Designer is San Francisco finishing up my BArch at the California College of the Arts in Fall 2013. Interested in sustainable design, digital fabrication, urban studies, and parametric design. Please visit my website http://mark-zannad.squarespace.com
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, US, BArch, Architecture
I transferred to the California College of the Arts in 2009 to pursue a NAAB accredited BArch degree. The awarding winning school and faculty led by Ila Berman was an easy choice among design schools on the west coast. The schools location and unique combination of fine arts and design makes it a vibrant community incorporating very diverse and progressive ideas, practices, and classes.
The schools rigorous architecture program is known for it's emphasis on the conceptual side of design but it also maintains a very comprehensive curriculum for pragmatic building design and construction. During my time at CCA I have focused on a broad range of specialty subjects including, Arena Design, Lightweight Structures, School Design, Urban Housing, Urban Planning, Climate Resources, Parametric Design Digital Representation and Digital Fabrication.
During the Summer of 2012 I participated in a 3-week travel studio led by Ila Berman and Mona El-Khafif analyzing the urban development and waterfront development of Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Barcelona.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, US, Bachelors of Architecture
Originally from Las Vegas, I began my Architecture education at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. The first years of the program taught me the basics of visually representing Architecture through hand drawing and hand rendering. The programs early studios teach the basics of Architectural design through precedent analysis of early modern architecture.
I transferred to the California College of the Arts in 2009 to pursue a NAAB accredited BArch degree and to attend a school that was embracing the next generation of Architectural Design.
Spring 2013 California College of the Arts Jury Prize Nominee, Nomination
In May of 2013 My partner and I were awarded the studio nomination for the school wide Jury Prize for our design of a lightweight school on the remote island of Bubaque in Guinea Bissau. The school was to be designed taking into consideration the lack of resources, and the difficulty of shipping items through the very shallow waters surrounding the island. The project used Gaudi's experiments in compression as precedent. To protect the school from the harsh equatorial sun a lightweight panelized roof designed from a catenary mesh provided a comfortable environment for the school to inhabit.
Fall 2011 California College of the Arts Jury Prize Nominee, Nomination
In December of 2011 I was awarded the studio nomination for the school wide Jury Prize for my design of a 140-foot hotel and urban market on the Highline Park in the Chelsea district of New York City. The project took advantage of the new generation of building codes that govern construction in the Chelsea neighborhood. The project heavily focused on structure, utilizing a twisting exterior space-frame to create a dynamic facade and an open floor plan. The Studio was taught by Judith Mussel and Jason Anderson.