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Fall Connections and an Invitation to Help Us Celebrate 75 Years this Fall!

Greetings CAED Community, 

This edition of Connections celebrates the College of Architecture and Environmental Design welcoming our students back to campus for the first time since early 2020. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to report that our classrooms, studios, shops and labs are alive again with in-person teaching and hands-on learning.  

It is a time of renewed energy and creative approaches to the transitional phase we find ourselves inhabiting. We are excited to share news of our 18th annual Vellum Furniture Competition & Exhibition, which returned to campus this fall, with projects constructed by architecture students in our shops and displayed on campus for everyone to enjoy. I am also especially proud to share the digital platform spearheaded by Landscape Architecture’s class of 2021 to showcase their senior projects.  

We’ve included additional stories that range from a wildly successful social-media-meets-urban-planning venture, conceived by Dave Amos, who recently joined our City and Regional Planning faculty, to a celebration of the CAED’s 2021 honored alumni, to the recognition received by one of our international students, Kiayan Chen, who caught the attention of judges for a national steel design competition with a project for a proposed HBCU (historically Black college/university).  

Amid these updates, another piece of news I’d like to share is that the College of Architecture and Environmental Design is currently celebrating a series of legacy anniversaries. The college, along with our Architectural Engineering Program, will be turning 75 this year. Concurrently the Construction Management and Landscape Architecture Programs are each crossing their half-century marks, celebrating 50 years of Learn by Doing.  

We’ll be sharing more information and stories related to these milestones in the coming months. For now, I invite you to join me in reflecting on where the college has been, and even more so, where we are headed. This of course entails considering how, at Cal Poly, we can continue to be on the cutting edge of delivering an unparalleled, hands-on education that prepares our graduates to transform the future of the built environment.  

I hope this newsletter finds you well and that you enjoy these updates. Thank you for being part of our community and for your interest in the CAED. 


Christine Theodoropoulos 

College of Architecture and Environmental Design 
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 

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In this Issue...

Vellum 18 Results

Vellum 18

The 18th annual Vellum Furniture Design Exhibition offers Cal Poly architecture students a crash course in the design-build process, resulting in unique lamps, tables — and a chair you can wear.

 Leading when the earth shakes

City Beautiful

A city and regional planning faculty member started a YouTube channel, City Beautiful, to reach people interested in exploring urban environments. Originally intended for an American audience, his videos now reach millions around the world. 

Image-Leaders of Tomorrow

Above & Below [The Veil]

Cal Poly architecture student Kaiyan Chen earned honors at the Steel Design National Competition amid a field of 1,200 counterparts from more than 60 universities in the U.S. and Canada. Here’s how their project came together.

Digital Build

How a team of landscape architecture students created a big, beautiful, and interactive website to highlight their senior projects.  

Honored Alumni

John R. Pangrazio and Kenric B. Stone recognized in the 2021 Cal Poly Honored Awards Ceremony for their leadership and roles in transforming architecture and the built environment. 

Alumni Updates

How have students been coping with learning and living through a pandemic? An alumnus teams up with the CAED’s San Francisco Urban Program to highlight their resilience and creativity in the face of unprecedented adversity.

Help Create the Future of The Built Environment 

For the past 75 years, our CAED community has worked collaboratively to shape the built environment. Help support the future of Learn by Doing and the next generation of leaders by giving to the department or program that resonates most with you.  

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