Architecture Day for ACE Students

IMG_6402 editedCSDA staff recently facilitated a successful mentorship event for ACE’s Architecture Day. The event, held at CSDA’s San Francisco office, included an overview of the architecture profession, client/consultant relationship communication, and a workshop for students to apply their knowledge to a real case study.

Through the workshop, students were able to gain hands-on experience and education from industry professionals, understand the different phases of the design process, and learn how to work effectively to meet clients’ needs.

The event included a case study, with the tasks including programming and massing models for Pier 30-32 (previously known as the new Warriors Stadium) site. The site was divided into five parcels – a boathouse, a community center, a firehouse, a mixed-use building, and a sports complex. Each of the five groups of students were responsible for developing a program and massing model based on the client wish lists and the analysis of site constraints from their previous site visit in February.

Victoria Yau, CSDA team member and ACE mentor, will be attending ACE’s Student Project Presentation Celebration on May 20, 2015 to support ACE mentees for their project presentations.

CSDA’s Ongoing Commitment to ACE

Since 2011, CSDA has been a proud supporter of the ACE Mentor Program of America. Throughout CSDA’s four-year partnership with ACE, we have facilitated multiple workshops, presentations, design competitions and summer internships for aspiring architects and designers located in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Oakland.

Victoria Yau, Tommy Tan, and Greg Baker of CSDA’s San Francisco office have teamed with other mentors from local Bay Area firms such as AECOM, SKS Developers, and ARUP in hosting weekly workshops at various locations for students to explore and collaborate with each other on various architectural, construction and engineering projects.

Diana Marquez and Daniel Kwak of CSDA’s Los Angeles office have teamed with design, engineering and construction professionals from Thorton Tomasetti, Clark Construction and Los Angeles World Airports to mentor students at Lennox Mathematics, Science & Technology Academy in Lennox, CA. Diana and Daniel are both participating in bi-weekly workshops to encourage and empower students with industry knowledge and experience.

To learn more about the ACE Mentor Program, please visit

CSDA Welcomes Anat Grant as Director of Acoustics

Grant_AnatAnat Grant recently joined CSDA’s Los Angeles office as director of acoustics. Anat is a member of the Acoustical Society of America and a LEED Accredited Professional. With over 12 years of worldwide experience, Anat has provided acoustical consulting, noise and vibration control and computer simulation services for a wide range of project types that include education, performing arts, cultural facilities, healthcare, institutional and hospitality.

Previously, Anat was an acoustician at Newson Brown Acoustics and Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL). In her career she has worked on notable projects such as the Smithsonian Institution Renwick Gallery Renovation (Washington, DC), Motiongate Theme Park (Dubai), Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, NY), USC Annenberg Innovation Lab (Los Angeles, CA), VA Long Beach Medical Center (Long Beach, CA), and Grand Hyatt Incheon (Seoul, South Korea).

She holds a Master of Science degree in Acoustical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hartford, Connecticut.

“As a seasoned acoustician and project manager, Anat brings a well thought out design and approach to every project. Her knowledge for the nuances of acoustical design has proven to be invaluable,” said Randy Waldeck, principal of acoustics at CSDA.

Mike Schöen to Speak at 2015 CCSA Conference

The 22nd annual California Charter School Association (CCSA) conference will be held in Sacramento on March 16-19, 2015. This year’s conference theme is “One Movement Many Voices.”

Mike Schöen, Sr. Associate of CSDA Design Group, will be leading a presentation on how the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center has made a positive impact on the community of Pacoima, California. The session, titled “Creating a Community Through Education,” will be held on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015. He will be speaking with Dr. Yvonne Chan, founder of the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, and Jason Cave, Chief Estimator for Del Amo Construction. They will also discuss how STEAM and 21st century curricula can be incorporated in building educational spaces that foster community participation.

For more information on the CCSA conference and to see the full schedule of events, visit their website:

From Left: Mike Schöen, Dr. Yvonne Chan, Jason Cave

Randy DeVoto Panelist at 2015 AAIE Conference

Randy DeVoto, Principal, AIA, LEED AP

Randy DeVoto, Principal, AIA, LEED AP

The 49th annual Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) conference was held in San Francisco on February 9-11, 2015. This year’s conference theme was “From the Creative to the Practical: Exploring Ways for International Schools to Be the Safest, Most Dynamic Learning Communities.”

Randy DeVoto, Principal of CSDA Design Group, was a panelist along with four other renown professionals in the international architectural community. The session, titled “Schools of the Future: Meet the Experts in School Design and Facilities Planning,” took place on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 10.

For more information on the AAIE conference and to see the full schedule of events, visit their website at

Happy Holidays from CSDA!


Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season, from the CSDA team. For 2014, we are proud to donate to the following organizations:

Kentfield Invests in Kids

Kentfield, CA

Para Los Ninos
Los Angeles, CA

Voices for Children
San Diego, CA