Faculty News

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 by Laura Braun

When SFMOMA reopens next month, the new Pritzker Center for Photography will become the largest photography showcase in an American art museum. The center will have double the original gallery space and new, state-of-the-art educational and storage facilities. At the heart of one of the nation’s leading fine art institutions, photography will take center stage.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

Antje Steinmuller, a former student of Chastain’s who is now a principal at Studio Urbis and a professor of architecture at California College of the Arts, became the project architect. Over the next five years, Greene and Ramdev’s children, Anya and Yash, were born, and several designs ensued for the expanding family. Eventually, they made a choice. "We really helped them to understand what spatial associations they were triggering during our discussions," Steinmuller says. "Spencer was very precise.

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016 by Laura Braun

"The most spectacular side of Tech II is the south-facing blank plumbing chase wall, which is so monumental and awe-inspiring on a gorgeous sunny day," says Jonathan Massey, dean of architecture at California College of the Arts and the author of a forthcoming essay on BCC. "That is a view no one ever sees. I can understand a kind of environmental conditioning rational for putting a blank wall on the south, but as an architect I would be desperate to have people approach from that side and enter under that wall." As it is, it is a great place for a photo.

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena

On Thursday, April 7, Center for Art and Public Life (CAPL) at California College of the Arts presented the spring 2016 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards, at which three juried interdisciplinary teams each were awarded a $10,000 grant to create innovative and creative solutions to social problems by collaborating with community experts and partners.

Through such grants, the awards program enables a new generation of creative innovators to develop meaningful social change. Students are challenged to apply their critical and creative problem-solving skills to make a difference locally, nationally, and internationally by developing proposals and facilitating actionable next steps.

In the spring CAPL received an unprecedented amount of grant proposals from undergraduate and graduate students across 15 different disciplines with project sites in San Francisco, Utah, India, Pakistan, China, and Columbia.


Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016 by Laura Braun

Bits and pieces of this story have been told, but Katz, a design professor at California College of the Arts, is one of the first to fully explain the dramatic progress of the last half-century. As he describes it, design is the “missing link” that explains Silicon Valley’s success.

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2016 by Laura Braun

Her own response came in the form of “Erasure,” a collection of pieces currently on display at the Gallery Wendi Norris. At the center of the exhibition is a video of the same name which shows Fernandez painting her body black until only small fragments of color remains. The performance reflects the response of many social media users who turned their profile pictures black in protest over the lack of action with regards to the Iguala kidnappings.

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

Although multi-locale firms are increasingly common these days, in 2003 when Jeffrey Day and E.B. Min decided to establish Min | Day between Omaha and San Francisco, there was no FaceTime to ease the distance. Instead, the pair learned to be flexible and develop a sense of trust and “looseness” in their working relationship. As a result, their design ethos is as much a product of their combined art, landscape architecture, design, and architecture backgrounds, as it is from the firm’s set up.

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

“If you look at the way we talk about our environments, you realize that our terminology is all city nomenclature, which is the nomenclature of how we build culture and how we build community,” said Nathan Shedroff, chair of California College of the Arts’ MBA program in design strategy and another guest speaker invited by Gensler for that evening.

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Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

This week we have a lovely chat with writer, educator, and sweetheart, Glen Helfand. Kate finally ventures into the reptilian hot spot, Minnesota Street Project. We also test the waters of what we're allowed to say on the show now that Maysoun has a new job aboard the art museum mothership.

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Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Jeremy Mende works with Desirae Rivera at his studio

With a seven-to-one student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 13, CCA students receive a lot of individual attention from their instructors. The vast majority of CCA’s faculty members -- 88 percent -- are practicing professionals.

This can lead to professional opportu­nities for students in the form of intern­ships and, in many cases, jobs after graduation.

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A good example can be found in the story of recent alumna Desirae Rivera (Graphic Design 2015) and longtime CCA Graphic Design faculty member Jeremy Mende, founder and principal of MendeDesign in San Francisco.