Making the Future: Bass, Casey, Gannon, Roberge

Date: Monday, November 9, 7:00–9:00 pm
Location: Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

Free and open to the public
Reception to follow (Nave Alcove)

Do it yourself. Do it with others. Design the interaction of atoms and bits. Prototype and iterate. Share your findings, online as well as at tech shops and maker fairs. Scale up by navigating global supply chains.

Digital design and fabrication have combined with ubiquitous computing and globalization to change the ways we make things. Among the results are interactive objects and environments, new tools and products, and maker culture, a technological extension of the Arts and Crafts movement.  

Join four innovators from architecture, design, and business for a panel discussion on the future of making who will present their ideas, then engage with the audience in a discussion moderated by CCA faculty.

Then, following the panel discussion, continue the conversation at a reception in the Nave Alcove.


Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, a leading firm in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Since joining the company in 1993, he has held several executive positions and has served on a number of corporate, institutional, and academic boards.

Bass is also a maker and spends his spare time building things -- from chairs and tables to boats and an electric go-kart.

Liam Casey is founder and chief executive officer of PCH International, which develops custom manufacturing solutions that help inventors and companies take products from ideas to end users. Since starting PCH in 1996 to help computer companies source components, Casey has grown the company to nearly 3,000 employees and over $1 billion in revenue, with operational headquarters in Shenzhen, San Francisco, and his native Cork, Ireland.

Madeline Gannon is a researcher, designer, and educator at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture, where she is a doctoral candidate in computational design. She leads MADLAB.CC, a a design collective pursuing computational approaches to architecture, craft, and interaction.

Heather Roberge is principal designer and founder of Murmur: Architecture and Environments, a company that investigates the spatial, structural, and atmospheric potential of digital technologies for the theory and practice of building.

She is also an associate professor in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA, where she teaches graduate courses in design and technology and directs the undergraduate program in Architectural Studies.


Jason Kelly Johnson (moderator) is an Associate Professor at CCA and a founding partner of Future Cities Lab, an experimental design and research office that has produced award-winning projects exploring the intersections of design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems, and public space.

Wendy Ju (moderator) is an associate professor at CCA and executive director of Interaction Design Research at Stanford University's Center for Design Research. She works with physical interaction design and ubiquitous computing to create novel human-machine interactions.

Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

The 2015-16 Architecture Division Lecture Series is funded by Kimberly and Simon Blattner; International Interior Design Association (IIDA); Pfau Long Architecture; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form 4; Perkins+Will; SmithGroupJJR; Blasen Landscape Architecture; Harley Ellis Devereaux; Jim Jennings Architecture; Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc.; ARCH Drafting Supply; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; Boor Bridges Architecture; Cary Bernstein Architect; TANNERHECHT Architecture; and Tucker and Marks, Inc. 


Date:  October 22nd-24th
Location: University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design

ACADIA is an international network of digital design researchers and professionals. ACADIA supports critical investigations into the role of computation in architecture, planning, and building science, encouraging innovation in design creativity, sustainability, and education.

This year’s conference, titled Design in the Anthropocene will host the following themes/topics:
• Material science (biomaterials, computational materials, etc.)
• Computational / mimetic design (bio-formalism, geo-formalism, etc.)
• Human / nonhuman architectural programming (computational and actual)
• Environmental parametrics / performance modeling
• Emerging models of digital representation / fabrication
• GIS mapping / data analysis in relation to landscape and urban design
• Geomatics (composite materials and smart assemblies)
• Responsive systems and environments (sensing, real-time computation, actuation, and feedback)
• Climate modeling

From the CCA Digital Craft Lab, Andrew Kudless will be receiving the Award of Teaching Excellence and giving a lecture at the conference, Adam Marcus is presenting a project paper on his recently completed Meander project, (also exhibited at the conference).


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Date: April 9-11, 2015
Location: All CCA sponsored events will be held at the Mobile Craft Modules, CCA's "Anchor" project located near 530 Market St, between 1st and 2nd Streets. [map link]

The Market Street Prototyping Festival, a three-day festival, is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to activate the sidewalks of Market Street (its busiest street) by supporting the visions of creative people. 

The festival will encourage a hands-on approach to inspire a shared vision for the street and test a wide range of ideas for more permanent installation. CCA is a community partner in this effort, serving as District Design Captain in the Financial District and constructing the CCA Mobile Craft Modules, a set of reconfigurable structures designed and built by students in an advanced architecture studio led by Prof. Adam Marcus. The project will be reconfigured throughout the weekend to exhibit student work and host a variety of public events.


Events planned for the weekend (schedule subject to change):

Mobile Social Infrastructures: Prototypes for Off-The-Grid Deployable Market
Thursday, April 9, 2015. 2:00pm
sponsored by CCA Build Lab
Students from courses led by Prof. Mauricio Soto and Prof. Antje Steinmuller will present research, designs and prototypes for mobile deployable street food infrastructure for local food market organization Off The Grid.

Virtual Interactive Prototypes: Emerging Uses of Video Game Technology
Thursday, April 9, 2015. 7:00pm
sponsored by CCA Digital Craft Lab
CCA Prof. T Jason Anderson will showcase recent academic and professional research using UNITY, UNREAL, and Vuforia to construct virtual environments and prototypes, specifically recent work with Augmented Reality on iOS devices. Additional presenters to be confirmed.

Kinematic Code: Robotic Drawings and Paintings by the Digital Craft Lab
Friday, April 10, 2015. 12:00pm (weather permitting)
Architecture students working within a course taught by Andrew Kudless in the CCA Digital Craft Lab will demonstrate various techniques they have developed in programming a small robotic arm to draw and paint. Students have been exploring the the creative capacity of code to produce innovative generative art works.

PechaKucha presentations by Master of Architecture thesis students
Friday, April 10, 2015. 8:00pm
Third-year Master of Architecture students will deliver short presentations of the thesis research and design proposals they have been developing in their final semester of CCA's graduate architecture program.

Grounding Urban Metabolism
Saturday, April 11, 2015. 6:00pm
Book launch and mini-symposium, sponsored by CCA 
The latest volume of the journal New Geographies addresses the challenges associated with analyzing “urban metabolism,” the flow of materials and energy within cities. The collected essays offer a critical examination of contemporary projects and open up new approaches for design. Join journal contributors for discussion of the new publication.
Participants: Neeraj BhatiaIrene ChengDavid Fletcher, Daniel Ibañez (Harvard GSD), Nikos Katsikis (Harvard GSD), Christopher Roach

   Buoyant Ecologies Exhibition  at the Autodesk Gallery located at the 1 Market Street #200, San Francisco, CA ( link )

Buoyant Ecologies Exhibition at the Autodesk Gallery located at the 1 Market Street #200, San Francisco, CA (link)



Dates: March 31 — May 1, 2015
Opening Event: Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 pm, 2015
Location: Autodesk Gallery (link)
Free and open to the public - please RSVP 

Buoyant Ecologies presents work from the fall 2014 CCA Integrated Building Design studio led by CCA Architecture faculty members Adam MarcusMargaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones.

The exhibition, the product of a unique collaboration between CCA and Autodesk's Pier 9 Workshop, includes six student proposals for a floating expansion of the Pier 9 Workshop on San Francisco's Embarcadero. 

Participants in a discussion of the studio's work will include the above faculty members; Noah Weinstein and J. Sassaman of Autodesk's Pier 9 WorkshopBill Kreysler of Kreysler & Associates, and John Oliver of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories / Benthic Lab

Presented by the Architecture Division
For more info, see the Buoyant Ecologies research page, or contact Adam Marcus:


Dries Verbruggen, Unfold Studio, Antwerp


Del Harrow, Ceramics, Colorado State University
Joshua Stein, Architecture, Woodbury University, and Radical Craft

What Is Data Clay?

Data Clay connects a nascent movement of architects, artists, and designers exploring the medium of ceramics coupled with new digital technologies.


Date: Opening reception: Fri, Feb 6, 2015; Symposium Feb 7
Location: Museum of Craft and Design (link)

Data Clay Symposium, a one-day event presented by the Architecture and Fine Arts divisions, is being held in conjunction with the Data Clay: Digital Strategies for Parsing the Earth (January 17 through April 19, 2015) at the Museum of Craft and Design.

The event will focus on the use of digital tools and ceramic materials -- hot topic now in architecture, fabrication, digital craft, ceramics, sustainability circles.


Andy Brayman, Matter Factory, Kansas City
Laura Devendorf, School of Information, UC Berkeley
Jason Kelly Johnson, Architecture, CCA, and Future Cities Lab
Ron Rael, Architecture, UC Berkeley, and Emerging Objects, Oakland
Jenny Sabin, Architecture, Cornell University
Jenni Sorkin, Art History, UC Santa Barbara
Michael Swaine, Ceramics, CCA, and Future Farmers, San Francisco
Stephanie Syjuco, Sculpture, UC Berkeley, and Artist, San Francisco
Bobbye Tigerman, Associate Curator,LACMA


Colloquium Synopsis:

The Creative Architecture Machines Colloquium will bring together a small group of radical innovators, each making unique contributions to the field of architecture and design. Through presentations and a round-table discussion focused on experimental and speculative fabrication machines and processes, we will endeavor to contribute to a wider debate within architecture about the role architects might play in a coming world where the unity of code and machine processes are increasingly becoming fundamental to the discipline. The colloquium will explore the efficacy of these processes and what motivates them, with a broader aspiration of contributing to a wider conversation about architecture, technology and culture.

Creative Architecture Machines Fall 2014 Colloquium
Hosted by the CCA Digital Craft Lab / CCA Architecture
Organized by Jason Kelly Johnson (CCA & Future Cities Lab)

Monday Nov 3, 6:00-9pm Timken Lecture Hall
CCA San Francisco, 1111 8th Street

Keynote Lecturers:

Fedor Novikov & Petr Novikov, Labori Construction Robotics

Joshua Zabel, Kreysler & Associates

Virginia San Fratello & Ron Rael, Emerging Objects & UC Berkeley

Andrew Atwood, Atwood-a & UC Berkeley

Brandon Kruysman & Jonathan Proto, CCA & Bot n’Dolly (formerly Sci-Arc Robot House)

Jason Kelly Johnson, CCA & Future Cities Lab