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INTER Fall 2021 Architecture Division - Key Announcements

Last updated on Sep 17, 2021

We are very much looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible here in the Bay Area in August to begin the 2021-22 academic year. To make that happen, we are developing a new, hybrid fall 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 about our Fall 2021 return-to-campus plan.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Wearing face-masks are still required
  • Social-distancing is not required
  • Some classes will be hybrid and some will still be entirely online
  • “Hybrid” means that some portion of the course is delivered in person at CCA, and the rest is online 
  • Some of the online portion might also be synchronous (takes place in real time - even though it’s online)
  • All classes will have “real time” listed on the schedule - that means this is the time when the class will meet live - whether that’s in person on campus, or for synchronous online instruction

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 for the Fall 2021 Semester


The first day of class is September 1st, 2021. 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 Fall 2021 courses and course syllabi by reviewing the Portal's Course Directory. For advising questions, please contact Program Manager, Malia Hankton at for assistance.

The CCA Architecture Division will host a division-wide Convocation on September 1st from 4-5pm on Zoom. All architecture and interior design students are invited to this inaugural event at which the dean, program chairs and student leaders preview the new academic year.

Information Sessions


The Chair of Interior Design, Amy Campos, alongside Program Manager Malia Hankton, are offering weekly open drop-in meetings on Zoom with students during the Fall and Spring semester. Students can review their google email and calendar for the invitation to join. Feel free to drop in whenever you like to engage with them in conversation or to simply say hello. Office hours are held by request only from 3:30-4:30pm PST Fridays.

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/MAC specs are also listed, here.


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

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 Fall 2021 Studio Culture page for more details.

Co-Curricular Activities + Resources


The Architecture Division Lecture Series features leading architects, designers, and scholars from across the Bay Area and around the world. Please check our 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, and Architecture Student Council. To get involved, contact Program Manager, Malia Hankton (, for contact information.


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