Dean's Message

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Our Tradition of Learn by Teaching

Our faculty and students Learn by Doing every day through hands-on, practical application of planning, designing and building. From designing a new patio for the college and testing sustainable building materials for developing nations, to constructing a water system in Ecuador, our family of dedicated learners transform themselves as they transform environments.

Faculty and students are active in practice and engaged with industry through summer internships and sabbatical projects, learning new concepts and methods to share in the classroom. They built a solar-powered home to compete in the Solar Decathlon in October, teaching themselves and the public about sustainable materials and technologies. And they are learning to teach the next generation in our popular summer career workshop for high school students. At Cal Poly teaching is learning, as faculty experiment with new teaching methods and devise curricular innovations that maintain our leading edge in higher education. Emeritus faculty, many still engaged with the college, paved the way as they learned and taught.

Our faculty are professional learners -- they track developments in practice to ensure that graduates understand the evolving contexts that affect built environments. They stretch students’ imaginations and creativity in ways that position them to challenge today’s paradigms and innovate toward the future. The path for learning is a two-way street. Students learn from faculty, certainly, and they enrich our faculty, as well. They bring new perspectives, new outlooks, and even new technologies that inform the curriculum that faculty impart. I continue to be impressed with the openness for learning that occurs in both directions.

Turning our sights to the future, our talented faculty and ambitious students deserve opportunities to learn and teach in well-equipped facilities equal to our national rankings. We have identified aspirational goals for our learning places -- the labs, shops and studios that inspire action. I invite your input and support as we build opportunity for learning in the College of Architecture & Environmental Design. 


"The path for learning is a two-way street - students learn from faculty, certainly, and they enrich our faculty, as well."

— Dean Christine Theodoropoulos


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Christine Theodoropoulos




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