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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Allison Byers

The overlap of technical and aspirational - science and art - influencing people through environments, this resonated with me as a meaningful lifelong pursuit. I eventually transferred to California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where I launched my career after graduation. As we all know, this work is intense and requires 110% commitment. I am so grateful that I followed my father’s advice and chose something that I am 110% passionate about.

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Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 by Allison Byers

It's difficult to judge a visiting lecturer's enjoyability potential because they are an unknown quantity, which will NOT be the issue next Monday night, November 4th, as some of the most compelling professors teaching here at CCA will come together to present the graduate architecture offerings of the MArch (Masters of Architecture, 2 & 3 year) and MAAD (Masters of Advanced Architectural Design, 1 year, three concentrations) programs.

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Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 by Allison Byers

Since then, I’ve been following the process of Pamela Pascual, an Autodesk artist in residence who is spending 10 weeks working in the space. Pascual, a California College of the Arts architecture graduate, decided to take her interest in biomimicry and apply it to a pair of 3D printed glasses.

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Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

Thom FAULDERS speaks on his recent option studios at the California College of the Arts (CCA), the technological proficiency of today’s students, searching for the places where architecture and technology or biotechnology meet, a new “flattening” or evenness of precedent, and much more.

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Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Brenda Tucker

The perfect jump shot

The new Autodesk workshop at Pier 9 feels like a mad scientist’s lab, despite the bright sunlight coming in the windows, reflected off the San Francisco Bay. Before entering, everyone must put on protective eyewear and sign an extensive release form. “Spooky” comes to mind when you see the large, dark gray machinery, weighing multiple tons, lurking in all corners.

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Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 by Allison Byers

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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