At the upcoming Dwell on Design discussion, Reduce the Material Footprint: Strategies to Empower Design, architect, interior designer, and educator Amy Campos will walk the audience through a series of built and developing case studies from her practice and academic collaborations at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Laura Braun
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by Jim Norrena
CCA’s Architecture division presents FORMATIONS Summer: A series of workshops for college students, professionals, and members of the broader architectural community.
Led by CCA faculty, these one-week-long workshops expose students to innovative methods and techniques of 3D modeling, modelmaking, computational design, and digital fabrication.
This is a great opportunity for students who would like some additional exposure to new techniques, or a refresher on certain skills before the fall semester starts.
Workshops run Monday through 9 a.m to 5 p.m. and will have access to studio space, computer labs, woodshops, and fabrication labs.
Cost & Registration
Students: $395 per workshop
Professionals: $595 per workshop
Register now at the Formations website including additional details, workshop descriptions, and additional registration information. Register soon to ensure placement.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015 by Laura Kenney
During the spring semester, six interdisciplinary student teams competed for three $10,000 grants to develop and actualize a socially innovative project. The IMPACT program encourages students across all disciplines to facilitate social change by applying their creative skills and implement solutions collaboratively with community partners.
The awards program supports the mission of The Center for Art and Public Life with the belief that community engagement is the cornerstone of a practice focused on changing the world.Read the rest
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.Read the rest
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 hoRead the rest
Posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Jim Norrena
ACSA recently announced the 2014-15 Architectural Education Award Winners, and CCA Architecture faculty member Neal Schwartz is the recipient of the 2014-15 ACSA Diversity Achievement Award.
Each year ACSA honors architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service.
Schwartz won for his work with the Q-Arc initiative at CCA, part of a broader effort to expand diversity collegewide through the discussion of LGBTQ issues.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 by Laura Braun
A team of students at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco has developed autonomous, mobile 3D printing robots that could some day be put to work building in outlying areas. The Swarmscapers, as the small robots are called, are capable of traversing difficult terrain and they work with found materials to build shapes and structures. Some day, these little robotscould be used to construct entire buildings.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun
Architect Katherine Lambert—of the California firms Lambert MacDonald and Metropolitan Architectural Practice—and her business partner and creative collaborator, filmmaker and academic Christiane Robbins, had been looking for a plot of land on which to build when they learned about the property. Despite their immediate interest in the building, they were also “a bit frightened,” Lambert says, given the fact that old-growth redwood had long since ceased to be commercially available. “The house was derelict and felt really sad,” Lambert says. “Some friends said, ‘Are you crazy?Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun
Despite this, and its steep asking price of $789,000, the house attracted the interest of Christiane Robbins and Katherine Lambert, partners in the San Francisco architectural firm MAP, Metropolitan Architectural Practice. The friends and business partners were struck by the beauty of the home’s structure. They also noticed that the same group of about six people attended all three of the home’s open houses. “It was strange,” says Ms. Robbins.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014 by Laura Braun
The Design Innovation prize was awarded to Haworth for its development of Bluescape technology, an interactive touchscreen wall. The Design for Humanity award went to Judith Heerwagen for her pioneering research in biophilia, which examines how building and workplace design influence organizational effectiveness. Architect Amy Campos of California College of the Arts in San Francisco took home the Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award for her professional accomplishments, innovative teaching methods, and successful interior design practice.Read the rest