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MAAD Fall 2023 Architecture Division - Key Announcements

Last updated on Aug 04, 2023

Welcome to the 2023-2024 academic year here at CCA. Here you will find resources that you may find useful.

Getting Started

COVID-19 Information

CCA continues closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and follows the guidance and recommendations of public health agencies. Our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our CCA community, as well as our neighbors and loved ones at home. Please refer to the COVID–19 Information for the CCA Community resource page for additional information.

Information Sessions

The Associate Chair of Graduate Architecture, Alexander Schofield, alongside Assistant Director, Anissa Nichter are offering weekly open drop-in meetings on Zoom with students during the Fall and Spring terms. Students can schedule these at anytime by emailing or


The first day of class is August 30th, 2023. The Add/Drop Period will begin the first week of classes. At that time, students can make adjustments to their schedule by logging in to Students can review courses and course syllabi by reviewing the Portal's Course Directory. For advising questions, please contact Assistant Director, Anissa Nichter at for assistance.

The CCA Architecture Division will also host the Fall 2023 Studio Lottery for students enrolled in advanced studios and integrated studios. This process is done via a lottery system. Videos and course descriptions will be shared to students via email, along with, Lottery Application Form.

Technology + Equipment


For the upcoming semester, students may be utilizing Moodle to submit assignments and communicate with peers. This application allows for contact with across locations (International). It's also an effective means for the asynchronous delivery of content. To get started with Moodle, review the step-by-step guide on Portal.


  • The Architecture and Interior Design programs use a core group of program-specific software: Autodesk (AutoCAD, 3DS Max, Revit), Rhino (CAM, Vray), Adobe Creative Cloud, ArcGIS, Lumion, and Enscape 3D. Much of this software is free or heavily discounted for CCA students. Learn more here.

  • One piece of software that you'll need to purchase is Rhino. Rhino is the tool you'll use most frequently, both for 3D modeling and drawing. The educational version is steeply discounted to $139 and you can purchase it here using your email credentials.

  • PC computers/laptops are required for architecture division students. Any MAC (2021-later) w/ M1 Chip will not work for required software. PC specifications are listed, here.


Computer Labs, Libraries, Shops, and Media Center are all open for the Spring 2023 term.


Students that cannot meet the program's technology requirements are asked to fill out the Checkup form here. The link takes you to the task in Workday. At the request prompt, select Student Technology Requirement Checkup.

Studio Culture Policy

The Studio culture in the Architecture Division at CCA is an energetic and productive environment where student work is nurtured with both respect and critical attention. Please review our 2022-2023 Studio Culture page for more details.

Co-Curricular Activities + Resources


Our national and international network is amplified by our public programs Architecture Division Lecture Series features architects and theorists from around the world and the Bay Area to present their work and directly engage studios and seminars. Please check our Architecture Lecture Series Events Page for updates.


To mark 100 cumulative years of architecture and interior design education at CCA, we are excited to announce the launch of SCAFFOLD, CCA Architecture’s online content channel. Throughout each semester, SCAFFOLD will highlight our public programs and share stories that demonstrate the value of — and our pride in — the thinking and work that our students, faculty, and alumni, are undertaking. Be sure to return to the site often as it will be an ever-changing space where we can reflect upon and respond to the urgency of this moment and consider the ways in which we can work together to remake our field.


The CCA Architecture Division hosts multiple student organizations, including: CCA NOMA Chapter, IIDA Committee, Alpha Roh Chi, and Architecture Student Council. To get involved, reach out to:

Architecture Division Student Council – contact:

The American Institute of Architecture Students – contact:

Alpha Rho Chi – contact:

International Interior Design Association – contact:

National Organization of Minority Architects – contact:


To get in contact with staff or faculty in the Architecture Division, please review our Staff Contact Page and Faculty Page.