Architect Finalists Named

posted Oct 20, 2016, 11:40 AM by

Nearing the final stage of an international search for an architectural firm, CCA has selected Allied Works Architecture, Michael Maltzan Architecture, and Studio Gang as finalists to design a new, ground-breaking art school that will redefine 21st century arts education. The goal is to unify our two campuses into one vibrant institution in San Francisco. 

Collaborating with the firm over the next five years, CCA aims to create a campus that will be a model of sustainable construction and practice at our current location in San Francisco. The expanded and reimagined campus will allow us to house all our programs in art, crafts, design, architecture, and writing in one location to create new adjacencies and interactions while developing yet-to-be-discovered modes of making. The primary project site is the Back Lot, the 2.4-acre lot bordering the main SF campus building.

Read more about the project and the three firms.

An architect selection advisory group composed of trustees, faculty, and staff reviewed the list of more than 75 architecture firms nominated by the CCA community and narrowed the search to a smaller selection that were invited to submit proposals. Three finalists were chosen from this group. Representatives from the three finalist firms will give 90-minute presentations, open to the public, in Timken Lecture Hall on the San Francisco campus.

The schedule is as follows:

  • October 26, noon: Studio Gang
  • October 28, noon: Allied Works
  • November 1, noon: Michael Maltzan Architects

We hope as many community members as possible will be able to attend the presentation, which will be recorded and made available on

Following further research, discussion, and input from the community, the advisory group will make a recommendation to CCA's Board of Trustees in mid-November.

The architecture community is enthusiastic about the three finalist firms. Read the article by San Francisco Chronicle Architecture Critic John King. 

For more information on CCA's campus planning efforts, visit the blog or email