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Architecture Professor Clare Olsen Named CIE Faculty Fellow

Jan 28, 2016

Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has named three professors to its Faculty Fellows program. Graphic communication Professor Charmaine Farber, computer science Professor David Janzen, and architecture professor Clare Olsen join the multidisciplinary cohort in preparing students to become emerging entrepreneurial leaders.


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CAED Hosts California State Architect and 7x7x7 Forum

Jan 28, 2016

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design hosted one of four 7x7x7: Design, Energy, Water forums scheduled throughout California this month. The forum brought together seven architectural firms to present seven case studies in sustainable school design, focused on seven representative school campuses.

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City and Regional Planning Professor William Siembieda speaks at Harvard

Jan 21, 2016

Cal Poly City and Regional Planning Professor, William Siembieda, was invited to participant in the Accelerating Disaster Recovery: Strategies, Tensions, and Obstacles  conference January 22-23, at Harvard University. This conference, was held at Loeb House, and sponsored by the Kennedy School of Government program in Crisis Leadership.  Dr. Siembieda was invited to share his experience on disaster recovery and hazard mitigation practice in California and internationally. 

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ARCE Professor Allen Estes Elected to Fellow

Dec 22, 2015

Cal Poly Professor Allen Estes Elected to Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Allen Estes, a Cal Poly professor who heads the Architectural Engineering Department in the university’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, was named a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers.

CAED Welcomes New Faculty

Dec 17, 2015

With consistently high national rankings in all of its programs, the College of Architecture & Environmental Design is in high demand. For the 2015-16 academic year, several new talented individuals have joined the faculty.

This year, the College created two new interdisciplinary tenure-track positions, that serve multiple departments as teacher-scholars.

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Cal Poly Architecture Program Ranked No. 2 in the Nation

Nov 30, 2015


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s bachelor of architecture program was ranked No. 2 in the 2016 DesignIntelligence ranking of the country’s 34 best public and private architecture and design schools. Among public universities, Cal Poly’s program was rated No. 1 in the U.S.

Architecture Professor Honored With Distinguished Teaching Award

Sep 23, 2015

SAN LUIS OBISPO –  Professor of Architecture, Sandra Stannard was one of three faculty selected for the Distinguished Teaching Award for the 2014- 15 academic year. 

The Distinguished Teaching Award was established to recognize faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching at Cal Poly.  Criteria include presentation of material that stimulates thinking, innovative instructional approaches and a high degree of student interaction. 

Students Sweep Top Awards in National Steel Design

Sep 22, 2015

Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design students swept the top two categories of the 2014-2015 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition.

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CAED Welcomes Two Staff Members to Lead the Instructional Support Shop

Aug 10, 2015

Two new staff members have been hired to lead operations in the college’s many instructional maker-spaces.

Mr. David Kempken assumed the instructional support shopmanager role on June 1, 2015. Mr. Kempken has a Master’s degree in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University and joined the CAED with more than ten years of professional experience in the maintenance of instructional labs and shops. He has taught furniture design and construction, 3D design and sculpture.

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Omar Faruque Appointed Department Chair for Landscape Architecture

Aug 7, 2015

The College of Architecture & Environmental Design has appointed Omar Faruque as the department chair of the Landscape Architecture Department.

“Architecture of the landscape, at every scale – small, large or regional– is a profound and important human experience,” said professor Omar Faruque, “It needs a careful orchestration of teaching and scholarship to provide quality education for this challenging field, and we at Cal Poly have the national reputation for it.”


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