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Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Laura Braun

Founded by Clark Thenhaus, a recipient of the 2015 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects, the multi-disciplinary office Endemic positions itself between the fields of architecture, landscape, urban design and research.

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Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Jim Norrena

David HuffmanView slideshow 

It’s been a banner year for painter and installation artist David Huffman (Painting/Drawing 1986, MFA 1998), a tenured faculty member of CCA’s Painting/Drawing and MFA in Fine Arts programs.

In fact, it’s been his busiest year ever -- five exhibitions, including two solo shows, one at Roberts and Tilton in Los Angeles and another at Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco. Both exhibitions focused on his most recent work: multilayered paintings that explore the politics of race using the basketball and hoop netting as conceptual elements.

Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2017 by Laura Braun

By the time Lily Williams (Animation 2014) reached high school, she already had a game plan.

“I have really wanted to work in animation since I was about 10. Now it’s a popular career choice -people see it everywhere and they want to work on these big movies. I had the same idea,” says Williams.

Raised in California, a thriving hub of animation studios, Williams got to work on her dream career by reaching out to Sony Pictures Animation when she was just a high school student.

The company obliged by carving out an internship suitable for the young artist, and the relationship proved to be mutually beneficial for years to come.

Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by Benjamin Carlson

David Allen Chin (DMBA 2017)

In 2015 when David Chin enrolled in CCA’s MBA in Design Strategy program, his instructors introduced him to a cutting-edge visual collaboration software platform called MURAL.

The platform, which functions as a kind of real-time digital whiteboard, is well suited to the kind of brainstorming, synthesis, and collaboration that’s fundamental to the program’s approach to innovation.

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017 by Susan Worthman

Estela Hernandez (DMBA 2012)

"Game changer" is how Hispanic Executive magazine described Estela Hernandez (DMBA 2012), an innovation strategist who is using the principles of design thinking to nurture entrepreneurs and startups in her home state of New Mexico.

Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Jim Norrena

In fall 2016, senior Industrial Design students enrolled in ID5: Context, the fifth of six required studio courses for their major, received the unique opportunity to engage in a rigorous start-to-finish design process reimagining French automaker Renault's two-seat Z.E. electric car (a.k.a. Twizy).

The studio course, which involves the engagement of an industry partner, provided a focus on identifying design opportunities, incorporating future technologies, and creating meaningful brand and product experiences while explicitly addressing the physical, emotional, and sensorial needs of Renault’s users.

Such industry partner engagements hold tremendous value for students and the industry partner alike.

Posted on Monday, March 6, 2017 by Jim Norrena

Did you know CCA students have access to more than 600 internship and externship opportunities each year?

For some, it's a curricular requirement (e.g., Graphic Design students must complete an internship prior to graduation), while for others it's an inspired career move.

And a good one!

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Nancy Howes at her company Know Yourself

CCA trustee and alumna Nancy Howes (Jewelry / Metal Arts, 2005, with High Distinction) is the founder and co-CEO of Know Yourself, a startup in Oakland that produces innovative educational materials promoting what she calls “self-literacy.”

The idea for the company came to her after her then three-and-half-year-old daughter Zhi ran into the kitchen, excited. “Mom! Mom! Can you feel it?” She put Howes’s hand on her sternum. “Mom, it goes all the time.”

Quick to figure out that her daughter was talking about her heartbeat, Howes then explained about the heart and how it pumps blood, but realized she was only scratching the surface.

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Jim Norrena

It Is What It Is - Trailer

Second-year MFA in Film student Cyrus Yoshi Tabar's short documentary It Is What it Is will screen as part of the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival, taking place January 20-26 in Park City, Utah.

This marks the first time a CCA graduate Film student has earned such an honor.

The short documentary will also have its California / Bay Area premiere at CAAMFest35 (Asian American International Film Festival) in San Francisco March 19 at 12:10 p.m., preceding the documentary Random Acts of Legacy (directed by Ali Kazimi).

Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 by Suzan Revah

The Townsquared design team (from left): Carolyn Packer, Maru Carrion, Tan-ya Gerrodette, and Miwa Ikemiya

When Townsquared set out as a San Francisco startup aimed at creating an online community for local businesses, it wasn’t obvious that the company was on its way to becoming an incubator for CCA alumni.

With their “We love local” tagline, Townsquared was founded in 2013 with Series B funding from tech giant Intuit and is headquartered about a mile from CCA’s San Francisco campus.

More than three years later, that local love is still ingrained in Townsquared’s corporate culture, with four CCA graduates on its design team, including two team leads and two designers who were Townsquared interns while completing their degrees.

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