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CAED Hosts Annual Design Village Competition April 26-28

Apr 24, 2019


Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design to Host Annual Design Village Competition April 26-28 in Poly Canyon

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A temporary community of unique, student-built shelters will spring up in Poly Canyon April 26-28 during Cal Poly’s Design Village competition, hosted by the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

One of the college’s largest and most-anticipated events, the annual competition draws nearly 400 students from 14 schools throughout the Golden State to participate in Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy as they design, build and inhabit structures in rural Poly Canyon, located about a mile from the heart of campus. 

CAED Open House Overview

Mar 29, 2019


Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design Welcomes Prospective Students and Their Families at Open House Weekend April 12-13
Annual Celebration Will Include Numerous Tours and Other Activities; College Will Host Design Village Competition in Poly Canyon April 26-28

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) will welcome hundreds of prospective students, their families and the community to campus during Cal Poly’s Open House weekend April 12- 13. Numerous events will be open to the public including student work exhibits, various tours and the popular Poly Royal Alumni Beer and Wine Garden.

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Cal Poly Alumnus "Weird Al" Earns Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Feb 11, 2019


CAED architecture alumnus Alfred “Weird Al” Yankovic (ARCH, 1980) earned another Grammy award on Feb. 10. This time it was for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

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Architecture Students Design Future of Devastated Town of Paradise

Feb 11, 2019


Reimagine Paradise: Cal Poly Architecture Students Design Future of Devastated Northern California Town 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Three months after the Camp Fire destroyed much of the Northern California town of Paradise, Cal Poly students are working on plans intended to give its thousands of displaced residents hope for the future. Thirty-six third-year architecture students are coordinating with peers from two other universities to reimagine how Paradise can rebuild after the devasting fire killed 86 people and burned more than 13,900 homes in November.

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Architecture Professor Tom Fowler Receives Prestigious CSU Teaching Award

Jan 22, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — In recognition of extraordinary commitment and dedication, Cal Poly architecture Professor Thomas Fowler has been selected a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Wang Family Excellence Award by the California State University (CSU).

The annual award, established in 1998, recognizes four outstanding CSU faculty members and one staff member who have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements.

Cal Poly Construction Management Students Sweep Invitational Competition

Dec 10, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly construction management students garnered four first-place trophies at the recent Associated Schools of Construction Region 3 Division Competition in Downers Grove, Illinois. This is the first year that Cal Poly’s teams have swept first place in all of the open national categories of Concrete, Electrical, Preconstruction, and Project Solutions.

al Poly fifth-year architecture student Mackenzie Stickney enjoys the comfort of her award-winning entry made of solid stock maple and leather. The lounge chair, titled “The Montreal,” received the AIA: Modern Master Award at last year’s Vellum Furniture Competition.

Architecture Students 15th Annual Vellum Furniture Design Show

Oct 24, 2018


Cal Poly Architecture Students to Exhibit Furniture Designs in 15th Annual Show Nov. 2 and 3

 SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Architecture Department is co-hosting the 15th annual Vellum Furniture Design Exhibition with Vellum Design Build, a San Luis Obispo design-and-build firm, on Nov. 2 and 3. The juried competition asks students to conceive and construct projects that range from tables and chairs to light fixtures, toys and other furniture design solutions that will be on display in downtown San Luis Obispo at 1185 Monterey St., between Santa Rosa and Toro streets.

Cal Poly architecture students explore design possibilities throughout an exhibit linked to an augmented reality interface.

Cal Poly Architecture and Landscape Architecture Programs Earn High Rankings in 2018-19 DesignIntelligence National Survey

Oct 16, 2018


Cal Poly Architecture and Landscape Architecture Programs Earn High Rankings in 2018-19 DesignIntelligence National Survey

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Bachelor of Architecture program continues to be regarded as No. 1 among public universities in the U.S., according to the 2018-19 DesignIntelligence rankings of the country’s most admired architecture and design schools.
 
Out of more than 50 accredited undergraduate programs in the nation’s public and private schools of architecture, Cal Poly placed third overall among the 35 ranked by DesignIntelligence.

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Professor Thomas Fowler Awarded Distinguished Teaching Award 

Sep 13, 2018


Professor Thomas Fowler teaches third-year design and building technology courses.

Professor Thomas Fowler teaches third-year design and building technology courses, works with independent study students and co-teaches a combined interdisciplinary fourth-year studio and a graduate-level building design studio. He brings more than 30 years of teaching and a breadth of design experience that are not lost on architecture students at any level of the program. 

“I can say he challenges me to think about where I am in life, how I am learning, and how to take charge of my own learning in ways I haven’t done in the past,” said one senior in her nomination letter.

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. 

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