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Dear Friends, Fall has arrived, and our two campuses are

The San Francisco Bay Area’s reputation as

bursting with the activities of our 1,950

a center for technology, social innovation,

students, 500+ faculty, and 237 staff.

and creativity is one of the reasons that our talented community is drawn to CCA. I’m

In today’s world, across every imaginable

looking forward to an exciting semester.

industry, there is a growing demand for creative people. We see this trend reflected in our continued strong enrollment, and especially the increase in international students. As our graduates enter the workplace they are finding that the kind of education they received at CCA—interdisciplinary, collaborative, diverse, project-based, and

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inclusive—continues to increase in value.

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New Tenure-Track Faculty Joining the Visual Studies Program is Makeda Best, who comes to CCA from the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on the history of photography, with an emphasis on the 19th century. Neeraj Bhatia is teaching in the Architecture Program. His work looks at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism, and he has previously taught at Rice University, Cornell University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo. The Interaction Design Program welcomes Haakon Faste, who has worked for 15 years in the fields of visual art, interaction design, and virtual reality. Most recently he was on the faculty of the Makeda Best

Neeraj Bhatia

Haakon Faste

Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon.

IMPACT Award Winners The Center for Art and Public Life awarded 2013 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards (up to $10,000 each) to three teams selected from a highly competitive group of submissions: Team Alemany Outdoor Kitchen, with five undergraduate Architecture students and one Graphic Design student, is partnering with Alemany Farm in San Francisco to build a permanent outdoor communal kitchen.

STAND UP: Courage Is Courageous

STAND UP: Courage Is Courageous is working with Jamaican community organizations on an international social media campaign to create a network among LGBTQ Jamaicans and their allies. The team consists of three graduate Architecture students and one MFA/MA Visual and Critical Studies dual-degree student. Team Escalar: Embracing Local Solutions, comprised of four MBA in Design Strategy students, aims to improve quality of life in the Los Laureles neighborhood in the Tijuana River watershed by increasing sustainable disaster prevention businesses for residents.

Team Alemany Outdoor Kitchen


Visiting Faculty Chris Treggiari is this year’s scholar in residence at the Center for Art and Public Life. Much of his work involves collaborations, often with local nonprofits, and mobile stages that he brings to public events. Charlotte Cotton, a curator and the author of The Photograph as Contemporary Art, is teaching in the Photography Program and the Graduate Program in Fine Arts. She has held curatorial positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Chris Treggiari in his Mobile Arts Platform, 2010

Charlotte Cotton’s The Photograph as Contemporary Art

Gala Will Honor Arthur Gensler

Steven Leiber Scholarship Fund

Save the date of March 26, 2014, for a gala to raise

Artists & Editions (2013) is a boxed multiple containing the work of

funds for CCA student scholarships. The event honors

14 contemporary artists: Tauba Auerbach, Claude Closky, Sam Durant,

CCA trustee Arthur Gensler, founder of the global

Colter Jacobsen, Ben Kinmont, Adam McEwen, Dave Muller, Bruce

architecture, design, planning and consulting firm

Nauman, Franz Erhard Walther, and CCA alumni Elisheva Biernoff,

Gensler. The firm’s impact locally, nationally, and in-

Luke Butler, Dina Danish, Liam Everett, and Ruth Laskey. The project

ternationally in the worlds of architecture and design

is a tribute to faculty member and famed collector Steven Leiber,

is tremendous, and Mr. Gensler’s support for art and

who passed away last year. All proceeds go to the Steven Leiber

education is equally important. CCA extends warm

Scholarship Fund at CCA. The edition is limited to 35 copies. For

thanks to gala co-chairs Brenda and George Jewett

information, please call 510.597.3716.

(Architecture 1996) for their leadership in planning this exciting evening on the San Francisco campus.

New Programs We are excited to announce new offerings at the graduate level. Building on the success of the MBA in Design Strategy program, we are launching two new degree programs in 2014. The MBA in Strategic Foresight trains students to envision the future for organizations of all kinds. The MBA in Public Policy Design encourages students to apply design thinking toward solving societal challenges at the government level. The Graduate Program in Design will begin offering a three-year track for students who do not have a related undergraduate degree but want to study design at the graduate level. Read more at cca.edu.

Arthur Gensler

New Lecture Series: Four by Four: Art + Design x Science Under the leadership of Provost Melanie Corn, CCA is launching a new lecture series this year featuring four exceptional interdisciplinary practitioners/thinkers. First up on October 16 is Jennifer Gabrys, senior lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a principal investigator on the European Research Council (ERC) project Citizen Sensing and Environmental Practice. On November 13 we welcome Ariel Waldman, founder of Spacehack.org and instigator of Science Hack Day, an event that brings together scientists, technologists, and designers. The spring speakers will be Natalie Jeremijenko Ariel Waldman

Jennifer Gabrys (above) and her Computer Dump (below)

and Camille Utterback.


New Directors and Chairs Writing and Literature faculty member Juvenal Acosta is the new director of Humanities and Sciences. Acosta began teaching at CCA in 1998 and was chair of the Writing and Literature Program from 2004 to 2008. He replaces Rachel Schreiber, who recently became dean and vice president for academic affairs at the San Francisco Art Institute. David Gissen has taken the reins as interim director of Architecture. A member of CCA’s faculty since 2007, he is a historian and theorist of architecture and urbanism. Former Architecture director Ila Berman accepted the director Juvenal Acosta

David Gissen

position at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Three academic programs have new chairs. The Illustration Program is now headed by longtime faculty member Owen Smith. A highly successful practitioner, he’s done 18 covers for the New Yorker as well as covers for Sports Illustrated, Time, and Rolling Stone. Nataly Gattegno now leads the Master of Architecture Program. She is a founding partner of Future Cities Lab, an interdisciplinary design and research office. Susanne Cockrell, who has taught in the Graduate Program in Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Community Arts Program, has

Owen Smith

Nataly Gattegno

been appointed chair of the Community Arts Program.

Fall Show at the CCA Wattis Institute

Campus Planning

The CCA Wattis Institute’s fall exhibition City of Disappearances

Recently the City of San Francisco created an Art & Design

(on view through December 14) examines the city as material,

Educational Special Use District for CCA, which will allow us

site, and situation for the contemporary lived experience. It

to plan for future expansion, including development of the

features work by Michel Auder, Slater Bradley, Martin Boyce,

empty lot adjacent to the San Francisco campus. We have

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, John Menick, Enrique Metinides, Yelena

begun improving the lot for temporary uses, and work will

Popova, Amie Siegel, and Kelley Walker. It is curated by

continue over the academic year. We plan to have it ready

Joseph del Pesco (MA Curatorial Practice 2005) of the Kadist

for some commencement events in May. For the latest

Art Foundation and Elizabeth Neilson of the Zabludowicz

news, visit the campus planning blog at planning.cca.edu.

Collection. This is a great opportunity to check out the new galleries at 360 Kansas Street and meet the new Wattis director, Anthony Huberman.

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CCA's Fall 2013 Letter from the President