Office of the President News

Posted on Friday, October 19, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

President of California College of the Arts Stephen Beal

Dear Friends,
The CCA fall semester is well under way. As I walk through campus and visit with faculty, students, and staff, I am inspired by their incredible work to advance CCA’s core values—creating educational opportunities for our students, promoting diversity on our campus, and embracing our role as a proponent of social justice, community engagement, and environmental sustainability.  
Growing Our CCA Community

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

President Stephen Beal

Dear Friends,

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities

CCA President Stephen Beal wrote a column for The San Francisco Chronicle on what this beloved and tattered paperback of Jane Jacob's The Death and Life of Great American Cities means to him. 

Read about how the quintissentional urban planning text inspired him as a graduate student and how it also ended up inspiring his son:

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

Stephen Beal

Dear friends,

We are three weeks into the fall semester and our studios, classrooms, lecture halls, and outdoor spaces are brimming with activity. My calendar is quickly filling with exhibition openings, lectures, meetings, and events!

I wanted to take a moment to update you on what has been happening with our plans for the campuses. As you are aware, in order to strengthen and integrate CCA’s educational experience, we plan to bring together all of our programs and operations in San Francisco for the academic year 2021–22.  

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Honoree David Kelley (center)

Design guru David Kelley, possessor of a Groucho Marx mustache and creator of Boeing’s 747 “Lavatory Occupied” sign, couldn’t contain his enthusiasm for California College of the Arts during that renowned 110-year-old institution’s recent gala honoring his enduring contributions to human-centered design.

Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2017 by Chris Bliss

President Stephen Beal delivers his commencement speech.

This speech was delivered by President Stephen Beal on May 13, 2017, at Nourse Auditorium.

Students, parents and family members, distinguished guests, alumni, trustees, faculty, and staff, welcome to California College of the Arts 110th Commencement Exercises. I’m Steve Beal, president of CCA.

To the Class of 2017 . . .

Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Suzanne Brown, Simon Blattner, Stephen Beal, and Steve Oliver at groundbreaking for new student housing

California College of the Arts (CCA) recently broke ground on a new student housing project at 75 Arkansas Street in San Francisco. Located less than three blocks from CCA’s San Francisco campus, the project includes 30 units of student housing and 7,200 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. Plans call for the facility to open in fall 2018.

Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, winners of the 2017 National AIA Architecture Firm Award, designed the 48-foot high, 64,000 square foot building, which will accommodate approximately 220 beds on its top three floors. Each four or two-bedroom unit will have full bathrooms, study areas, a full kitchen, and a large living room. All rooms will have bay windows.

Posted on Monday, June 5, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Jeanne Gang, principal of Studio Gang

In November 2016 the college announced the selection of architecture firm Studio Gang to design the expanded campus in San Francisco. The decision followed an international architect search and a two-year inclusive planning process to address the future of CCA.

Posted on Friday, June 2, 2017 by Eli Cochran

From left to right: Patricia W. Fitzpatrick, David Kelley, Kay Kimpton Walker, Stanlee Gatti, Lorna Meyer Calas

California College of the Arts (CCA) drew more than 400 supporters to the elegant Nave of its San Francisco campus for a sold-out celebration honoring renowned design visionary David Kelley, founder of the global design consultancy IDEO and Stanford University’s lauded

The annual fundraising event—which exceeded expectations by grossing more than $1 million in donations—was a benefit for CCA student scholarships. Helmed by co-chairs and CCA trustees Patricia W. Fitzpatrick, Lorna Meyer Calas, and Kay Kimpton Walker, along with honorary chair and CCA trustee Stanlee Gatti, the gala brought together both long-standing CCA patrons and new supporters from across the Bay Area design industry to fête the honoree and his influential contributions to the culture of design and innovation. 

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Stephen Beal in the studio with CCA students

Note: This article appeared on Huffington Post April 26, 2017.

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