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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:

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.

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.

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