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The Class:

This is the Creative Project Management class, fifth in a series of classes that seek to put project realization skills into the hands of designers, born out of the recognition that while most of our curriculum in Architecture focuses on the design phases of projects, there are limited opportunities for hands-on involvement in the rest of the process of bringing our design projects to physical realization. In addition to issues of fabrication, assembly, and construction, the course deals with the time management, permissions, budgeting, public relations, and fund- raising that is required for many design projects in the professional world. The premise of this course is that in our field it has become too easy for the design professionals to lose control of the process if they allow their roles to be diminished to design-only, with more and more of the responsibilities for bringing the projects to reality being off-sourced to non-designer Project Managers. This trend has been going on in our field for many years, encouraged by contract structures that seek to shift legal liability and responsibility to other parties in the process, which often results in the unintended consequence of also ceding control of the work.

The Project:

The project is to devise strategies for bringing simple structures to remote areas of the world for humanitarian purposes. The central focus has been on creating school classrooms, but the concept of lightweight easily-deployed structures is equally applicable to other building types, such as clinics, community centers, and disaster- relief efforts. The specific design criteria came from a request from a real-life client, a non-profit foundation based in Portugal and Guinea- Bissau, whose primary purpose is to help bring educational opportunities to a remote region of islands off the west coast of Africa–the Bijagos Archipelago. The islands have a unique culture and environment, and many areas are protected as a UNESCO biosphere reserve because of the largely undisturbed and fragile ecosystem. One of the reasons the islands remain undeveloped is because it is very difficult to access them, as there is no regular transportation system connecting the islands to the mainland or to each other. There is only one small airstrip and an occasional ferry on the most populous island in the chain, and most of the other islands are accessible only by shallow draft canoes.

Student Participants: Abibatou Sane, Adika Djojosugito, Amin Aghaie Tafti, Andrea Tse, Bianca Koch, Darshini Shah, Eva Jin, Fredy Lim, Kelly Hang, Mark Nicholson, Mark Zannad, Fernanda Bernardes, Ryan Chan, Abrar Felemban, Jonathan Frederick, Wut ‘Demi’ Htwe, Denita Irsjad, Anh Vo, Marlene Hurtado, Martinus Setiawan, Murhaf Salameh, Prairna Gupta, Rey Kambey, Ryan Uy, Sanby Yu, Sara Schneider, Sha Li

Professor: Peter Anderson, Anderson Anderson Architecture


These marks are but fragments of us

California College of the Arts
Architecture and Interior Design Department Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio Professor Gregory Hurcomb

This interdisciplinary studio looked to examine the nature of surfaces, color, light and space through the instigation and eventual transformation of California College of the Art’s main nave space. By utilizing different digitally and analogue driven techniques such as scripting, collage, physical modeling, photography, rendering, and drawing, the studio sought to explore the interstices between interior design, installation, art, and architecture.

By exploring a variety of themes each student developed their own studio project focused on a certain aspect of surface, color, light and space; and then further investigated these ideas through a series of material artifacts that culminated in their own final studio project that was combined, altered, shifted and integrated into a larger composition that comprises the final installation.

The installation consisted of over 200 printed panels of an adhesive thin film­like material that was affixed to the outside glass of California College of the Arts main façade, which at it’s highest point is over 25 feet and measures approximately 100 feet in length for an overall installation in excess of 2,000 square feet. These pieces were installed and affixed by the instructor and his students. The panels transformed and altered the Nave space from that of a serene white box gallery space to a space filled with patterns and effects of color, vibration, and sublime rhythm.

Exuberance. An overabundance of images frozen in stop motion. Pixelation, noise, reverberation, pause. This collective woven moment of transitory impermanence, a massive transparent surface imagined new, redefined and reconfigured as a degraded pulsating and shifting color field. These marks are but fragments of us.

Program: Installation
Client: Department of Architecture,, California College of the Arts Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Faculty: Gregory Hurcomb (California College of the Arts / Studio Gregory Hurcomb)

Student Participants: Carl Lyon, Carleigh Wamberg, Anna Korkobcova, Kathryn VanCleave, Sara Schneider, Alexander Decicco, Kangning Zhao, Jennifer Giessler, Taylor Patton, Alan Hayes, Sin Lao, Bianca Koch, Hossna Nadjafabadi, David Kelley

And special thanks to:
Ila Berman, Director of Architecture
Cathrine Veikos, Chair of the Interior Design Department Lisa Stoneman, Director of Academic Administration Noah Bartlett, Director of Facilities and Operations
Lia Wilson, Program Manager, Department of Architecture


Urban street beautification projects often confuse “beauty” with cleanliness, sweeping aside the unsavory realities of the street. The Guerilla Street Museum serves as a model for engaging and activating the street while simultaneously revealing what beautification projects often seek to hide. Museums traditionally display only artifacts deemed worthy by the culture that supports it. Here, we give the street its own “museum,” which can be replicated across the city as a mechanism to reveal the hidden stories of many diverse constituencies and neighborhoods.

This project was a collaboration between architecture students at CCA, led by Associate Professor Neal Schwartz, and Larkin Street Youth Services. The work both promotes the mission of Larkin Street and exhibits the creative work of the homeless and at-risk youth they serve. The project was exhibited as one of fifty installations selected for the 2015 Market Street Prototyping Festival and will be exhibited during the summer of 2015 in other venues.

CCA Architecture Team: Adika Djojosugito, Joy Fu, Danny Hsieh, Eva Jin, Saharsh Khaitan, Fredy Lim, Susan Lopez, Li Lu, Martin Setiawan, Andrea Tse, Melody Villavicencio

Professor: Neal Schwartz, Schwartz and Architecture


A new canopy for a student lounge at the California College of the Arts (CCA) hangs within a double-height space and functions as a light scope, spatial definer, and viewing portal. The minimum surface structure is made up of 546 unique HDPE panels linked to one another by over 4000 pop-rivets. The name of the piece comes from its resemblance in form to a portion of the human heart and the fact that it leaps over an existing structural beam. The surface is suspended from three upper stainless steel rings (two circular, one elliptical) which are held and hold each other in tension. A singular large parabolic ring functions as a “hoop skirt” below. The technical and artistic challenges are unique and did not allow for a conventional approach. Collaborating closely with the designers, the engineers employed non-linear analysis tools and parametric BIM technology to model and predict the final minimal energy form of the piece which, structurally, behaves as a hybrid between a cable-net and membrane structure. A panelized system was developed using Generative Components and a customized Rhino script that took the raw data and turned it into a drawing file to drive a CNC milling machine that generated all the parts. HDPE plastic, the same material used to make milk jugs, was selected for the panels due to its low cost, resistance to solar degradation, recyclability, low embodied energy, and high tensile capability.

FIRM: Visible Research Office

PRINCIPAL: Mark L. Donohue, AIA


The concepts of play and ritual, symbolic inversion, remembrance, otherness and mask play were the under-currents that connected the exploration of the performing body in spectacle and the ritualized space of the urban theater of Carnival. The class culminated in series of creative collaborations with selected community Carnival contingents, designing and fabricating performance objects and spectacle-scale works.

FIRM: A + D, Architecture + Design

PRINCIPAL: Sandra Vivanco

Student Participants: Chris Baas, Kat Vancleave, Matthew Puckett, Hugh Vanho, Oscar Ramirez, Emilie Alongi, Vince Nieto


In our IBD studio we explored various architectural interventions within Plaza Adelante, an important cultural institution situated in the heart of the vibrant Mission district of San Francisco. Our client, the Mission Economic Development Association (MEDA) is a community-based organization housed in this historic building. MEDA promotes economic empowerment for the most recent Latino immigrant population and provides a host of services to ease their transition ranging from home ownership, to small business incubators, and from digital literacy to economic empowerment. The goal of this studio is to design and build a family of relevant and appropriate architectural interventions that address the boundaries between the diverse services offered at Plaza Adelante and at the same time actively bring the vibrancy of the street into the heart of the building.

CCA Integrated Building Design Architecture Studio

Design Team: Carmen Smith, Sean Wong, Josue Munoz, Mara Gutierrez, Matt Adams, Cesar Arellano, Fabiola Vargas, Vivian Kwok, Wan-Hsuan Lee, Alison To, Rodrigo Lima, Matt Mochizuki, Olya Piskun, Yibin Chen, Ryan Kocourek, Mike Vargas

Sandra Vivanco, Michael Tauber, Oblio Jenkins


The Mobile Craft Modules, a product of Adam Marcus’s Prototyping Mobility Advanced Architecture Studio at California College of the Arts, proposes an architecture of deployable structures that can be reconfigured to serve a variety of functions. The twin modules can be arranged in multiple ways to facilitate exhibition space, event space, and work space, and they nest together to become secure at night.

The project served as CCA’s anchor pavilion during the Market Street Prototyping Festival, a three-day event in San Francisco that explored new ideas for designing public space. Throughout the festival, the modules hosted a series of exhibitions and events featuring CCA students and faculty. Following the festival, the project returned to CCA to serve as mobile workstations on the Back Lot, the new outdoor making space on the College’s San Francisco campus. The intent is for the modules to provide an infrastructure for the construction of future design-build projects undertaken by students and faculty.

Each module is open on one side, providing access to the modular shelving and work surfaces on the interior. The reconfigurable plug-in shelving system includes caps, which double as stools once they are removed from the module. The structural frame is fabricated from welded steel tube, with angle iron members welded to the corners to serve as protective edges for the cladding. The cladding is fabricated from western red cedar boards, each of which is cut to size. A robotically-cut pattern carved into the cedar boards consists of abstract shapes that merge together to spell “CCA” as one moves around the module.

Design/Build Studio, California College of the Arts / CCA Digital Craft Lab
San Francisco, California

Project Credits:
Prototyping Mobility Advanced Architecture Studio
Spring 2015 / California College of the Arts / CCA Digital Craft Lab
Instructor: Adam Marcus
Students / Design & Fabrication Team: Barry Atiabet, Keith Edwards, Joshua Evans, Tien Yi Hsieh, Ludmila Ilieva, Reynaldo Kambey, Thomas Monroy, Ryan Montgomery, Mark Nicholson, Chien Lien Pan, Murhaf Salameh, Adithi Satish, Jin Shen
Photography: Prototyping Mobility studio, Joseph Chang, Jeffrey Maeshiro