The product of a Peruvian-Colombian fusion, Vivanco moved to San Francisco in the early 1980’s to complete her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley. She later graduated with honors from Columbia University’s GSAPP. Vivanco has practiced architecture in Japan, Portugal, Italy and Brazil and has taught at Barnard and Columbia in New York, UC Berkeley and CCa in the Bay Area, Escola da Cidade in São Paulo and Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima.
In addition to leading the San Francisco based firm, A+D, Architecture+Design Sandra Vivanco is Associate Professor of Architecture and Chair of Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts. Based on the premise that inclusiveness and excellence in design can and should co-exist, the work of A+D has been recognized globally.
Sandra Vivanco has authored several articles on Latin American 20th century architecture - specifically the post war condition in Brazil – including chapters in Transculturation, Cities, Spaces and Architectures in Latin America and Baroque New Worlds. Several of her residential projects are featured in two recent books: San Francisco Modern Homes and Casas en la Ciudad, Architectural Houses. Vivanco was selected Architect of Community as one of 10 Architects to Watch featured in California Home & Design magazine in 2010.
MA in Architecture, 1991,
Columbia University, School of Architecture
BA with Honors, 1985,
University of California, Berkeley
2006 AIA East Bay, Exceptional Residential: Bay Area Regional Design Award
2005 AIA Small Firms Great Projects
Registered Architect in the State of California,
American Institute of Architects
National Organization on Minority Architects
Organization of Women Architects