Architecture Professor Honored With Distinguished Teaching Award

SAN LUIS OBISPO –  Professor of Architecture, Sandra Stannard was one of three faculty selected for the Distinguished Teaching Award for the 2014- 15 academic year. 

The Distinguished Teaching Award was established to recognize faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching at Cal Poly.  Criteria include presentation of material that stimulates thinking, innovative instructional approaches and a high degree of student interaction.

Stannard's teaching revolves around issues of ecological sensitivity; she teaches design studios, building technology coursework, and advises master's theses.

"Despite living in an era of increasingly diminished resources," explains Stannard, "I hope that my students develop a passion for ecological sensitive design -design that is place-based, resource smart, and experientially delightful" 

Stannard is one of the faculty advisors for Solar Cal Poly's upcoming Solar Decathlon 2015 entry; she also served as an advisor for Cal Poly's 2005 project, which received third place overall in the U.S. DOE/NREL sponsored international design/build competition. She was recently the recipient of a USGB "Green Innovation" honorable mention award for her work on an "outdoor classroom" for a local elementary school, a project intended to enhance environmental learning in an outdoor setting. 

Stannard studied architecture at UC Berkely (B. Arch) and University of Washington (M. Arch). She is a member of the  American Solar Energy Society and served a a board member of the U.S. Green Building Council for many years. She is a licensed architect in the state of California. 

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