are a model of how 3D-printing, autonomous robots could harness native on-site materials in a scenario envisioned by NASA.

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