Sandra I. Vivanco
Sandra I. Vivanco is the founding principal of A+D, Architecture + Design in San Francisco. Based on the premise that inclusiveness and design excellence can and should co-exist, the work of A+D is globally recognized and operates at multiple scales. Vivanco has practiced architecture in Japan, Portugal, Peru, Italy, Mexico and Brazil. Most notably, in 1990 she worked for Portuguese Pritzker prize winner Alvaro Siza and continues to collaborate with international firms.
Widely recognized as a modern architect with a deep commitment to public work, Vivanco is also known as a Latin American cultural expert. Fluent in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese; Vivanco skillfully synthesizes theory and practice in her work. Sometimes design proposals start in the classroom and are deployed as design build projects. Other times a professional commission might find a different life in the studio. Two successful recent examples are the permanent built interventions by her students at Plaza Adelante – a community service and art center for Latino immigrants located on Mission and 19th streets- and a current urban design studio that proposes a temporary global event on 38 acres of waterfront remediated land owned by PG&E and located at Bay View Hunter’s Point in San Francisco.