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MAAD Spring 2022 Architecture Division - Key Announcements

Last updated on Feb 02, 2022

We are very much looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible here in the Bay Area for the 2021-22 academic year. To make that happen, we are developing a new, hybrid schedule that will fully support making as well as the most vibrant aspects of campus life, while still safeguarding the health of our community. Please refer to the CCA Reframe page for the most up-to-date information and announcements.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Before returning to campus or moving into student housing, all faculty, staff, and students must test negative for COVID-19.
  • Masks are required on campus for all members of the CCA community.
  • All members of the CCA community are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Classes will be held remotely until Feb. 1st, 2022
  • Beginning Tuesday, February 1, we will resume in-person sessions for all classes originally scheduled to be on campus.
  • Review the latest protocols before entering campus
  • Vaccines and booster shots are required for all faculty and staff who will spend time on campus, unless they have an approved exemption. See instructions to upload or update your vaccine and booster status here.
  • All faculty, staff and students who are spending time on campus must also receive a green sticker on their CCA ID to confirm that they have provided their proof of COVID-19 vaccination. After you have updated your vaccination record in Workday, please come by the Public Safety Desk (Main Building) to confirm your status and receive a sticker.  If you were on campus this fall and have already verified your vaccination status, no further action is required.

Please review the main resource page "COVID–19 Information for the CCA Community" as well as the "Isolation and Quarantine for Positive Cases, Symptoms, or Close Contact" page which outline the steps to take if you have tested positive for COVID-19, show symptoms of COVID-19, or have come in close contact with someone with COVID-19.


Getting Started


Information Sessions

The Associate Chair of Graduate Architecture, T. Jason Anderson, alongside Program Manager Sarah Meftah 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 tanderson@cca.edu or sarahmeftah@cca.edu.


Curriculum

The first day of class is Jan. 18th, 2022. 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 Workday.CCA.edu. Students can review courses and course syllabi by reviewing the Portal's Course Directory. For advising questions, please contact Program Manager, Sarah Meftah at sarahmeftah@cca.edu for assistance.

The CCA Architecture Division will also host the Spring 2022 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

MOODLE.CCA.EDU

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.

SOFTWARE + SPECS

  • 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 cca.edu 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.

FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

Computer Labs, Libraries, Shops, and Media Center will be returning for the Fall 2021 term.

TECHNOLOGY SURVEY

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.


Updated 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 2021-2022 Studio Culture page for more details.


Co-Curricular Activities + Resources

ARCHITECTURE LECTURE SERIES

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 Events Page for updates.

SCAFFOLD

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.

ARCHITECTURE DIVISION STUDENT GROUPS

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: archstudentcouncil@cca.edu

The American Institute of Architecture Students – contact: aias@cca.edu

Alpha Rho Chi – contact: apx@cca.edu

International Interior Design Association – contact: iida@cca.edu

National Organization of Minority Architects – contact: nomas@cca.edu

ARCHITECTURE DIVISION STAFF + FACULTY CONTACTS

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