Faculty News

Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Laura Braun

Tom Barbash of Mill Valley is the author of the award-winning novel “The Last Good Chance” and the nonfiction book “On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick & 9/11: A Story of Loss & Renewal,” which was a New York Times bestseller. His collection of short stories, “Stay Up With Me,” was published in 2013. He is teaching writing at California College of the Arts and working on a new novel due out next year. He is married and has a 7-year-old son.

Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

And, of course, it isn't just the bike itself that needs to evolve—so do cities. "We do need a better or different bike," says Colin Owen, who teaches bike design at California College of the Arts and founded an urban cycling brand called Sparse.

Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Jim Norrena

On Monday, March 9, members of CCA Architecture staff, faculty, and students came together on the San Francisco campus to discuss why the Black Lives Matter movement is important to its pedagogy -- and beyond -- as well as to the college’s over-arching initiative to promote diversity.

The Black Lives Matter Teach-In began with a standing-room-only presentation in Timken Lecture Hall on the San Francisco campus, and was followed by an organized teach-in held in the back of the Nave.

Among the various breakout groups were meaningful discussions that addressed specific curricular issues and challenges about how architecture as a discipline can address issues related to diversity.

Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Em Meine

Current CCA Glass faculty Elin Christopherson and former faculty Marvin Lipofsky are included in the exhibition Studio Glass: The Art of Marvin Lipofsky, Richard Marquis, John Lewis, and Elin Christopherson on view in Terminal 2 of the San Francisco International Airport through May. 

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Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Rinne, adjunct professor in the architecture program at California College of the Arts, is the author of The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City (Yale University Press, 2011). In her book, Rinne presents a unified vision of Rome during the Baroque period that links improvements to public and private water systems with political, religious and social change.

Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

So it's timely that the Campus Center Galleries at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco hosted two very different shows recently, both of which required one to think about and be present.

Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

Christopher Ireland doesn’t surf, but the adjunct professor in the graduate design program at the California College of the Arts (CCA) knows a coming wave when she sees one. “Desktop, laptop, mobile,” Ireland says, summarizing the waves of technology that have transformed our society utterly in the last 20 years. “We can see the wave of wearables coming.”

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Posted on Monday, March 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

I am excited to share the highlights of our second-annual partnership with California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco.  We worked with the Advanced Materiality class and Amy Campos, the class instructor.  The purpose of the class was to have students understand how materiality and design affect global ecology.  More specifically, how could potential waste be transformed into real world usable applications.  This is where 49 Square Miles came in by donating thousands of sample or waste leather belts to the class (about 6,000).  Since the project was focused on “materiality,” or ho

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 by Jeremy Joan Hewes

Scott Minneman and JD Beltran demonstrate the Cinema SnowglobeView slideshow 

Everyone relies on highly portable technology to stay in touch, find a restaurant or a parking space, and grab images on the go. But a few lucky folks have seen or held the Cinema Snowglobe, a marriage of art and technology that is an object of pure delight.

Designed and created by CCA Graduate Program in Design faculty members JD Beltran and Scott Minneman, this new snowglobe updates the old-fashioned little scene in glass that you shake to see the snow fly and settle. When you shake this palm-sized marvel, you see video or animated images that are looped to play repeatedly.

The several early editions of the Cinema Snowglobe feature a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge, a fireworks display, or a walk through the Rose Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Another snowglobe is a collaboration with the artist Leo Villareal and displays his marvelous Bay Lights installation that illuminates the west span of the San Francisco­–Oakland Bay Bridge.

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 by Laura Braun

“I will sit and sketch and then will quickly try to make a digital draft, print something out, make another model, redline it, and then go back into the computer. It’s a feedback loop between analog and digital,” she said. Gattegno believes it is this fluidity between the two methods that promotes authenticity and originality.

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