"#"


Recent News

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.

In the "Architecture Design Education Focus Areas" (known as the Skills Assessment) section of the survey, Cal Poly ranked first in Engineering Fundamentals, Healthy Built Environments, Project Planning & Management, Practice Management, Sustainable Built Environments, and Construction Materials & Methods. Practitioners judge each school by its strength in each skill set and combine both undergraduate and graduate architecture programs in the rankings.

In addition to the input from practitioners, 93 deans and department heads were polled to determine the "Most Admired Undergraduate Architecture Program." Cal Poly's architecture program ranked first in this category with the DI staff highlighting, "Strength across entire curriculum; interdisciplinary approach; strong practice orientation."

This year, DI recognized Dr. Umut Toker as one of the "25 Most Admired Educators." This prestigious group of educators and administrators is chosen by DI staff, academic deans and department heads, industry practitioners, and students from the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. This year, Dr. Toker was recognized by DI staff who commented, "Toker's knowledge in the areas of architecture, community planning, and digital fabrication give him high marks among his students. His dedication inside and outside the studio is unrivaled. He creates an atmosphere of excellence as he seeks to being out the best in each student."

The ranking results are published in the 2017-2018 edition of “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” and are based on a survey conducted by DesignIntelligence on behalf of the Design Futures Council. Data was gathered from more than 2,600 practitioners from over 1,900 organizations and firms that hire recent graduates.

The full report is available at the DesignIntelligence Store.

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.

"We have an extensive and strong five-year curriculum as well as a highly qualified faculty with diverse expertise in all aspects of the profession," noted Omar Faruque, LA department chair. "It is no surprise that our program is ranked so high."

Based on a survey of 47 deans and department heads, Cal Poly ranked first among the most admired programs in the nation for its "well-rounded program with comprehensive focus on technical skills and theory."

In the "Landscape Architecture Design Education Focus Areas" (known as the Skills Assessment) section of the survey, Cal Poly ranked second in Project Planning & Management, Practice Management, and Construction Materials & Methods. The program ranked in the top five in the areas of Design Technologies, Engineering Fundamentals, Healthy Build Environments, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Sustainable Built Environments.  Practitioners judge each school by its strength in each skill set and combine both undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture programs in the rankings.

The ranking results are published in the 2017-2018 edition of “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” and are based on a survey conducted by DesignIntelligence on behalf of the Design Futures Council. Data was gathered from more than 2,600 practitioners from over 1,900 organizations and firms that hire recent graduates.  The DesignIntelligence rankings have become a tool for students choosing academic programs that will launch their design careers. DesignIntelligence is a bi-monthly journal published by Greenway Communications LLC for the Design Futures Council, an interdisciplinary network of design, product, and construction leaders exploring global trends, challenges, and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of the industry and the environment. The full report is available at the DesignIntelligence Store.

Click here for more information about our undergraduate Landscape Architecture program

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.

Continue reading Alumnus Encounters I.M. Pei...

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.
 

View 2017 Design Village Structures Here.

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.

Pages

Related Content

Giving to CAED

CSI President with ARCE students

More on CAED support

CAED Media

More Student Work

Hearst Lecture Series

Click for Hearst Lecture Series Information

Fall 2017 Speakers and Event Information

Click to View