Beverly Bass Appointed as Department Head for Cal Poly’s Landscape Architecture Department

Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Beverly Bass as department head of the Landscape Architecture Department, beginning July 1, 2020.

Professor Beverly Bass, new department head of Cal Poly's landscape architecture program.

Bass has served Cal Poly as a faculty member in the Landscape Architecture Department since 2008, and as a full professor since 2019. She is a licensed Landscape Architect in California and worked for several years as a landscape planner before serving as principal of EcoMagine Landscape Architecture in San Luis Obispo. She earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Arizona in 2003.

Bass’ scholarly interests include rural and small-town development, walkability and sustainability. Her work experience includes project management, public workshop facilitation, design and planning in the Sacramento region. She is a certified arborist and is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. She has served on the Cal Poly Academic Senate, the Campus Planning Committee and as a member of the Resilient Communities Research Institute.

Her leadership role will include guiding the continued success of the No. 1 landscape architecture undergraduate program in the nation, a ranking from the most recent survey by DesignIntelligence.

“Our program is ranked highly because of our dedicated, talented, and hardworking faculty, staff, students, engaged alumni and supporters,” said Bass. “Landscape architecture is at the forefront of solving some of the most vital challenges in the built environment and has a long history of environmental stewardship. I am excited to help launch the next generation of landscape architecture students into the profession. They will help to solve these challenges.”

The college expresses its appreciation to Professor Omar Faruque for his contributions as department head during the past five years. He will continue teaching in the Landscape Architecture Department.

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