NOW WHAT?! Exhibition under construction!

Please join the Build Lab tomorrow (November 29) for the NOW WHAT?! Exhibition at CCA’s Hubbell Street Galleries. Opening Reception is from 5:30pm-7:30pm and refreshments will be provided!

NOW WHAT?! is the first exhibition to examine the little-known history of architects and designers working to further the causes of civil rights, women’s, and LGBTQ movements of the past fifty years. The exhibition content, conversations, and stories inspire a new generation of design professionals to see themselves as agents of change by looking at the past to see new ways forward.

The Build Lab is honored to be participating in this exhibition, featuring student design-build projects from the California College of the Arts. To find more information about the event, please visit

Hope to see you there!

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NOW WHAT?! Exhibition coming to CCA Hubbell Street Galleries!

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The Build Lab is helping to host the NOW WHAT?! Exhibition at the California College of the Art’s Hubbell Street Galleries from November 29th to December 14th.

We are SEEKING VOLUNTEERS to help set up the event from November 26th to November 29th. We will need at least 3-4 volunteers to work 4-hour shifts from 10am-2pm or 1pm-5pm each of the days. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED! Please contact Build Lab at with your interest and availability. Thank you!!

See the following link for more information about the event:



On March 26th, LANZA Atelier gave an inspiring lunchtime talk at CCA. The architecture studio was founded in 2015 by Isabel Abascal and Alessandro Arienzo. LANZA has been nominated for the 2016 Ibero-American Architecture Biennial Award and the Mies Crown Hall Award for Emerging Architects, MIT Chicago
2016. Their office is also one of the winners of the Architectural League Prize 2017. The Mexico City-based duo is presenting their first solo show at the SFMOMA from March 31st to July 29th.

From concept to final product, the duo reflects on the challenges each project contained and how they were able to overcome them without losing the vision of their conceptual theory.

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On February 5th, 2018 Peter Anderson, co-director of the BuildLab, gave a lecture at CCA entitled “Drawing Work, Working Drawing” in which he presented the brand new BuildLab yard to officially open this summer.

On December 1st, 2017 Sandra Vivanco, co-director of the BuildLab, was recognized by the San Francisco AIA Community Alliance with an Educator’s Award. Sandra has also been invited to serve in the National AIA Commission for Higher Education for a 2-year term starting in 2018.

This year, BuildLab participated in Perspectivas 2017 Exhibit held at CCA. We showcased student projects that explore and reveal the many layers of historic San Francisco. Through collaborations with outside organizations, students were able to produce work that examines how architecture and design play a key role in the ever-changing fabric of the city.


We were honored to be the Design Captain for the Retail Heart District at the 2016 Marketstreet Prototyping Festival. As Design Captain, we were tasked with advising each prototyper within our district in developing and finalizing their prototypes for the festival. Through collaborations such as this, we were able to strengthen our connection to the city and intensify collaboration between several local organizations and designers.