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Message from Dean Theodoropoulos

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Winter Quarter, 2014

As we look ahead to another new year I would like to first reflect and celebrate our achievements from this fall. In September we welcomed our largest cohort of first-time freshmen ever in the college’s history! I see many opportunities ahead for them.

As you may have seen on the CAED’s website, student awards continue to abound including our architecture students winning the top prize and honorable mentions at the national 2013 Steel Design Student Competition hosted by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

A series of environmental design courses offered as part of the CAED’s curriculum won a 2013 “Special Recognition” Green Award from the Central Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.  Our faculty received Green Awards as well for their efforts in furthering ecological awareness and sensitivity, and advancing the causes of environmental stewardship.

In a survey of practitioners the college’s architecture and landscape architecture bachelors programs were ranked as “Best in the West” by DesignIntelligence for 2014. Adding to these already stellar accolades, the landscape architecture program rose to #4 in the nation, and architecture advanced to the top #1 spot!

At Homecoming in November construction management graduate Paul Hamalian joined our distinguished roster of honored alumni in recognition of his transformative leadership at Habitat for Humanity International as their senior director for strategic planning.  And the college successfully launched a series of our own strategic planning workshops to receive student, faculty and Dean’s Council input to focus on short- and long-term goals.

The college’s Connections magazine for Winter 2014 is online with inspiring news about CAED teams. Read about ways our talented community fosters social and environmental responsibility by helping in California and around the world. Our students and faculty collaborate to create healing gardens and playgrounds for South African children, advance construction quality in Haiti, and closer to home, develop community plans and address water security needs.

With the turn of the year, we’ll see teams from construction management competing in Reno and Las Vegas, and interdisciplinary teams rolling up their sleeves for the Bank of America Low Income Housing Challenge. As in year’s past, we anticipate a strong showing by our confident and capable students.

Soon we’ll announce a series of winter and spring events and an invitation to all CAED alumni to join us to celebrate the recent DesignIntelligence rankings with gatherings up and down the West Coast, culminating in Chicago at the AIA Convention in June.

With an improving economy, comes the possibility of a much improved job market for the Class of 2014. And with this new year comes an opportunity for reflection on the positive impact our alumni and supporters make. You are very important to our ongoing success and future promise, and we thank you for your contributions that enhance student experience and provide our graduates with rewarding transitions from school to professional practice.

I invite your participation and welcome your suggestions for future partnerships. It makes all the difference!

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Christine Theodoropoulos, AIA, PE



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