CAED Welcomes New Faculty

With consistently high national rankings in all of its programs, the College of Architecture & Environmental Design is in high demand. For the 2015-16 academic year, several new talented individuals have joined the faculty.

This year, the College created two new interdisciplinary tenure-track positions, that serve multiple departments as teacher-scholars.

Ms. Ellen Burke joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Sustainability in the Built Environment, with a tenure home in the Landscape Architecture Department. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard, and previously earned a bachelor’s degree in film from Vassar. She has taught at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and was a member of the Cal Poly Landscape Architecture faculty during the 2014-15 academic year. Ms. Burke is also a registered landscape architect in the state of California, with ten years of experience. Her research interests include regenerative urban landscapes and performative landscapes with an emphasis on food production.

Ms. Jennifer Shields started this year as Assistant Professor of Environmental Design Representation & Beginning Design, with a tenure home in the Architecture Department. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia, and has taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a registered Architect in the state of North Carolina, with almost ten years of experience. Her research interests include methods of representation, such as form-making and spatial experience.

The Architecture department has also appointed two assistant professors, Mr. Brian Osborn and Ms. Emily White.

Mr. Osborn holds a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, SLO. He has 8 years of teaching experience, most recently at the University of Virginia, where is was an Assistant Professor and the 2012-14 Virginia Teaching Fellow. His research interests include the use of digital design and production methods in the coupling of constructed form and biological systems. In addition to his teaching and research, Brian is a licensed Landscape Architect with over 15 years of professional experience across the fields of environmental design.


Ms. White holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and taught there for the past five years. She also has nine years of experience in private practice. Her research interests include drawing and installations that promote the collaboration between hand and machine.


The newest addition to the Landscape Architecture faculty is Ms. Miran Day, Assistant Professor. Ms. Day holds a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a licensed landscape architect in the state of Florida. She brings 15 years of experience as project manager and associate, as well as teaching experience from Ball State University in Indiana. Her teaching and research interests include landscape ecology, environmental systems, geo-design and data visualization.

The Construction Management Department selected two new full time lecturers, both Cal Poly alumni, James McKenzie and Stacy Kolegraff.

Ms. Kolegraff (B.S., CM 2002) has been teaching as a part-time lecturer at Cal Poly for over a year and holds a master’s degree in management from the University of Redlands. She also worked as a senior planner, estimator and scheduler for Cal Poly’s Housing department, and has experience as a site superintendent on residential developments.

Mr. McKenzie (M.S., Architecture, 2001) earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Chico State. His years of industry experience include stints as a consultant; project, program and construction manager; and project and field engineer. He has worked for such organizations as Autodesk, Stanford University and Swinerton Inc., where he served as director of its Center for Excellence.

The City and Regional Planning Department also added a full time lecturer, Amir Hajrasouliha, to its team. Mr. Hajrasouliha earned his Master of Urban Design degree from the University of Michigan. While a graduate student at Michigan he was part of a five student team which won the prestigious 2011 Urban Land Institute’s Gerald D. Hines Urban Design competition. He is currently completing his Doctorate Dissertation in Urban Planning and Design at the University of Utah. Mr. Hajrasouliha earned a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Shahid Behesti University, Iran, and a Master of City Planning and Design from the University of Tehran. He has over seven years of professional work as an architect/urban planner in Iran and has taught for the past three years in the US.

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