Architecture News

Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

In June CCA students from across multiple disciplines participated in CCA+AIR (Audi Innovation Research) Fellowship: Beyond Mobility, an intensive two-week design challenge that brought the Audi Group's leading designers -- and a host of other local designers -- to campus to hear students present about the next phase of creating luxury automobiles.

Architecture faculty members and Future Cities Lab partners Nataly Gattegno and Jason Kelly Johnson and Markus Auerbach from Audi AG’s AIR team spearheaded the event, which called for an interdisciplinary cross-section of program chairs to nominate students, who would then apply for the fellowship.

Auerbach emphasized daily a basic principle to which all Audi designers rely: “Humans have basic needs and rich desires.”

Students worked in teams and were instructed to keep the fundamental design consideration in mind as they envisioned the design of future automobiles for Audi AG, one of the "German Big 3" luxury automakers (along with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which are the three best-selling luxury automakers in the world).

Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Students participate in the exhibition "An Olfactory Archive: 1738-1969"

Congratulations to CCA's Architecture division for its recent Graham Foundation grant award for its 2014 Experimental History Project, an interdisciplinary platform for exhibitions, research, and events exploring experimental practices of architectural and urban history.

About the Experimental History Project

In a written statement prepared by CCA Architecture faculty members Irene Cheng and David Gissen: "We define experimental history as historical inquiry that operates outside traditional scholarly production.

Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

"They’re in the kind of collective psychology of San Franciscans," Craig Scott, a founding partner of IwamotoScott, says of the three sites. "You see those structures from a long distance on the freeways or on the hilltops," he explains. "They have this kind of status--at least visually--as landmarks along the eastern side of the city."

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Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

The Geoweaver’s glue gun–like 3D printer extrudes fiber-reinforced concrete as it navigates terrain on six legs. A building plan transmitted through radio signals guides the machine’s activity via open-source software, cross-weaving lines of concrete to knit the fibers together. Its developers see the ’bot as a foreman of the future, with integrated sensors and GPS to perform site analysis and record soil data and topography.

Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

333 is a summer comprehensive design studio hosted by California college during July 28th and august 15th. the studio concentrates on exploring and innovating cutting methods, materials and technology. Mauricio Soto, Sean Ahlquist, and Julian Lienhard – leaders in the field of lightweight structures- co-operated with students in laboratory-like environment trying to gain advantages from San Francisco Bay Area’s features –geographically , socially and culturally- as resources for experiments in architecture and design.

Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Mason St. Peter is a fresh architecture graduate from San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. He loves nature and surfing and it was while visiting a close friend at a cabin that he fell in love with the Topanga Canyon area. He decided to look for another cabin to rent, but there weren’t any available at the time.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

This rustic cabin, located in Topanga Canyon in California, was designed by Mason St. Peter—a graduate of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. While visiting a friend in a similar studio, St. Peter was inspired and began to work with the owner to create a space of their own using his materials. 

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Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

The 3rd Space collective’s members comprise architectural designer Shalini Agrawal of California College of the Arts, San Jose State University art professor Robin Lasser and California College of the Arts instructor Trena Noval, all from the Bay Area; and Billava, educator Arzu Mistry, artist Anuradha Nalapat and Indian Ministry of Culture senior fellow Lalitha Shankar, all from Bangalore.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Not long ago, while visiting a friend in Nicaragua, Aaron Poritz (Architecture 2008) stumbled upon a large source of excellent wood: vast quantities of exotic trees felled by Hurricane Felix.

Before going to Nicaragua, Poritz had designed furniture only as a hobby, but he was so impressed with the country’s local craftsmen that he decided to start his own furniture company.

The resulting 30-piece wood furniture collection has garnered important recognition from Forbes magazine, who put him on a recent Forbes “30 under 30” list. In 2013 the Red Hen, a highly popular Washington DC restaurant, commissioned Poritz to source and fabricate all of its custom chairs and bar stools, tables, benches, plank flooring, ceiling, and even baby bar stools. Each piece has expressive twists and geometric connections.

All of Poritz’s work emphasizes strength, comfort, sustainability, quality, and design. These principles, he says, were instilled in him at CCA. While a student, he participated in the design of Refract House for the 2009 Solar Decathlon.

He was recently asked to be an artist in residence at the the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and designed a sitting stool for their gallery, He currently divides his time between New York and Managua.

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Article by Steffie Guan

Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by Laura Braun

One student, named Evan Kuester, wanted to do just that for his friend Ivania Castillo. Kuester, is currently studying for his Master’s Degree in Architecture with a specialty in digital fabrication at the California College of the Arts. When he met Ivania, he immediately got the idea of creating a custom prosthetic arm for her, that would be different than anything ever created. He wanted to create something that would be both useful and eye-appealing. He didn’t want to just 3D print something that was already available on the internet.