CAED Open House 2021 Event Calendar





Open House 2021 Events for Cal Poly,

the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED)

and Our Five Departments 






Congratulations on being accepted to, or waitlisted for, Cal Poly for the fall 2021 quarter! While we are disappointed we can't invite you to campus to experience Cal Poly in person, we are excited to bring Cal Poly to you virtually. The events of our virtual Open House will help you to get to know campus, answer your questions and, hopefully, make your college decision a little easier. 


For more about Cal Poly Open House 2021 events visit:


To read more about the CAED and our five departments go to and click on Prospective Students; Current Students; and Academic Programs.



April 7 – 15  

All times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and are subject to change.

Some sessions may start at 10 minutes past the hour to allow time for participants to join in. Recordings of some sessions may be posted to websites with ADA captioning.




1 pm Hearst Lecture Series featuring Sigrid Adriaenssens, Ph.D.

“Structural Forms in Architecture”


Join Hearst Lecture Zoom webinar: 

 Webinar ID: 856 7433 2190




4 to 5:30 pm Los Angeles Metropolitan Program in Architecture and Urban Design (Cal Poly LA Metro Program) Lecture "A Loose Collection of Objects, Images and Texts" and Q&A discussion with Zeina Koreitem and John May of MILLIONS.  

Register here.


5 pm – San Luis Obispo Preview / Virtual SLO showcase / Highlights of SLO city and county, and other organizations.




3 pm University Welcome with President Jeffrey Armstrong and other events.


4 to 5:30 pm  Got Questions?  We Got Answers (or we’ll find out)

Meet with the Landscape Architecture Department Head Beverly Bass, staff, faculty, current students, and recent grads to ask questions and find out what the landscape architecture program is all about!


Join LA Dept. Friday Zoom Meeting (also see on Saturday):

Meeting ID: 842 3748 6845




Academic Affairs Welcome, and College and Department Presentations


9 to 10 am – CAED Academic Day Presentation

Academic Affairs Welcome from Cal Poly Provost Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore.

College welcome, overview, facilities and Q&A session with CAED Dean Christine Theodoropoulos, Associate Dean Mark Cabrinha, Associate Dean James Mwangi, and Senior Advisor Mitra Nafisi.


Register at: 

Scroll down to “College Welcomes” and choose “Register for the CAED College Session.”  



CAED Departments’ Academic Day Presentations


10 to 11 am Welcome to the Architectural Engineering Department (ARCE)

Department Head Allen Estes and current students discuss the ARCE major, profession, student club activities, a study abroad opportunity to Lithuania, and other exciting elements unique to the program, followed by answers to your questions (session will continue past 11 am as needed.) Additional emails can be sent to   


Join ARCE Zoom Meeting:  

Meeting ID: 822 0910 9993 



10 to 11 am – Welcome to the Architecture Department (ARCH)

Department Head Margot McDonald and her leadership team, along with faculty and current students, will discuss the profession, the major, our facilities, off-campus opportunities, and student life, all of which combine to make Cal Poly architecture one of the top-ranked programs in the nation. We’ll also provide ample time for your questions.


Join ARCH Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 896 7409 3493



10 to 11 am Welcome to the City and Regional Planning Department (CRP)

Hosted by CRP Department Head Dr. Michael R. Boswell, faculty and students. They will share insights on the major, profession and answer your questions.


Join CRP Zoom Meeting: 

Meeting ID: 884 3573 8347 



10 to 11 am Welcome to the Construction Management Department (CM)

Department Head Jeong Woo will provide an introduction to the CM Department, and student leaders will showcase exciting club activities. #CalPolyCM and Student Clubs.


Join CM Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 844 7053 9014



10 am to Noon Welcome to the Landscape Architecture Department (LA)

  • 10:10 to 10:40 am LA Department Head Beverly Bass will share “What is Landscape Architecture?”  And an overview of the program’s curriculum.
  • 10:40 am to Noon – Open sessions to drop in with your questions with answers from faculty and the department head.

Join LA Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 827 0686 3380



11 am to Noon – Break



11:30 am to Noon – Architecture Transfer Student Welcome

Associate Department Head Robert Arens will discuss aspects of the architecture program that are unique to transfer students and answer your questions.


Join ARCH Transfer Student Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 864 2069 8896



Noon to 2 pm – CAED Advising Center Q&A with Senior Advisor Mitra Nafisi

The CAED Advising Center strives to provide its students with effective academic advising as they navigate their unique undergraduate professional experiences. Our commitment is to our students and their academic, professional, and future success. We encourage students to utilize the Advising Center to discuss any matter of importance they may have. Read more and request an alternate appointment at


Join Advising Center Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 805 756 1325       




9 am Welcome to Life on Campus

Join Vice President of Student Affairs Keith Humphrey and other special guests to learn about student life on campus and the many resources we offer including housing, dining and more.


10 am – Coffee Time with Supporters

Connect with our Parent and Family Programs Office and learn about the support and resources provided to our parents and supporters. 


Noon – Housing

Learn more and get your questions answered about our residential Learning Communities, housing requirements and next steps. 


1 pm – Dining

Get familiar with our campus meal plans and the wide variety of options for every type of diet.


3 pm – Student Diversity and Belonging

Learn more about the campus community centers that work together to provide a place of community and to create a culturally rich environment.


5 pm – Mustang Talent

Enjoy the Mustang Spirit as Cal Poly students share their exciting talents!




4 to 6 pm & 6 to 7 pm  

4 pm: ARCHITECTURE Student Perspective and Activities!  

6 pm: ARCHITECTURE Student After Hours Meet and Greet! 

Students from architecture will give an overview of the program, a tour, present examples of student work and answer your questions. They’ll lead you in some fun design activities that capture the spirit of what Cal Poly architecture can offer. This will be followed by an afterhours meet and greet.  


Join ARCH Student Zoom Meetings:  

4 pm: 

Meeting ID: 898 4272 8381 


6 pm:


6:30 to 8 pm – Open House CAED Student Discussion with Prospective Students

Hosted by Chloe Wardrick, architecture student and host of CAED Chat interviews with alumni, and student leaders from the five majors in our college. High school students from communities across California and beyond are invited to learn more about our amazing students and what it’s like to major in any of the disciplines in our college. We invite you to have questions for our student panelists.


Join CAED Student Discussion Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 837 2425 6131




Cal Poly events featured throughout the week: 

  • Campus Resources & Services    
  • Campus Climate – Culture – Diversity Equity & Inclusion   
  • Clubs & Organizations – featuring talents of Mustangs; club and organizations info sessions   
  • Alumni Panel  
  • Student/Supporter Specific Socials   
  • New Mustang Info Booth   
  • Throughout the week: Basic Needs – Housing, Dining, Financial Aid, Campus Health and Wellbeing, PFP, Campus Safety, ASI, and more.


For links and more about Cal Poly hosted events visit



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