Architecture and Landscape Architecture Students Invite Public to 5th-year shows!
Cal Poly Graduating College of Architecture and Environmental Design Students Invite Public to View Exhibits
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly fifth-year architecture and landscape architecture students will cap off a year of intensive research and design work by showcasing about 190 thesis projects to the public in late May and early June.
The showcase — one of California’s largest student design and architecture exhibitions — is produced by graduating seniors in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. The college is host to the No. 1 ranked architecture and landscape architecture programs on the West Coast, according to the most recent DesignIntelligence survey.
Architecture students will display their thesis projects Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, followed by the landscape architecture students’ show Friday, June 7. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Titled “SHOW!,” the 16th annual Fifth-Year Architecture Thesis Showcase will celebrate the research and design work of 172 students, serving as a pinnacle moment in their undergraduate education. The projects cover a diverse range of pressing architectural topics, including housing, sustainability, urbanism and public space.
The entire show is organized and executed by the Fifth-Year Architecture Student Committee, comprised of student delegates from each thesis design studio. This committee was formed to enhance the collective fifth-year experience and to promote awareness for the ongoing work of the respective thesis studios.
“The end-of-year showcase is a really special tradition for the Architecture Department,” said student committee co-chair Nico Unverzagt, of Torrance, California. “The format provides a great public forum for architectural thesis students to exhibit their research and design work before closing out this chapter of their education."
An opening reception for “SHOW!” will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 24, in the Cal Poly Recreation Center Multi-Activity Center. The exhibition continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 25, in the same venue. For additional information about “SHOW!,” visit https://architecture.calpoly.edu/architecture-show.
The landscape architecture graduating class will hold its “Capstone Studio Showcase: Margarita’s Mixtape” on June 7. The show reflects the creativity, dedication and talent of 14 members of the Senior Studio class, who have designed projects intended to foster social mobility in South Dallas, provide recreational opportunities for Los Angeles youth in advance of the 2028 Olympics, envision a river walk in San Diego, and improve mental and physical health through a therapeutic garden at a Sacramento hospital. Other projects tackle climate change, light pollution, watershed restoration, educational environments, community and urban designs, and other innovations in landscape architecture.
The show will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the historic Dallidet Adobe and Gardens, 1185 Pacific St. in San Luis Obispo. Information about the “Capstone Studio Showcase: Margarita’s Mixtape” can be found at https://landscape.calpoly.edu/content/spring-2019-senior-showcase.
About the College of Architecture and Environmental Design
With more than 1,900 students, Cal Poly’s acclaimed College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) offers a unique blend of eight degree programs in five closely related departments: architectural engineering, architecture, city and regional planning, construction management, and landscape architecture. For more than 70 years, the CAED programs and 16,000 alumni have been a positive influence on the forces that shape the planning, design and construction worlds. The college’s bachelor of architecture, and landscape architecture programs have been ranked No. 1 on the West Coast and No. 3 and No. 6 respectively nationwide in DesignIntelligence’s latest survey of the country’s top 20 architecture and design schools. Learn more at www.caed.calpoly.edu.
Left: Danial Mahfoud’s thesis project, Solid Space, was one of the nearly 150 projects featured at the 2018 Cal Poly Fifth-Year Architecture Thesis Showcase. His project proposed a new form of urban space for Los Angeles in which diverse social, economic and political constituencies are radically integrated.
Right: Christy O'Hara, a faculty member in Cal Poly’s Landscape Architecture Department, reviews the work of the Winter Quarter 2019 Fifth-Year Landscape Architecture Showcase.