TOMORROW! Graphic Design and Portfolio Workshop


The first session of the Graphic Design and Portfolio Workshop, led by Mary Scott of the AAU Graphic Design Department, will be held tomorrow, April 1st. The workshop will run from 3:00pm-5:00pm at 601 Brannan in the First Floor Gallery Space, 126A.

This workshop is extremely valuable to students who wish to develop their graphic design skills and produce a professionally competitive portfolio.

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NOMADgardens Tailgate



NOMADgardens is Turning ONE! Let’s Tailgate!!

NOMADgardens is turning 1! And because it’s the first weekend home game for the Giants, we thought a tailgate party would be appropriate. So come hang with us at the garden and help us celebrate an amazing year as well as kickoff year 2! We will be celebrating our amazing volunteers, gardeners and donors who are helping us build and sustain a healthy Mission Bay community.

WHAT: Tailgate Party – NOMADgardens Turns 1, Cake will be served @1pm! Food + Drinks will be available to purchase.


  • You + your friends
  • Picnic Blanket or Lawn Chair
  • SF Giant Spirit! (Bay Area apparel will be available to purchase!)
  • Donations – Yep, a plug! We’re a non-profit and right now rely solely on donations. So, if you like our vision, and believe in our model, please consider making a donation.

OUR VISION: Along with our celebration, we’ll also be looking to the future: 6 visions. Six students from the Academy of Art School of Landscape Architecture, will display their vision for NOMADgardens. We would love to hear what you would like to see in Mission Bay!

Looking forward to seeing you at the garden. I really can’t believe it’s been a year!
- Stephanie Goodson, Founder


Date: Saturday April 18th, 2014

Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Location: @ the Garden – 1401 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

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Sublimation – San Francisco Flower and Garden Show 2015

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The annual San Francisco Flower and Garden Show is just around the corner and the School of Landscape Architecture’s ASLA Student Affiliate Chapter has designed yet another striking garden that we expect will be a highlight at this year’s show.

Designed by a dedicated BFA and MFA design duo, Eric Arneson and Nahal Sohbati began their design process in August of 2014 which is based upon contrast, transition, and balance. “Sublimation” is defined as the transition of a substance directly from solid to gas without passing through the intermediate liquid phase. In this installation Sublimation is redefined in the gardenscape by emphasizing the transition from solid to void and from hard to soft. Stones, gabions and bold specimen plants are juxtaposed by an ethereal sculpture, epiphytic green walls, flowing grasses, and other vegetation that thrive in the California coastal climate. Circulation throughout the garden will be a sublime experience of contrasting elements resulting in artistic harmony.

Over the course of the past few weeks, the ASLA Student Affiliate Chapter has been hard at work creating elements such as a wood serpentine bench that will serve as the focal point of the design, testing full-scale mockups of stacked gabion cages, and building the sculpture piece that will create the illusion of lifting the solid base of the garden well beyond the confines of the space.

The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show serves as a platform for exhibits by landscape architects, designers, and students from around the nation who wish to showcase their creative design process from concept to reality in a very short period of time. Over the course of five days, innovative landscapes complete with sculpture pieces, fountains, waterfalls, seating areas, native and exotic plant material, and a great deal of passion and dedication completely transform the San Mateo event Center’s large barren shell and vast concrete floors into a variety of garden oases.

The show is open to the public for one week, March 18th – 22nd and is host to more than 5-acres of designer showcase gardens. Additionally, there are a full range of seminars, exhibits, and demonstrations that provide opportunities to learn about landscape design and innovation, gardening, growing and preparing garden-fresh food, designing with flowers and creating livable outdoor spaces.

Getting to the show is easy with Caltrain! The closest Caltrain stop to the San Mateo Event Center is the Hillsdale Caltrain Station. From there you can board the courtesy show shuttle which will drop you off directly in front of the event center’s entry. For cost of tickets, show schedule, and additional show information please visit the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show Website.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!


San Francisco Flower and Garden Show Details

Where: San Mateo Event Center – 1346 Saratoga Drive San Mateo, CA 94403

When: March 18th – March 22nd

Show Hours: Wednesday March 18th – Saturday March 21st : 10 am – 7pm

Sunday March 22nd: 10 am – 6 pm


Below you’ll see photos of students working on a mock-build of the garden show installation. We can’t wait to see the project completed!


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20150328-Urban Hike 11x17

Join the Academy of Art University’s School of Landscape Architecture

Saturday March 28th, 2015
10:30am – 2pm
Rain or Shine

Led by instructor David Vasquez, this hike will weave through some of the most breathtaking open spaces and historic sites along San Francisco’s western edge.

Our route will include stops at: The Windmills at Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, The Cliff House, Sutro Baths, Land’s End trail, Mile Rock Beach, The Legion of Honor, and Lands End Lookout.

Be prepared for lots of walking; Wear comfortable shoes, bring your camera, sketchbook, and money for lunch.

Meet at 10:30 am the Corner of Cabrillo and La Playa Street; Terminus of the 5 Fulton and 31 Balboa Muni lines

RSVP by Thursday, March 26th to
Sara Giarratana:

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Market Street Prototyping Festival

Market Street Prototyping

Save the Date, April 9-11

Follow and #MSPF for more info!
Shaping the future of Market St.
Market Street runs though the heart of our beautiful city, yet it can feel uninviting and disconnected. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Planning Department, and the James L. Knight Foundation believe that Market Street should bring together people from different neighborhoods and backgrounds. That’s why they’ve joined forces to help us make it a more engaging and vibrant destination.

An open call for creative ways to improve Market Street yielded hundreds of submissions from citizens and organizations. Fifty of these submissions were chosen to create rough models, or “prototypes”, that demonstrate how their idea would work. From April 9th – 11th, Market Street will come alive with these ideas. Its wide sidewalks will be filled with temporary installations ranging from performances spaces, relaxation zones, dynamic art pieces, and more.

Come and walk the festival route, check out the installations, and tell us what you think. A selection of these designs will then move from prototype to reality, as part of our city’s Better Market Street initiative.

Source: Market Street Prototyping Festival

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Solar-Hydrogen Future

2015- David Vasquez

Join The School of Landscape Architecture on Thursday March 5th, 2015 @ 6:30pm for an exciting lecture by David Vasquez about the Solar-Hydrogen Future and the possibilities it holds.

When: Thursday March 5th, 2015 – 6:30pm

Where: The Cannery, Suite 300


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Urban Apiary Project


Urban Apiary Project is looking for a freelance Roofscape Architect.

You will be asked to design rooftop gardens for buildings in the Bay Area.

The projects will range from a simple plant garden to more complex installations (plant walls, seating areas, deck, etc.).

The common goal of all the projects is to integrate and complement custom made modern honeybee hives installed on the rooftops.

Materials to be used: natural wood, metal, glass, BACSAC

The is the opportunity to see your work go from design to implementation in a few weeks, and work in an exciting start up environment of young entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds.

$1,000 – $2,500 per project


Email resume and portfolio link to: Raoul Dechant –


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LECTURE: Regenerating Landscapes

2015- Sergio Lima

Join The School of Landscape Architecture on Wednesday February 25th, 2015 @ 6:30pm for an exciting lecture by Sergio Lima about a series of projects he has worked on in Tulsa, Oklahoma between 2005 and 2012  with a focus on the Arkansas River Master Plan, Brady District Streetscape, 41st Street Plaza, Blair Property renovation, and Guthrie Green. Lima will discuss the importance of the design of the landscape in stimulating and regenerating synergies for an entire city.

When: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 – 6:30pm

Where: The Cannery, Suite 300


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LECTURE: Structures in the Landscape

Stroyan Class

Join instructor Stephanie Troyan’s class LAN 360: The Technical World 3: Construction Documents, today (February 19th, 2015) at  3:30 pm for a presentation by a representative of Ross Recreation Equipment regarding Playground structures and Landscape Furnishings as well as insight about how vendors work with Landscape Architects on both public and private projects.

When: February 19th, 2015 @ 3:30pm

Where: The Cannery, Room 300B

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Wright Yang and Alan Lewis Present: RIBBON PARK

20150219- Stormwater Design Creativity

Join Wright Yang, Senior Associate of Hargreaves Associates, and instructor of LAN 660 (Designing Public Spaces) and LAN 801 (Graduate Directed Study) of the School of Landscape Architecture at the Academy of Art University, and Alan Lewis, Associate Director Open Space Practice Leader of SOM San Francisco for the presentation of Ribbon Park in Tanguu, Tianjin, China.

When: Thursday, February 19th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Where: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA, 94104.

Learn about one of the leading open space and stormwater design projects in China, and network with professionals in the field of Landscape Architecture.

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