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Cal Poly Students Tie for First in Low-Income Housing Plan Competition

Cal Poly Students Tie for First in Low-Income Housing Plan Competition

May 19, 2016

SAN LUIS OBISPO – An interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly students took first place in the 2016 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Low-Income Housing Challenge (LIHC). The team included students from architecture, economics, finance, city and regional planning, and construction management.

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Michael Boswell Appointed as Department Head for City & Regional Planning Department

May 13, 2016

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design has appointed Mike Boswell as the Department Head of the City and Regional Planning Department, beginning in September 2016.

Mike has served Cal Poly as a faculty member in the CRP department since 1998, and as a full professor since 2011. He was the graduate program coordinator for 11 years. 

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Industry Recruiters Turnout in Significant Numbers to Engage with CAED Students

May 3, 2016

At the College of Architecture and Environmental Design Career Fair students and soon-to-be-grads interacted with recruiters from nearly 80 firms.  Recruiters from local, national and international firms that value Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing education offered fulltime positions, internships, and co-op positions needing to be filled in the growing economy.

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Eve Gruntfest joins the Resilient Communities Research Institute

Mar 25, 2016

Eve Gruntfest joins the Resilient Communities Research Institute  as a Professional Research Associate  2016-2017. Dr. Eve Gruntfest is a Professional Associate in the Resilient Communities Research Institute at Cal Poly. She is a geographer who has been working in the field of natural hazard mitigation for 40 years.

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CAED Selected for Membership in National Resiliency Initiative Network

Mar 22, 2016

San Luis Obispo- Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) will aid in a national effort to make our cities safer and more resilient.   Cal Poly is one of three new universities selected by the American Institute of Architects Foundation (AIAF), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) to join the National Resilience Initiative (NRI). The NRI is a network of community and university-based design studios dedicated to helping communities become better prepared for natural disasters and climate change. The CAED joins the University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research, Hampton University in Virginia, the New Jersey Institute of Technology Center for Resilient Design, the Mississippi State University Community Design Studio and the University of Arkansas Community Design Center.

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Photos from the 2016 Structural Forum and CSI Lab Dedication are here!

Mar 5, 2016

The Structural Forum 2016 "Pushing the Limits" photos are here!

Many thanks to CSI's Ashraf Habibullah for sponsoring the CSI Lab in the Architectural Engineering Department. For photos of the 2016 Structural Forum and lab dedication click here.


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CM Students Score Big at the ASC Competition in Reno

Feb 24, 2016

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly construction management students earned a big win at the 29th annual Associated Schools of Construction Region 6 and 7 Competition (ASC) in Reno, Nev. held earlier this month.  

Six of the 12 Cal Poly teams competing brought home trophies – including four first place wins in the categories of Heavy-Civil, Virtual Design and Construction, Pre-construction Services, and Electrical Systems. Cal Poly placed second in the Concrete Solutions category and third in the Mechanical Systems category.

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Four College of Architecture and Environmental Design Champions Honored in Sacramento

Feb 9, 2016

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Twenty-one Cal Poly students, including four from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design were recognized for their awards and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on Monday, Feb. 1.

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Cal Poly Receives AIAS Chapter Honor Award

Feb 2, 2016

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly received the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Chapter Honor Award at the AIAS Forum, the largest gathering of architecture students in the world.

The Honor Awards recognize outstanding achievements made by students, educators and practitioners who have exhibited an exemplary commitment to the education and development of architecture students.

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Cal Poly Students Rank High at Construction Mangagement Competition

Feb 1, 2016

SAN LUIS OBISPO — An interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly students captured second place in the four-year college category at the recent 2016 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Residential Construction Management Competition.

The competition culminated with final presentations at the annual International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas from Jan. 19-21. This year, 34 universities participated, representing NAHB student chapters from across the country.


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