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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.

Alumni 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:

Cal Poly Named Top Producer of Faculty Fulbright Scholars Among Nation’s Public and Private Master’s Universities and Colleges

Apr 12, 2017


(LEFT) Thomas Jones

Five professors are spending at least a quarter at colleges in Italy, Morocco, Peru and the United Kingdom during the 2016-17 academic year.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has been named a top producer of U.S. Fulbright scholars for the 2016-17 academic year by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Five faculty members, including three multi-year recipients, received Fulbright grants — more than any other public or private masters-level university in the nation.

Cal Poly’s Fulbright scholars represent four of the university’s six colleges: John Battenburg, a three-time Fulbright award winner in the College of Liberal Arts; Chris Carr, a four-time Fulbright scholar from the Orfalea College of Business; R. Thomas Jones of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design; and, from the College of Engineering, Zachary Peterson and three-time Fulbright scholar Jose Macedo.

Entries in the 2016 Design Village competition in Poly Canyon

Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design Announces Open House Highlights

Apr 5, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) will offer numerous events free to the public during the university’s annual Open House, April 7-8. Event highlights of the weekend include student work exhibits, an interactive solar-powered home and the annual Design Village competition in Poly Canyon. Tours of the college will be offered throughout the weekend.

Event highlights include:

Cal Poly Construction Management Students Dominate National Competition with Wins in Four Categories

Apr 5, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly construction management students ranked highly at the recent 30th annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 6 and 7 competition in Reno, Nevada. 

Four of 12 Cal Poly teams brought home trophies Feb. 11, including a first-place win in the Commercial category. Cal Poly placed second in the Concrete Solutions, Sustainability, and Mechanical Systems categories.

The competition challenged teams of six students to solve real-life construction management problems in nine categories. Teams were given 18 hours to create and present deliverables to a panel of industry experts, included modeling, estimating, scheduling and site logistics. The competition drew 182 teams from 45 universities.

The Tribune Captures CAED Career Fair

Feb 23, 2017


This month, dozens of companies from around the country — and some international firms — have come to Cal Poly to recruit students in the university’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, resulting in the largest career fairs the college has seen.

Two career fairs hosted by CAED in the past two weeks recruited for more than 300 jobs and 400 internships, according to Raymond Ladd, the college’s special project’s coordinator.

Cal Poly officials see the high demand for recruitment as a sign of a “robust economy.”

On Thursday, 216 representatives from 90 companies attended a career fair to recruit students majoring in architecture, architectural engineering, city and regional planning, and landscape architecture — four of the five degree programs offered in the college.

Interdisciplinary Cal Poly Team Ranks High at Construction Management Competition

Feb 7, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at Cal Poly was awarded third place in the four-year college category of the NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition January 11.

Sixty teams representing universities, community colleges, high schools and career technical schools across the U.S. participated in the annual competition at the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida. It challenged students to solve a real-life construction management problem to develop a 32-acre parcel of land by determining costs, scheduling, marketing, the design of the homes, and a feasibility analysis for the project.  In front of an audience of peers, this solution was presented to an investment committee who judged the student proposals.

Sharon Turek and Liam Hanlon

Architecture Students Chosen for Event With Walt Disney Imagineers

Jan 25, 2017


Two architecture students were among 60 students and alumni finalists from around the world selected for a new honor by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Second-year student Liam Hanlon and third-year student Sharon Turek were chosen to participate in a three-day opportunity to engage with Walt Disney Imagineers from May 19-21 in Orlando, Florida. AIAS Imagine: Top 60-at-60 seeks to bring together the top AIAS students in all years of architecture school, including fifth year, graduate students and alumni members in celebration of the organization's 60th anniversary. Hanlon is president of the Cal Poly AIAS and Turek is vice president. AIAS and Walt Disney Imagineering will co-host a weekend of design process exploration. Honorees will be able to participate in a series of lectures, workshops and tours that highlights Walt Disney Imagineering’s approach to design. "I hope to gain insight into the process Disney Imagineering takes for design and utilize the wonderment they create into my own future work," Turek said. Hanlon added that he would like to see "the process of how Disney translates their stories into experiences."

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140 Students Compete in 13th Annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Design Exhibition

Nov 9, 2016


Two Cal Poly architecture students won a trip to Milan, Italy, at the 13th annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Design Exhibition in downtown San Luis Obispo from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5 at 760 Higuera St. (formerly Coverings). Vellum Design Build, a San Luis Obispo design-and-build firm, and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly team up to sponsor the annual competition that asks students to create original furniture designs and have their submissions juried by a panel of experts in their field. 

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