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CAED hosts Open House April 13-14 and Design Village competition April 20-22

Mar 22, 2018


Cal Poly’s Design Village Competition Moves to Earth Day Weekend, April 20-22

College of Architecture and Environmental Design Will Also Offer Numerous Events During Open House Weekend April 13-14

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A temporary city of unique, student-built shelters will spring up in Poly Canyon over Earth Day weekend, hosted by Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

 One of the college’s largest and most-anticipated events, the annual Design Village competition draws hundreds of students to participate in Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy as they design, build and inhabit structures in Poly Canyon. 

 This year’s competition, which is free and open to the public, will be held April 20-22, to coincide with Earth Day. Designed by teams of students from across the country, submissions must be built in 12 hours or less, use off-the-grid electricity, and provide shelter to the team for the weekend.

 The entries will be judged on their craftsmanship, sustainability, design excellence, suitability to the theme of “Balance,” and public response. A free shuttle service will be provided to Poly Canyon on Saturday, April 21, from the intersection of Village Drive and Truckee Road starting at 11 a.m., with continuous service every 20 minutes until 5 p.m.

 The College of Architecture and Environmental Design will also welcome hundreds of new students, their families and the community to campus April 13-14 during Cal Poly’s Open House weekend. Numerous events are also open to the public during Open House, including student work exhibits, various tours and a lecture.

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Construction Management Students Win Top Honors at National Competition

Mar 12, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly construction management students earned top honors and took home more trophies than any other university at the Associated Schools of Construction competition in Reno, Nevada. Seven out of 12 Cal Poly teams placed in the top three spots in their respective categories.

Cal Poly students earned first in the Mechanical, Preconstruction, and Project Management categories; second in the Heavy Civil category; and third in the Design Build, Electrical, and Virtual Design and Construction categories. All were national awards except for the Heavy Civil and Design Build categories, which were regional awards.

A total of 195 teams from 49 universities competed in this year’s competition, held Feb. 7-10. A record-high 1,413 construction management students (including alternates) participated in the competition, including 97 Cal Poly students from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Cal Poly has competed in this event for 30 years.

“Since we stepped foot on campus, the Learn by Doing approach has provided us hands-on experience to gain the knowledge and confidence we need to succeed at these competitions,” said first place Mechanical Team Captain Josh Heath of Durham, California, in Butte County. “This is an incredible experience because each team is put under a significant amount of stress, similar to what we will face in the industry, and this whole competition somewhat prepares us for working as a cohesive project team.”

Construction Management Department Head Al Hauck added: “The ASC student competitions are the most impressive example of student professional development in our department. The students are asked to solve realistic technical and management problems similar to what they will experience in their careers. Once again this year, the department provided this opportunity for nearly 100 of our students on 12 teams thanks to the generous support of our alumni and supporters. We appreciate their ongoing support.”

For complete competition results, go to http://www.asc67.org. For more information about Cal Poly’s Construction Management Department and to see photos of the winning teams, go to https://construction.calpoly.edu/content/competitions-and-awards/asc-6-7.

(Updated March 12, 2018)

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Faculty Member Receives Sklarek Humanitarian Award

Feb 9, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly faculty member and architect has been recognized for making significant humanitarian contributions to society by the American Institute of Architects, California Council.

Andrew Goodwin, who teaches architecture in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) and owns the San Luis Obispo-based design consultancy firm Andrew Goodwin Designs, was named a 2017 recipient of the Norma Sklarek Award.

Goodwin was honored Feb. 5 at Cal Poly by Paul Welch, former executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects, California Council.

The AIACC Board of Directors confers the award on an architect in recognition of his or her social responsibility. The program was started in 2014 in honor of the late Norma Sklarek, who in 1954 became the first African American woman to earn an architecture license.

Cal Poly Architecture Undergraduate Program Ranks Best in the West in 2017-18 Survey

Oct 17, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s bachelor of architecture program earned “Best in the West,” placing first in undergraduate programs in top schools of the Western states of the 2017-18 DesignIntelligence (DI) rankings. The architecture program remained as second in the nation, maintaining its spot in the top three undergraduate programs for the past five years.

DesignIntelligence ranks Cal Poly LA Program 4th in Nation and Best in West

Oct 5, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The DesignIntelligence (DI) 2017-18 rankings placed Cal Poly's landscape architecture program fourth among the top 20 undergraduate programs in the nation, maintaining its spot as a top ten undergraduate landscape architecture program for the past eight years. The survey also once again ranked Cal Poly "Best in the West." Cal Poly's landscape architecture program has been rated as the top program in the 13-state western region every year since 2005, when the DesignIntelligence survey first began ranking public and private landscape architecture degree programs.

Mark Cabrinha Appointed the New Associate Dean

May 22, 2017


Mark Cabrinha has been appointed the new associate dean for academic affairs in the CAED. Mark’s responsibilities will include overseeing student and curricular affairs, coordinating diversity and inclusion programs, and working closely with the dean and associate dean for administration to further the mission of the college. As an alumnus of the college, Mark looks to this opportunity to be an advocate for the students and faculty in support of the college’s multi-disciplinary engagement in the built environment.  He will also continue his involvement in the integrated design curriculum in architecture teaching part-time.

CRP 553 Studio: Ventura Wellness District Urban Design Plan Wins Award

May 3, 2017


The Spring 2016 CRP 553 studios have won an APA California Award for the Ventura Wellness District Urban Design Plan. The award will be presented at the Awards Ceremony in Santa Barbara on Saturday, April 29,2017.

Cal Poly Professor is Recognized for Disaster Science in Chile

Apr 26, 2017


This past April 12th, the Chilean Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Research (CIGIDEN) recognized William Simbieda’s contribution to the advancement of Disaster Science in Chile. CIGIDEN is Chile's leading center of excellence related to multidisciplinary disaster research. This award reflects William’s service as an International Advisor to CIGIDEN as well as his mentorship of Investigators working in the area of urban management, planning and public policy.

Alumnus Encounters I.M. Pei

Apr 26, 2017


I.M. Pei, lengenday architect, founder of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, and creator of the famed pyramid at the Louvre museum, unexpectedly arrived as the first guest at the Villa Punto de Vista in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The newly completed luxury rental villa was designed and co-founded by Cal Poly CAED Architecture Alumni, David Konwiser. David was able to sit down and talk with I.M. Pei.

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CAED Architecture student and 2016 graduate receives the "Student Cote Top Ten Award" from the AIA

Apr 24, 2017


In order to prepare today’s architecture students for the rapidly changing world, the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE) partnered with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) to host the second annual AIA COTE Top Ten for Students. This competition awards ten studio projects that integrate ten measures of design:

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