College of Architecture & Environmental Design Tours


Winter and Alternate Language Virtual Visits

Because of the ongoing situation due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have unfortunately canceled all in-person tours for the foreseeable future. To help prospective students still learn about our programs, we are now offering "Virtual Visits" over Zoom. During these sessions, an overview of the college and each major will be discussed and students will have an opportunity to ask CAED Ambassadors questions about CAED and our programs. These sessions will be held on Zoom with our CAED Ambassadors each Tuesday this winter from 4:10 to 5:00 pm. These tours start on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021.

To sign up, please visit Cal Poly Admissions. Under the option to "Explore our Academic Colleges," select the College of Architecture and Environmental Design and follow the directions to complete the sign-up. After your registration is complete, directions for logging on and a Zoom link will be sent to you. If you have any questions, please email

We are also happy to now offer Alternate Language Virtual Visits in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Spanish. We hope that these will make it more accessible for prospective students and families to learn about our programs. These tours are by request and will be scheduled on weekends. If interested, please email to set one up.

If you cannot make the typically scheduled tour on Tuesdays at 4:10 pm, please email caed-tours@calpoly and a new virtual visit will be set up for you and your family.

To learn more about the CAED Student Ambassadors, click here. 

Virtual Resources

View a Video Tour: This video explains a little about each our majors and resources in our college, while showing photos of some of the student experiences in CAED. You can watch it here: CAED Virtual Tour

Read Frequently Asked Questions: Our CAED Student Ambassadors have put together this resource about the most common questions we recieve about CAED and their answers. Please click here to access it: FAQs / Frequently asked Questions About Our CAED Programs


Are you a prospective student or alumni who is interested in architectural engineering, architecture, city and regional planning, construction management, or landscape architecture?  The CAED Student Ambassadors are pleased to assist with your visit!  

Note: These overview tours are not offered right now due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We offer an overview tour of all five departments each Monday at 10:10 am-12:00 pm and Friday at 10:10-11:00 am. We are also now offering one weekend tour a month, usually on the third Saturday of the month at 11:10 am-12:00 pm (check for correct days below). Registration is not required for our regularly scheduled tours, however it does help us plan our tours better.

College tours begin in the lobby of the College of Architecture & Environmental Design, Building 05, Room 212, and are led by the CAED Ambassadors.


If you would like to visit outside of the listed tour times, please email We will make every attempt to accommodate you whenever you visit Cal Poly, but we politely ask that you only request a special tour if you aren't able to attend a regularly scheduled tour.

If you are visiting when tours are not available, you may use the Self-Guided Tour Map to explore our facilities.

For questions or additional information, contact the CAED Ambassadors at

CAED Tour Times 

Note: These tour times are not the tour times of our Virtual Visits. Please see above for more information about Virtual Visits

Our weekend tours typically occur on the third Saturday of each month from 11:10 am to 12:00 noon.

Our weekday tours typically occur each Monday and Friday from 10:10 to 11:00 am.

CAED tours are NOT available during the first week of the quarter, finals week, weekends, holidays, winter break and summer break.

Ambassador-led tours will not be available:

  • Veterans Day- November 11
  • Thanksgiving- November 25 - December 1
  • Winter Break- December 15 - January 5
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day- January 20
  • Washington's Birthday- February 17
  • Spring Break- March 23 - 29
  • Memorial Day- May 25
  • Summer Break- June 15 - September 2020

(Click Here for the current academic calendar).

Times Event Location

10:10-11am on Mondays and Fridays 



Architecture Bldg. 05, Room 212.

9:30 am - 11:40 am or 1:30 -3:40 pm

University Tour University Union (UU), Bldg. 65
1:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch Near University Union (UU), Bldg. 19
12:10 pm - 1:00 pm or 3:40 - 4:30 pm University Housing Tour Front of Admin. Bldg. 1 

(Note: Tour times subject to change)

You can register for a university campus tour, housing tour, or CAED tour at

Frequently Asked Questions

For prospective and newly admitted students, here are a list of CAED FAQ's commonly asked during the Ambassador tours.

Parking and Campus Map

Be sure to allow time to purchase a parking permit before the tour. Daily parking permits can be purchased for $10.00 at the visitor information center at the Grand Avenue entrance of campus, or at pay stations found in General Parking lots. Metered spaces are also available throughout campus, though many have time limits of less than two hours. A campus map shows nearby parking lots and pay stations (for a legend of parking symbols on the campus map, click Help and on the drop-down menu, select Parking).

Parking on campus is limited and lots are spread out, so allow extra time to walk from your car. 


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