Archinect - Features 2015-09-02T02:35:01-04:00 The Deans List: David Gissen of California College of the Arts Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-21T13:27:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T16:02:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The <strong>Deans List</strong> is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school&rsquo;s programming, as defined by the head honcho &ndash; giving an invaluable perspective into the institution&rsquo;s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment.</p> <p> For our first installment, we spoke with <strong><a href="" target="_blank">David Gissen</a></strong>, the Director of Architecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.</p> Review: Central Park at Playa Vista by Michael Maltzan Architects Orhan Ayyüce 2011-04-27T14:27:00-04:00 >2015-03-22T00:58:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Placed near the east end of continuously expanding Playa Vista, a mixed use development with the marketing strategies and lifestyles of loosely called New Urbanist or thereabouts genre, the newly opened &ldquo;Central Park&ldquo; could be described with the words of my film maker friend as a &ldquo;designer park,&rdquo; meant semi ironically and with an admiration for its talented layout and realization.</p> A Conversation with Michael Woo Orhan Ayyüce 2011-04-07T20:02:59-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><i>By Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</i> &nbsp; <p> <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Woo</a> is the dean of California Polytechnic University, Pomona the College of Environmental Design which contains departments of&nbsp;Architecture, Art, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, and the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. He is a familiar name in Southern California. Mr. Woo has served in Los Angeles City Council and ran for the mayor's office in 1993 as the Democratic candidate, losing by a small margin to Republican candidate and businessman Richard Riordan. A planner by education, Mr. Woo is a unique dean for a design school with the background of an established politician and, to a degree, an environmental activist. I sat down with him last December in his office and had this conversation.</p>