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Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Four CCA Industrial Design students have won the top prizes in "An Eye for Why," a national student design competition sponsored by Dyson and the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA). Brandon Warren won first prize ($5,000), Isamu Yoda took second place ($2,000), and third prizes were awarded to Jennifer Olsen and Christine Miller ($1,000).

The students were enrolled in ID3 Studio in the fall 2004 semester. Instructors Kiersten Muenchinger and Rick Lewis led a semester-long investigation into the potential for innovation within the realm of domestic products. This study area was chosen as a level-appropriate investigation within the ID curriculum and also to coincide with the design competition.

Brandon's project will represent the USA in the next phase, the international ID competition called Dyson Blue Print, where his project will compete against winners from other countries. Additionally, Brandon will be flown to New York in late February for the American press celebration and unveiling, accompanied by Kiersten and Rick.

"An Eye for Why" is Dyson's first U.S. student design competition and was open to students at any of the NASAD-accredited degree programs or individual student members of IDSA. The assignment was to create a product that "will reflect Dyson's philosophy and commitment to intelligent, function-first design and will be designed to work better by solving a problem." Founded by British design entrepreneur James Dyson, Dyson is best known for its line of vacuum cleaners. For more information, visit the Dyson website.

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Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Third-year architecture students Joseph Barajas, Michael Boone, Patrick Flynn, and Daniel Robb have received the distinction Design of Note for their submission to the National AIDS Memorial Design Competition. The competition was created to identify an outstanding artistic complement for the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.

There were nearly 200 entries for the competition from 21 states and 22 countries.

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Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts will host an exhibition of entries received from throughout the world for the National AIDS Memorial Design Competition. The exhibition will run from Monday, January 17, through Friday, January 21, 2005 (8 a.m.–9 p.m.) at the CCA San Francisco campus. There will be a reception honoring Bay Area entrants from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

CCA trustee Barclay Simpson and his wife Sharon Hanley Simpson will receive the Outstanding Philanthropist Award at the 2004 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon in San Francisco on November 15. The award, given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, pays tribute to an exceptional individual donor who generously provides a lead gift or substantially assists a nonprofit organization.

A member of the board of trustees since 1986, Barclay has served in several leadership positions, including development committee chair for six years. During that time, he increased contributions significantly, brought on new trustees and new donors, and made leadership gifts that set the stage for the college's expansion in the late 1990s.

Barclay and Sharon have given generously to the college over the years to support a variety of projects. In 1998, the Simpsons' gift built the Sharon Hanley Simpson Library, a critical part of the San Francisco campus. The Simpson Library—much larger and better equipped than the previous facility—enabled a dramatic expansion in academic resources, including strategic growth in the library collection. The Simpson name also graces the award-winning sculpture facility in Oakland, which was completed in 1993. The couple have also been generous supporters of the Center for Art and Public Life.

CCA president Michael Roth commented, "The magnitude of the Simpsons' support for the college is only surpassed by their leadership and their caring as donors. They are gracious and unassuming patrons. The only recognition they desire is that their gifts inspire others to give. Barclay has been an exceptional leader on our board of trustees, not only motivating others to give, but also giving wise counsel on a variety of issues and maximizing the effectiveness of the staff/trustee partnership in leading the school."

CCA is not the only Bay Area organization fortunate enough to receive the Simpsons' thoughtful support. They are generous donors to Berkeley Art Museum; a range of other departments at UC Berkeley; Girls Inc of Alameda County; California Shakespeare Festival; Museum of Children's Art; Bay Area Discovery Museum; Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and San Leandro; Berkeley Public Library and Orinda Public Library; Chabot Space and Science Center; John F. Kennedy Universtiy; Wardrobe for Opportunity; and the Pacific Vision Foundation.

"The Simpsons have used their giving and their passion for the college to motivate others to support our mission of excellence in art education," said Roth. "We are grateful to them and congratulate them on this well-deserved award."

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Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has awarded the Architecture Program a 2004 NCARB Prize for the course "Integrated Building Systems." The prize includes $7,500.

The NCARB Prize honors educational initiatives that unite classroom and office dynamics in creative ways. The Architecture Program was one of six programs that received the prize in 2004.

Part of a building technology sequence for second-year Architecture and Interior Design students, "Integrated Building Systems" is built around a collaborative teaching partnership with a consulting engineering firm and professional mentors.

By introducing students to the complexities of building systems, the course helps them establish a foundation for future knowledge. The collaborative teaching model comprises professional architects and engineers who demonstrate why technical requirements are integral to architectural design. Students study actual buildings and their respective systems, learning to dissect components and functions, analyze their behavior, and represent performance through diagrams. As an added twist, the professional mentors are the designers of the studied buildings.

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See the NCARB Prize webpage for more information about the winning architecture programs.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 1, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

Nine CCA students received Adobe Design Awards this year. Graphic Design student G. Dan Covert won first place in the print category. This is the second year in a row that a CCA student has won first place in that category. In past years, CCA students have also won for their work in video.

The winners were honored on July 29, 2004, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

G. Dan Covert
Print, first place

Michael Morris
Print, third place

Olivia Isabel "Via" San Mateo
Print, honorable mention

Elizabeth Craig and Man Hui Chan
Print collaboration, third place

Ellen Y. Hsu and Edward Maravilla
Print collaboration, honorable mention

Sarah Skaggs and Robby Pande
Print collaboration, honorable mention

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See the Adobe Design Achievement Awards webpage for more information about the winners and their projects.

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Posted on Monday, June 14, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

Steven Utz, who graduated from the CCA Architecture Program in 1997, has won the Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellowship. Utz is among four recipients for 2004–7.

For the next three years, Utz and the other new fellows will work with nonprofit community development organizations to meet needs in low-income areas. Each fellow receives guidance and support from local professionals and ongoing training from national experts. Each fellow also receives an annual stipend and benefits. The fellowship begins August 1, 2004.

Utz will work in Pennsylvania with the Crawford County Coalition on Housing Needs, an organization that establishes housing and provides services to the area's homeless and low-income families. He will also work with the Meadville Redevelopment Authority, city officials, and the Center for Economic and Environmental Development to revitalize the town.

Utz's projects will include the following:

  • Providing construction supervision on a new six-unit, transitional housing project near a Keystone Opportunity Zone
  • Identifying single-family homes that can be purchased, renovated, and rented, while utilizing green design practices, producing construction documents, and overseeing construction and related budgets
  • Developing urban design strategies to improve the area's South Main Street neighborhood and curb future sprawl development through smart growth techniques

Utz currently works as a project supervisor for the Historic American Building Survey. He was selected from among thirty-nine applicants nationwide based on academic performance, nonprofit sponsorship, and proposal feasibility.

The fellowship was awarded by the Enterprise Foundation.

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Posted on Saturday, April 24, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

CCA's new graduate center has been recognized for design excellence by the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC), and the institute's San Francisco chapter (AIA SF).

AIACC has awarded the center's designers a 2004 Merit Award for Design, and AIA SF has awarded a 2004 Excellence in Design Award.

The center was designed by Jensen & Macy Architects. Principal Mark Jensen is a former chair of CCA's interior design program.

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Posted on Saturday, April 24, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

The San Francisco Foundation has awarded eight CCA graduate students Murphy and Cadogan Fellowships in Fine Arts (2004).

Edwin Anthony and Adelaine Boudreaux Cadogan Fellowship Winners:

  • Sasha Dela Anderson (Sculpture)
  • Ruth Laskey (Painting)
  • Scott Oliver (Sculpture)
  • Wei Weng (Painting)

Jack and Gertrude Murphy Fellowship Winners:

  • Lori Gordon (Photography, Video)
  • Eleanor Harwood (Painting)
  • Jake Longstreth (Painting)
  • David Stein (Installation, Sculpture)

About the Fellowships

The fellowships are available to Bay Area fine arts graduate students nominated by their instructors. Winners receive $2,500 for tuition and the opportunity to participate in a group exhibition at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery.

Three CCA students received the fellowships in 2003.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 by Kim Lessard

Alice Orleman, an undergraduate in CCA's Industrial Design Program, won an honorable mention in the eleventh annual International Housewares Association Design Competition (held March 20–22, 2004, in Chicago) for her serving set called Toro.

Orleman's whimsical take on the table setting features bowls shaped like bulls, designed to nestle up to a matching serving trough. Designed for casual dining with friends and family, Toro provides practical solutions to problems like dripping food onto tablecloths, while adding playful style to the average dinner party.

Orleman designed Toro as part of a sponsored project with Tupperware that ran during a CCA industrial design course in the fall 2003 semester. The focus of the project was "tablescapes" of the future in the domestic environment.

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