Pinterest San Francisco, CA SaA’s work as executive architect for this 45,000 sq ft tenant improvement corresponded with Pinterest’s rapid expansion, including the continued evolution of the company’s ethos and character. In many ways, the building was seen by the client as a blank architectural canvas to be curated by the employees, much as their web presence supports the gathering and organization of images into a virtual pin board. Through a series of Make-A-Thons, the Pinterest folks moved in and hacked the space, immediately making it their own. SaA worked with an initial schematic design proposal from project designer All of the Above / First Office, adding isolated components to the design as the company’s needs developed through construction. For us, the project showcases our collaborative spirit with our clients; one which fosters spaces aligned with their unique visions.

Now, we have been hired as the architect for the 15,000 sq ft expansion of Pinterest's headquarters into an adjacent historic structure..
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Project Credits
  • Executive Architect, Project 808
    Neal Schwartz | Lourdes Garcia
    +SaA (Neil O'Shea, Wyatt Arnold, Eirk Bloom, Joshua Yoches)
  • Project Designer
    All of the Above / First Office: Janette Kim | Anna Neimark & Andrew Atwood
  • Structural Engineer
    Yu Structural Engineers
  • Photography
    Eddy Joaquim
Terra Inventum University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy
Campus Landscape Proposal - In collaboration with artist Rebecca Thompson.
Propelled by the idea of a Terra Inventum, our College of Pharmacy proposal creates a communal space of discovery and engagement derived both from the terra firma of nature as well as the scientific impulse towards the pursuit of the unknown. Taking the form of two chromosome strands carving through the site, Terra Inventum creates a direct physical and visual connection between the College and the Quad Ravine, science and nature.

Hidden in this "land of discovery" are a series of small, unexpected finds provoking and rewarding the curious – a model for the kind of active-learning environments at the core of the College’s mission:

The Genome Wall
Embedded in the limestone wall are translucent inserts and motion sensors that flicker in genetic mapping patterns as people pass by.

The Laboratory Table
Scientific notations and bronze-castings of laboratory objects animate the central communal meeting table..

The Ravine Grove
The central "ravine" slopes gently downward as the chromosome shaped stone walls hold back landscape berms to create a sense of enclosure similar in spirit to the Quad Ravine.

Our proposal for the College of Pharmacy seeks to gracefully unite elements grounded in the "terra firma" of limestone walls, dense trees, medicinal plantings and the ravine –with science’s optimism for discovery and the potential of the unknown. This spirit of collaboration, active-learning and discovery that the College seeks to inspire inside its walls now extends outside in the playful discoveries embedded in Terra Inventum


Project Credits
  • Architect Team
    Neal Schwartz, Wyatt Arnold, Christopher Baile
  • Artist
    Rebecca Thompson
  • Master Stone Mason and Carver
    JB Barnhouse



Guerrilla Street Museum San Francisco, CA Urban street beautification projects often confuse “beauty” with cleanliness, sweeping aside the unsavory realities of the street. The Guerilla Street Museum serves as a model for engaging and activating the street while simultaneously revealing what beautification projects often seek to hide. Museums traditionally display only artifacts deemed worthy by the culture that supports it. Here, we give the street its own “museum,” which can be replicated across the city as a mechanism to reveal the hidden stories of many diverse constituencies and neighborhoods.

This project was a collaboration between architecture students at CCA, led by Associate Professor Neal Schwartz, and Larkin Street Youth Services. The work both promotes the mission of Larkin Street and exhibits the creative work of the homeless and at-risk youth they serve. The project was exhibited as one of fifty installations selected for the 2015 Market Street Prototyping Festival and will be exhibited during the summer of 2015 in other venues.

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CCA Architecture Team
  • Adika Djojosugito
  • Joy Fu
  • Danny Hsieh
  • Eva Jin
  • Saharsh Khaitan
  • Fredy Lim
  • Susan Lopez
  • Li Lu
  • Martin Setiawan
  • Andrea Tse
  • Melody Villavicencio
Brandeis University Waltham, MA
Faculty Center Expansion and President’s House
SaA recently completed concept design for the expansion of the 1959 classic Modernist faculty center at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, including the addition of the first on-campus home for the President of the university. SaA's design reorganizes and extends the public space of the faculty center and situates the new President's house to the north, capturing a courtyard between the two. This new courtyard comprises one of four seasonally specific "event landscapes" that integrate the new buildings with their natural surroundings, provide new gathering space for campus functions and create both a link and buffer between the public and private programs.
Project Credits
  • Architect Team
    Neal Schwartz, Neil O'Shea, Joshua Yoches
Speed Bump: Children’s Creativity Museum San Francisco, CA Through Public Architecture’s pro-bono 1% Program, a clearing house for non-profits in need of design assistance, SaA donated 250 hours of design time for the schematic design of an entrance and lobby renovation. The scheme uses a series of tactile films and textures (in the form of anamorphic text projections of the Museum’s mission) to guide, slow and speed visitors through the space.
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Project Credits
  • Architect Team
    Neal Schwartz, Joshua Yoches
Onomatopoetic Space: I Make My Own Name
Emeryville Center for the Arts
Emeryville, CA - Invited Competition Some words take shape directly from the expressiveness of the sounds they name…. SPLAT! WHAAM! POW! Poets often use these onomatopoetic words to engage us more viscerally with the pictures they hope to paint in our mind's eye. We imagine a new home for ECA that is as directly formed by the artistic impulses it houses– a space in which art, artist, community, and environment are intimately enmeshed: Onomatopoetic Space. ECA's mission nurtures cultural literacy through community engagement with art. Taking this charge to heart, we explore ways to design this "engaged space" by blurring the lines between artistic production and community participation. Rather than a traditional white box with art installed within it, the spirit of ECA is more like that of an Open Studio –the artistic process inhabits and creates the world around it, and the visitors, through their interaction, complete the space. Within Onomatopoetic Space each expressive element of the architecture is cultivated directly from inspiration from the artist or community. SaA was one of six firms selected to participate in this exploratory design process with the project sponsor.

  • Eddy Joaquim
    Kevin Meredith

Lightbox | Darkbox
RayKo Photography Community Center
San Francisco, CA For this project in a 12,000 square foot converted industrial building, we detailed and managed the highly technical requirements of the photo studios and labs, designing the gallery, its furniture, signage, and pivoting wall. The "lightbox" in the center of the gallery space actually contains darkrooms, with a back-lit scrim above providing the source of illumination for the public spaces. We worked closely with a French manufacturer of PVC fabrics to develop this continuous illuminated parapet. The project team included Kogod Smiley Architects through schematic design.

and Publications
  • Faculty Design Award, Honorable Mention
    Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 2007
  • Architectural Lighting, February 2007
  • Excellence in Interior Architecture, Merit Award, American Institute of Architects San Francisco, 2006

Natural Capital
Senior Housing Competition
Novato, CA - In collaboration with Mona El Khafif Any site's conditions, however difficult, represent types of "capital" that we can harness to foster complex and sustainable communities. With this as a guiding principle, new investments can then be strategically designed that work in harmony with a site's existing assets and potentials. The project seamlessly integrates economic, social and environmental strategies, re-imagining the conventional model of senior housing and offering a sustainable approach to residential development. The design maintains and strengthens vital connections to ecological systems and access to adjacent communities, fostering a mutual exchange of natural and communal resources across generations.

and Publications
  • Honorable Mention

Off Grid 2.0 Ideas Competition: Healing the Damaged Edge
Sausalito, CA The Lamella project imagines a continually shifting land- and water-scape at Horseshoe Cove that fosters public consciousness of the dynamic nature of our environment and our responsibilities to sustain it. The project deploys an expandable net of recycled plastic components, which create a new civic-terrain dedicated to environmental education and demonstration projects.
Alluvial Net
Bay Conservation & Development Commission Rising Tides Competition
Bay Area The Alluvial Net embraces the stark realities of rising water levels and increasingly erratic storm events as a springboard to imagine a poetic new form of civic infrastructure at the water's edge. The "net" is an alluvial sediment and water catchment system, which evolves from a prefabricated set of prototypical building-components. As these units accrete, they form a porous tidal habitat, bio-remediation filter, and public landscape amidst the inundated low-lying industrial and commercial zones that ring much of the San Francisco Bay.
Napa City-County Library Teen Center & Masterplan Napa Through participation with Public Architecture's 1% pro-bono program, this project offered schematic design services to the Napa City-County Library. The project initiated a grant-funded design for a designated Teen Center in the library, reinforcing the library's traditional role as a welcoming resource for diverse communities. Central to the re-organization plan is the creation of an active browsing "marketplace." Anchored by a bold mural wall, this area consolidates the various programs into a vibrant new community home.
Workshare Technologies Offices San Francisco, CA This project inserts a new 80-foot long translucent screen wall, reception area, and conference room into an existing converted warehouse space to organize the public and private zones within the corporate offices. The challenge of the project was to create a visual screen without sacrificing natural light or the existing openness of the space. The slat-wall of the freestanding conference room is formed by a sandwich of medium density fiberboard, Plexiglas, and metal studs, each layer contributing to the play of light in the room.
San Francisco State University Plaza Renovations and Food Kiosks
San Francisco, CA
This project for five new food kiosks and adjacent public space upgrades takes its cues from the existing dynamic 1970's student center architecture without attempting to compete with it. The two free-standing south plaza kiosks draw formally on the original building while synthesizing these elements into a more subtle and human-scaled composition.