SWA's Cinda Gilliland Examines Social Aspect of Urban Design

Cinda Gilliland, a principal at SWA Group in Sausalito, reacts to a recent article in The New Yorker about the network structure in urban design by asking about the importance of considering social network strength. Reposted from SWA’s Ideas blog with the authors permission. I am intrigued by the human resilience angle in the case for […]

Former CAF President and visionary leader of HMC Architects retires after 32 years

The California Architectural Foundation’s (CAF) 2008 President, Robert (Bob) Kain is retiring from HMC Architects after 32 years with the firm. He has been with HMC since 1981 and will officially retire on March 1, 2013. On behalf of the CAF Board of Regents and staff, we wish him continued success in all of his […]

Arid Lands Institute's Hadley Arnold looks back at Drylands Design

CAF was proud to partner with Arid Lands Institute on the 2012 Drylands Design Conference, which was held in March of last year and featured the research winners of CAF’s Turnbull Design Competition: Drylands Design. The conference continues to turn the attention of the design industry to water issues, most recently influencing the American Society […]

Gordon Chong Reflects on the Academy of Sciences

Gordon Chong, FAIA, FACHA, served as Executive Architect on the redesign of the California Academy of Sciences, and was the founder and chairperson of Chong Partners Architecture, now Stantec. Italy-based architect Renzo Piano sought a local partner who understood the intricacies of building in Golden Gate Park. Chong, who served as the national president of the […]

NewSchool of Architecture and Design Establishes the Ric Licata Legacy Scholarship

NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) is honoring alumnus Ric Licata, FAIA, an award-winning architect who passed away this year, by offering a scholarship in his name. The Ric Licata Legacy Scholarship provides $7,000 for enrollment in the school’s three-quarter Executive Master’s Program. The first scholarship is being offered in fall 2012.