In the second significant departure this week from the Syracuse University School of Architecture, professor Jonathan Massey has been named the Director of Architecture at California College of the Arts (CCA). Massey, who chaired the Bachelor of Architecture program at Syracuse from 2007 to 2011, succeeds Ila Berman in the position.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Laura Braun
Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Simon Hodgson
David Gissen, Mound of Vendôme
Whereas most folks look at Paris and see the Eiffel Tower and the river Seine, the architectural historian and CCA faculty member David Gissen sees many different Parises, sequenced and layered, pockmarked and potholed by history.
Gissen has an eye for the vestigial histories of cities and their landscapes -- the parts that are buried, forgotten, or unseen. The decay of 1970s Manhattan, the underwater landscape of London’s River Thames, and the revolutionary landscapes of the Paris Commune have all come under his idiosyncratic scrutiny.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Jim Norrena
CCA's Architecture division is pleased to announce Formations Summer 2014.
What Is Formations?
Formations is a series of week-long workshops offered in August that are open to current CCA students, working professionals, and other members of the broader architectural community.
Each project-based workshop focuses on a specific set of techniques:Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Laura Braun
Amy Campos is the founder of San Francisco-based Amy Campos Architect (ACA), an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm that views every project as an opportunity to improve the way we work, live and play. Her innovative approach to interior design has proven successful in her practice and in the classroom. Campos has taught architecture, urban design and interior design at several prestigious design institutions and is currently an assistant professor at the California College of the Arts.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 by Jim Norrena
With revenue in excess of $24 billion and having more than 44,000 employees worldwide, Nike Inc. is one of the world's largest suppliers of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment.
For those California College of the Arts alumni who went to work at Nike, they describe their careers as innovative, creative, and truly rewarding.
CCA Prepares Alumni to "Just Do It"
CCA's alumni at Nike attribute their successful careers to their CCA education.
According to Industrial Design chair Sandrine Lebas: "The college offers courses that delve into soft goods and wearables, technology and user interface, crafts and making, and even bike-frame design and building; all with an emphasis on user-centric research, sustainability, market context, and entrepreneurship."Read the rest
Posted on Monday, April 21, 2014 by Laura Braun
“The joke for years has been that we have all the worst buildings by the brand-name architects,” David Meckel, director of research and planning at California College of the Arts, told me way back in 2001. “In the future there are going to be first-rate buildings to see, but not yet.”Read the rest
Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 by Laura Braun
But its ambitious geometric plan reflected a larger movement afoot in the mid-19th century, when many idealistic reformers looked to architectural plans—octagon houses, hexagon cities, oval communal mansions—as the geometric scaffolding for a better society. They believed that the morals and values of a society could be reflected in a city's layout, and physical surroundings could bring about change. These architectural plans were also a transparent, unmediated form of expression compared to political rhetoric.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 by Laura Braun
Images provided by SAN-ARQ, the collective portfolio of Rosannah Sandoval and Sergio Sandoval.
Rosannah Sandoval (Architecture 2007) knew she loved architecture from an early age. And not much time passed before she found herself completely engulfed in it as a career.
When most young adults are wrapping up high school, Sandoval had already graduated from CCA’s Architecture Program with high distinction.
Today, at age 24, she is the youngest member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).Read the rest
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 by Laura Braun
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Laura Braun
In 2008 Crescimano landed at Gensler's San Francisco office. She was piling up internship hours, working on campus planning and office projects for clients like Hewlett-Packard and Kaiser Permanente. In her spare time, she co-taught, with Public Architecture, a studio on small-space interventions at California College of the Arts. She was also collaborating with the intelligentsia at the San Francisco urban-research nonprofit SPUR, frequently writingand speaking on the future of work.Read the rest
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