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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."

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.” 

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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.

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).

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 by Laura Braun

Last year, Michael Shiloh, an engineer, tinkerer and lecturer at Bay Area colleges, co-taught an advanced architecture class at California College of the Arts that posed an unusual challenge to students: build a non-standard 3D printer in just one semester.

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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.

Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Allison Byers

Team members Kristina Kotlier (MArch 2013) (left) and Raine Paulson Andrews (MArch 2014) (right) with a STAND UP supporter

In spring 2013, three CCA students came together with one common goal: to make a difference with an IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Award from CCA’s Center for Art and Public Life.

Robert Gomez (MFA and MA Visual and Critical Studies 2013), Raine Paulson Andrews (MArch 2014), and Kristina Kotlier (MArch 2013) were indeed one of three teams who won the award for summer 2013, and the project they carried out, STAND UP with Jamaica, was a major turning point for all of them.

Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Laura Braun

David Gissen and Irene Cheng, the exhibit's architectural-historian curators from the California College of the Arts, searched far and wide to amass this surreal collection of odors. They tapped into the collections of rock-star perfumers like Laudamiel – who fabricated "Paris 1738" using "cassis note for urine, and [pyrazine] molecules for the other sewage effects" – and solicited tips from odor-obsessed writers like Chandler Burr, the one-time perfume critic forThe New York Times.

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Laura Braun

Alternative Futures, an exhibition of visionary architectural designs inspired by the new LGBT senior housing project at 55 Laguna St., is on display on the third floor of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center through March 15, with a free reception open to the public on Sat., Feb. 8, from 1-3 p.m.

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Laura Braun

Such alternative historical practices were the subject of a recent pair of events held at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, both sponsored by the school’s Masters program in Design Theory and Critical Practices. The first was an exhibition entitled An Olfactory Archive: 1100-1951, curated by David Gissen and designed by Brian Price and Matt Hutchinson, that explored scent as a medium of historical reconstruction.

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