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Fall semester public lectures and events go global

For the first time, CCA’s fall lectures are entirely online, bringing a diverse lineup of industry experts from around the world to audiences everywhere.



BArch alumni on their award-winning sustainable design

Architectural Ecologies Lab students let local craft and culture lead as they create solutions for climate change in the Maldives.

Architectural drawing of a sustainably designed island in the Maldives

Media coverage / Sept. 11, 2020

With "Co-living the Dream," Sayer Al Sayer examines the architecture of communal utopias

In spring 2020, Sayer Al Sayer (BArch 2020) examined the spatial, social, and political properties of communal utopias, seeking to understand the relationship between ideology and form. Read more on Scaffold, CCA Architecture’s website.

Artwork by Sayer Al Sayer.

Media coverage / Sept. 11, 2020

On Associate Professor Irene Cheng’s new book, "Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present"

"Race and Modern Architecture" challenges the architecture field to write race back into its history by confronting how racial thinking has intimately shaped some of the key concepts of modern architecture and culture over time.



City of Oakland plans to purchase Clifton Hall to house Oakland families and seniors

In late August, the City of Oakland announced its plan to purchase CCA’s former residence hall, Clifton Hall, to provide sustainable and transit-friendly deeply affordable housing for Oakland families and seniors.

Clifton Hall student housing - Front

Media coverage / Sept. 8, 2020

Ceramics Monthly highlights the work of CCA alum Shalene Valenzuela

Ceramics Monthly highlights the work of Shalene Valenzuela (MFA Ceramics 1997), who uses trompe l’oeil “with a twist,” reimaging everyday objects into more than meets the eye.

Shalene Valenzuela’s Telephone: Yellow Tangle, 9 in. (23 cm) in length, slip-cast earthenware, underglaze illustration, 2019.

Media coverage / Sept. 6, 2020

CCA alum Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Barbican show covered by Frieze

In A Countervailing Theory, Toyin Ojih Odutola’s (MFA Painting/Drawing 2012) show at London’s Barbican, Odutola tells the story of “two lovers caught up in a matriarchal society” through 40 black canvases illustrated exclusively in chalk, pastel, and char

Toyin Ojih Odutola, Imitation Lesson; Her Shadowed Influence, 2019, charcoal, pastel and chalk on board. Courtesy: the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Media coverage / Sept. 4, 2020

Critical Studies chair Patricia G. Lange wins National Communication Association award

Patricia G. Lange is the 2020 recipient of the Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression for her 2019 book 'Thanks for Watching: An Anthropological Study of Video Sharing on YouTube.'

Cover of 'Thanks for Watching: An Anthropological Study of Video Sharing on YouTube' by Patricia G. Lange

Media coverage / Sept. 1, 2020

CCA’s Decolonial School featured in the September issue of Communication Arts

Indigenous designers and designers of color in academia are laying the foundations for new design methods that decenter white European-based visual culture. Communication Arts features practitioners and educators decolonizing design in its latest issue.

CCA faculty members welcome keynote presenter Dr. Dori Tunstall to the Decolonial Unconference held at the school’s San Francisco campus in February 2020


Alum spotlight: Interdisciplinary artist Esther Elia

Recent graduate Esther Elia (BFA Illustration 2019) discusses inspiration, interdisciplinarity, and her favorite spots around San Francisco.

A painting of figures with text, “I’m trying to find myself in your faces.”

Media coverage / Aug. 28, 2020

Helen Maria Nugent talks about CCA’s new residence hall and resiliency through design on Pier 70’s “Pier 2 Peer”

CCA Dean of Design Helen Maria Nugent spoke with Pier 70’s Marcy Coburn for the organization’s weekly conversation series “Pier 2 Peer” about CCA’s campus unification, Founders Hall, and how creativity and design can help people be resilient.

Helen Maria Nugent on Pier 70's "Pier 2 Peer"


First Year Core faculty find opportunity in online instruction

Professors reflect on how they adapted their pedagogy and collaborated with other artists during shelter in place.

Interior of a gallery in a Virtual Reality exhibition


Tina Takemoto discusses In Plain Sight

CCA’s dean of Humanities and Sciences discusses advocating for immigrant justice and how immigrant stories influence their work.

Skytyped message of the words Not Forgotten over Terminal Island in San Diego


CCA provides more than $700,000 in emergency funding to students financially impacted by COVID–19

CCA’s donor-supported Student Emergency Fund has raised over $30,000 to date, and federal CARES Act funding provides nearly $700,000 in emergency relief grants to students.

Detail view of painter's palette


CCA welcomes new MDes Chair Josh Silverman

Josh Silverman brings decades of professional design strategy expertise to the graduate Interaction Design program.

Josh Silverman at January’s In/Visible Talks design conference in San Francisco. Photo by Kait Miller.

Media coverage / Aug. 24, 2020

CCA alum Lava Thomas announced as a recipient of 2020 San Francisco Artadia Awards

Lava Thomas (BFA Ceramics 1999) and Marcela Pardo Ariza were named the recipients of the 13th annual San Francisco Artadia Awards, which includes $10,000 in unrestricted funds and access to Artadia’s artistic programs.

Artist Lava Thomas, a 2020 Artadia Award winner, stands inside her studio in Berkeley in 2019.

Media coverage / Aug. 19, 2020

OCAD’s Dori Tunstall gives props to CCA’s Decolonial School in Fast Company

Tunstall visited CCA in February before COVID–19 hit and said her “mind was blown away by the passion and the meaningfulness of the projects” that students were doing through the Decolonial School.

Logo for Fast Company


Fall 2020 at CCA: Adapting coursework, lectures, and collegewide events for a remote semester

We’re dedicated to bringing the campus experience to our students, no matter where you’re learning from. So we’re getting creative.



Alum spotlight: Sajida Silva

Get to know the work of Fashion Design alum Sajida Silva and their thoughts on sustainable fashion.

Multi-colored knit merino wool and silk organza sweater from Sajida Silva’s A Través el Río Mopan collection

Media coverage / Aug. 14, 2020

Freida Pinto to star in and produce TV series based on Alka Joshi’s The Henna Artist

Miramax TV has optioned the rights for CCA alum Alka Joshi’s (MFA Writing 2011) best-selling debut novel, The Henna Artist, for a TV series produced by and starring Freida Pinto.

Alka Joshi