The College of Architecture and Environmental Design offers students a broad range of extra-curricular activities that provide a social network between students, a career network with industry and alumni, and volunteer opportunities to become better acquainted with peers, faculty, staff, and the local community. To enhance the success of your educational experience we have listed the clubs so you may contact them for more information. Clubs are listed alphabetically by university, college, and department.
NOTE: Club information is current as of Fall 2020. Please refer to club listings on the department websites for more information such as virtual meeting times.
Associated Students Inc. (ASI)
The Board of Directors serves as the official voice of Cal Poly students. Board members are elected from each college. The 24 student representatives provide oversight for ASI corporate activity, voice student viewpoints, and act upon the opinions and concerns of students.
CAED Ambassadors Leadership Program
The CAED Ambassadors, founded in 2002, is an organization facilitating communication between students, faculty, alumni, the industry, and other individuals interested in the college. The ambassadors aid in CAED-sponsored events and serve as consultants for the CAED student body. Our goal is to encourage interdisciplinary activities and to build a reputation of being a reliable resource for the college. We are available to assist with college events such as meetings, conferences and college tours. New member candidates are invited to submit an application with a letter of reference.
If you have a general question you'd like to ask the ambassadors, please email: email@example.com. If you would like to get in contact with a specific ambassador, just enter the ambassadors name in the email subject.
|Audrey Bolesta||Tour Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
CAED Student Council
Student Council membership is comprised of student representatives from student clubs and students in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. The Council meets weekly to promote interaction and coordination among the clubs and organizations, to exchange ideas, mutual interests and activities. The Council also presents ideas, opinions, and concerns to the administration, the faculty of the College, ASI, and university. If you are interested in becoming involved or have questions regarding Student Council, please email email@example.com.
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/caedstudentcouncil
CAED Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
The purpose of this organization is to advocate for the needs of minority and underrepresented students within CAED by increasing representation and active participation in college affairs.
Construction Specifications Institute Student Club (CSI) or CSI Student Club
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a professional organization comprised of a cross section of architects, contractors, engineers, specifiers, material suppliers, and more. There are 146 chapters and more than 15,000 members.
CSI uses the diversity of its members to exchange knowledge and to help advance the process of creating and sustaining the build environment. The formats created by CSI are used as the standard for organizing and communicating information in the construction industry.
The Cal Poly chapter of CSI was founded in 1970 by a group of architecture students under the guidance of architect and professor, Jack Lewis. Lewis was a former CSI President and started the organization to allow Cal Poly students access to the diverse wealth of knowledge offered by CSI.
The Neel Resources Center (NRC), located in the architecture building, was started by the Cal Poly CSI chapter in 1970. Run by students and Fresno Chapter volunteers, the "CSI Library" was used to help students find plans, specifications, product information, and material samples for design projects and writing specifications.
At Cal Poly, we bring in product representatives and speakers to discuss new technology and issues concerning the construction industry. Cal Poly CSI also provides tours of buildings on campus as well as of local firms. There are plenty of networking and traveling opportunities as well — we’re always fundraising to send our members to the West Region Conferences and the annual CSI Convention.
Design Build Institute of America (DBIA)
The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Student Chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America is founded on the principles of integration and collaboration between all of the related disciplines of the Built Environment. We believe that regardless of major, year, previous experience, or background, everyone's voice has equal value at our table.
It is our main goal to simply increase communication (between all students, of all years, and all majors in the CAED and other related departments). We have many goals and can see this club being a part of many exciting things, but before ANY of that can happen we need to go back to the basics and we all know that the most basic and fundamental thing we can do is establish working relationships between all those in the CAED.
We envision this club to be completely shaped and purposed for and by the people who decide to give us their time. We have ideas for events, field trips, accreditation, competitions etc., but none of that will come to fruition without the support of a solid base of students, which includes you.
If you think integration is cool, if you have a desire to understand all sides of the Built Environment, or if you want to know what the heck the Built Environment is then this club will be worth your time!
The Design Village Club is responsible for designing, planning, and hosting the Design Village Competition. This annual competition, which is open to all Cal Poly students as well as competitors from other academic institutions, is held during Open House weekend in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design's outdoor Experimental Structures Laboratory, located in Poly Canyon. The Design Village Competition has a long history, and has become one of the most anticipated events of the year for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. True to our College's long-standing educational emphasis on hands on, project-based learning, competitors work in teams to design and build inhabitable structures within the canyon, which they then occupy throughout the entirety of Cal Poly's Open House weekend.
Design Village web site
Emerging Professionals of the US Green Building Council (USGBC)
USGBC Emerging Professionals are the energetic and dynamic leaders of tomorrow’s green building movement. The program is geared toward individuals out of school and under 30, but does not exclude anyone who may be interested. USGBC Emerging Professionals seek to engage all those who are interested in learning about and advocating for sustainable building practices. So who are Emerging Professionals? Certainly many are young architects and engineers, but they also include young lawyers, education and healthcare professionals, sustainability consultants, and anyone else interested in the future of green building.
Future of Real Estate (FRE) (OCOB & CAED)
The Future of Real Estate, is a university-wide, multi-disciplinary organization that offers students a venue to learn from experts in the real estate arena. Through guest speakers, field trips, and real-life experience, students gain knowledge that they apply to coursework, professions, and entrepreneurship. Additionally, FRE provides premier employment and internship opportunities to members in the field of real estate.
Architectural Engineering Clubs
Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
The function of SEAOC is to provide students with exposure to the world of structural engineering in California through guest speakers, field trips, a day-long job seminar called Structural Forum, membership in a professional organization, and contact with employers. SEAOC is the only structural engineering based club in the CAED. SEAOC also offers a Big/Little Sibling program.
Cal Poly SEAOC Chapter Web Page
Structural Engineering Students for Humanity (SESH)
This year SESH is a comprised of 15 Architectural Engineering students and one faculty advisor, with a collective mission to aid communities affected by natural disasters through humanitarian structural engineering.
SESH strives to experience first-hand the effects of poorly designed buildings in seismically active areas, to gain knowledge on building methods and building materials in another region of the world, and to use incorporate learned engineering and construction practices outside of the classroom in a place recently affected by disaster. Our goal is to connect with the local people and communities through the built environment.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions
Society of Women Engineers (SWE) (ARCE & CENG)
The Society of Women Engineers of Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo strives to provide a voice for women that will encourage them to achieve their full potential as engineers and as leaders. It is our mission to create engineering opportunities, provide career and scholastic resources, and demonstrate the value of teamwork to all students of this university and of the community.
Alpha Rho Chi (APX)
Alpha Rho Chi (APX) is a National Professional Fraternity for Architecture and the allied arts since 1914. The APX promotes the profession of architecture by encouraging students to excel and to be strong leaders and designers in the profession.
Alpha Rho Chi local web info
General email: email@example.com
The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
The AIAS is the country's largest organization for students of architecture, providing the best programs, information and resources available. The AIAS is the student affiliate of the AIA and your link to professionals in the fields of architecture and environmental design. The mission of AIAS is to promote excellence in architecture education, training, and practice; to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize architecture students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.
AIAS web info
AIAS Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
NOMAS is the student branch of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). NOMA’s purpose is to champion diversity within the design profession by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its professional and student members. NOMA is all about opportunity – members become part of a network of over 500+ professionals and over 50 student chapters nationwide. This extensive network provides members with opportunities to network and develop crucial professional relationships. The mentorship and support openly shared between the professional members and students is truly unique and often leads to internships and full time employment opportunities upon graduation.
General email: email@example.com
Tau Sigma Delta (TSD)
The Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts is the only national honor society for architecture and design majors that is accredited by the Association of College Honor Societies.
The Society recognizes intellectual achievement, effort and initiative as well as leadership and character. This membership acknowledges undergraduate and graduate students who attain high scholastic standing in their field.
The organization also honors practitioners in the field for excellence in design with the national organization’s Gold Medal Award, which is presented each spring at the ACSA Annual Meeting. The Silver Medal is awarded by individual chapters to a Professional with a record of distinction in design. The Bronze Medal Award is presented to students who have distinguished themselves in design, and is elected by the student membership of the chapter.
City & Regional Planning Clubs
Associated Students in Planning (ASP)
The Associated Students in Planning Club seeks to broaden the relationship between students interested in planning and the practitioners, professional organizations, and fellow students currently interested in planning. This includes expanding the network of students to prepare them for a career in the field of planning. The club is open to ALL majors who have an interest in planning (enviornmental, economic, transportation, urban design, etc...), with a special focus on students of the CAED. Club meetings will include professional skill building workshops, club trips and events, guest speakers, and socials.
General email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Kelly Main
Graduate Planning Student Association (GPSA)
The Graduate Planning Student Association (GPSA) is a graduate student organization based out of the Masters of City Regional Planning Department. We are a registered student organization under the University's Associated Students Inc. and the American Planning Association (APA). The purpose of the GPSA is to explore, promote, and support academic understanding, professional development, and the overall advancement of the field of city and regional planning.
Construction Management Clubs
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
Associated General Contractors, or also known as AGC, is a professional national organization for construction managers. Here at Cal Poly, we are supported locally by AGC Tri-Counties, within this clubs we host annual conferences, golf tournaments, monthly dinners, and scholarships. At these events CM professionals are given the opportunity to educate and meet students interested in the Construction Industry to grow there social network.
American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE)
The American Society of Professional Estimators serves construction estimators by providing education, fellowship, and opportunity for professional development. Education, Ethics, Standards, Certification, Fellowship… these lead to the ultimate goal Professionalism. We think you’ll agree... If all estimators were more professional, budget and other problems of the construction industry would be greatly reduced.
Associated Students of Construction Management (ASCM)
The ASCM offers students the opportunity to learn and be involved in the construction management profession, to network and develop relationships with potential employers, and meet fellow students. The student chapter upholds the ideals and standards of two sponsoring organizations - Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Associated General Contractors (AGC) - and share the same principles of skill, integrity, honor, and responsibility.
Building Informational Modeling (BIM)
BIM stands for Building Information Modeling. BIM consists of various computer programs that can be applied to building design, construction, and management. Building Information Modeling is the future of the construction industry. The Cal Poly BIM Club would like to offer BIM advocates a place to hone their skills in preparation for the industry and develop a network of relationships with other interested students.
To be announced
Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
CMAA is North America's only organization dedicated exclusively to the interests of professional Construction and Program Management. The mission of CMAA is to promote and enhance leadership, professionalism, and excellence in managing the development and construction of projects and programs. CMAA is leading the growth and acceptance of construction management as a professional discipline that can add significant value to the entire construction process, from conception to ongoing operation. Membership in CMAA includes owners, engineers, architects, contractors, educators, students...everyone with a stake in the construction industry's success.
Do you want to start your own business one day, develop a new product, construction material, or computer application? If you are interested in anything entrepreneurial related or interdisciplinary, consider joining the CM-Entrepreneurs club. You may have a business idea already in mind or you may simply be inclined to explore an entrepreneurial endeavor. Most new businesses do not start with the right idea, they start with the right person. Together, as a club, we can offer assistance, connections, mentorship, advice, and access to a variety of support mechanisms.
Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)
The Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Inc. (MCAA) is a vibrant, growing association of approximately 2,300 mechanical, plumbing, and service contractors. Members enjoy MCAA's outstanding education programs, an expanding catalog of resources to help them manage and grow their businesses, periodicals and a web site to keep them informed and connected, and business services to save them money. MCAA's student chapter program gives students the opportunity to learn about the industry by attending regular meetings with their MCAA local affiliate sponsors, taking field trips to a variety of job sites and facilities, working together on volunteer projects, participating in fundraising events, and more.
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
Student chapters are intended to introduce young members to the world of electrical contracting by exposing students to industry-related educational programs and helping arrange internships with local NECA-member contractors and field trips to NECA contractor's office and work sites. There are 21 student chapters nationwide.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Chapter
The NAHB Student Chapters program is dedicated to enriching the educational experience of students by offering them first-hand exposure to the real world of the residential building industry through NAHB membership, educational programming, and networking opportunities.
Scott Kelting, Advisor
Stacy Ann Kolegraff
Sigma Lambda Chi (SLC)
The purpose of Sigma Lambda Chi is to recognize outstanding students in construction. Objectives include the rendering of service to the field of construction, the development of good relations among academia, industry, and the public, and the recognition of outstanding professionals in construction and allied fields.
Women in Construction (CPWIC)
Cal Poly Women in Construction (CPWIC) is a club dedicated to empowering and encouraging women through mentorship, youth outreach, and industry support. The club is open to both men and women with this common goal.
Stacy Ann Kolegraff
Rachell Smith, Co-Advisor
Landscape Architecture Clubs
The National Association of Minority Landscape Architects (NAMLA)
The National Association of Minority Landscape Architects strives to increase minority representation at all levels of landscape architecture practice and academia. Through the Cal Poly SLO NAMLA student chapter, our mission is to create a collaborative space for students to share ideas and create community in regards to topics pertaining to minorities within the field of landscape architecture. Activities within the club include watching lecture series, holding discussions, and speaking to minority alumni. While this club focuses on minorities, membership is open to all students.
General email: email@example.com
Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (SCASLA)
The ASLA student chapter is a student organization that is affiliated with the American Society of Landscape Architects. Our mission is to promote education, community involvement, student activities, a sense of spirit and pride, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. ASLA involvement is quite extensive -- from community clean-ups, Habitats for Humanity, Open House activities, garden show exhibits, national professional and student conference participation, interdisciplinary activities, and inviting guest speakers to share their knowledge.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2212662866/
General email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society - Theta Chapter (SLA)
This National Honor Society for Landscape Architecture students invites for membership those students with a 3.5 GPA and higher. The activities of the Cal Poly SLO Theta Chapter are geared toward academic and professional development, such as inviting outside professionals to come in for reviews of projects or lectures. Overall, Chapter members try to encourage students to perform well and inspire them toward the professional world of landscape architecture.
Academic and travel scholarships are also available to members of Sigma Lambda Alpha. To receive an application packet, please contact Miran Day, Sigma Lambda Alpha advisor.