Sandra Vivanco, AIA, SEED
May 2016
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo festivities as well as the Mexican Museum Dedication Ceremony, Sandra Vivanco graces the cover of the Spring Issue of By Design, a quarterly CASA alumni publication by UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design. Go ahead and check it out for yourselves what they say about her in the cover article entitled Design Excellence and Environmental Justice:

"Armed with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, a love for design and a passionate commitment for teaching, Vivanco is a Professor of Architecture and Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts. She has taught and lectured for 20 years. We are privileged to relate her inspiring story."

November 2015
The Palm Springs Art Museum invited Sandra Vivanco to participate in a two-day round table discussion entitled Living Architecture: Lina Bo Bardi and Albert Frey. This scholarly panel will share their expertise while exploring globally relevant, critical contemporary ethical concerns in design and architecture through the practices and legacies of two unique modernist architects.

August 2015
A+D in association with David Baker and Partners, Mission Housing Development Corporation and John Stewart Company were the second runner up for the affordable housing project sponsored by the SF Mayor’s Office of Housing at 2070 Folsom. Our team proposed 102 units ranging from studios for Transitional Age Youth to 3 bedroom family units over PDR and community space including a café to connect our proposed courtyard with the future park planned for the front of that block between 17th and 16th streets in the Mission.

September 2014
A+D was fully represented at the first annual “Perspectivas” Exhibit hosted by the LIA at the Alter space gallery in San Francisco. Sandra Vivanco and Jose Brunner represented the Screen House and The Hunters Point Power Plant respectively for this amazing exhibition. Among A+D’s work stood 15 other artists and architects work from all around the bay area.

June 2013
A+D, Architecture + Design
in joint venture with Pfau Long Architecture was selected as the Architect of Record for the New Mexican Museum in Yerba Buena Gardens. Besides the Mexican Museum Board of Directors, A+D will be working closely with TEN Arquitectos - responsible for the museum design, Handel Architects - in charge of the residential tower that houses the museum and Millennium Partners - the project developer.
February 2016
Sandra Vivanco was invited to present the work of the Build Lab at the next National Conference for the Beginning Design Student held at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. This conference will explore the role and value of 1:1 in contemporary design pedagogy. As an expansive theme, 1:1 can be understood as a scale of work, a process of translation, or a working relationship. A 1:1 engagement with materials can also be a 1:1 engagement with the world outside of design studio—local and global communities, industry, and other disciplines.

October 2015
The Mexican Museum finally has Site Permit approval! In collaboration with Handel Architects and Millennium Partners, ADPL - the JV between A+D and PLA - was successful in obtaining SF Planning Approval to begin the demolition of the garage underneath our joint project. WEBCOR is the selected general contractor and construction is set to begin on January 2016 or earlier.

May 2015
Co-directed by Sandra Vivanco and Peter Anderson, the CCA Build Lab completed an intervention last May at the Mission Street Navigation Center which is a project sponsored by the SF Mayor’s Office of Housing Opportunity Partnerships and Engagement. Located at 1950 Mission between 15th and 16th streets, the project was to build a processing area that welcomes the formerly homeless as they are getting checked into the temporary housing facility that can accommodate up to 75 people and has the novel approach of allowing its users to bring loved ones and pets.

September 2014
The SF Chronicle has published an article called Case Studies in living small in S.F. It features the Screen House as an example for multigenerational urban living and intelligent use of space.

May 2013
Finally, 2013 marks a historic year for our principal Sandra Vivanco as she has been promoted to full Professor of Architecture and Diversity Studies in recognition to her 18 years of teaching at CCa. This also marks her third year as Chair of Diversity Studies where she has led a variety of academic initiatives including a Fall conference entitled Under the Radar, a self-evaluation academic report and the SEED workshop last Spring.
January 2016
A+D, Architecture + Design was represented at an important round-table discussion on diversity and architecture hosted by BAYA, LiA and NOMA at the SFAIA. Sandra Vivanco was joined by June Grant from blink!LAB, Prairna Gupta from WRNS and Leopold Ray-Lynch from WLC.

December 2015
Co-directed by Sandra Vivanco and Peter Anderson, the CCA Build Lab is hard at work finishing a prototype to be deployed at the former SF Shipyard being developed by Lennar Urban. At the request of [uncontained] we designed an event structure that activates public space through retail, human interaction, play and education. We are launching our prototype at SPUR on December 8th at a panel discussion about Activating San Francisco’s Southeast Waterfront where we will explore the opportunities for interim use of these sites, and how thoughtful activation programs can provide amenities and build community.

September 2015
Sandra Vivanco presented her research Designing and crafting a nation: The Interior Spaces of Clara Porset, at the 2015 Annual Design History Society Conference in San Francisco as well as the 55th International Congress of Americanists in San Salvador. This chapter on the role of craft and industrial design is part of her forthcoming book on Gender and Modern Architecture in XX century Latin America.

October 2014
The Mexican Museum design team has revealed their concept design for the New Mexican museum building in the Yurba Buena gardens. It was shown at the Builders Society kick starter and fund raiser event at the Four Seasons Hotel overlooking the future site of the building. At the event Ann Rockefeller, Guadalupe Rivera, and Consul general of Mexico Andres Roemer were honored for their contributions to the Museum and the Society.

April 2013
Sandra Vivanco
, in partnership with her CCa colleagues Christopher Roach and Leonardo Zylbelberg, conducted a seminar followed by an advanced architectural design studio on hinterland urbanism design models in the South American region over the Guarani Aquifer shared by four countries: Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. They will be presenting their findings in the upcoming Buenos Aires Bienal 2013 as part of the Harvard GSD led South American project (SAP).