News & Events
Landscape Architecture Alumna Lands Network Show
The College of Architecture and Environmental Design congratulates Sara Bendrick, a 2010 landscape architecture alumna who has signed on with DIY Network to work with homeowners who dislike their yards. On the show, she uses her knowledge and creativity to design beautiful and useful outdoor living spaces according to homeowners' wishes. The show, titled "I Hate My Yard," premiered on May 8.
CAED Student Photography Calendar Fundraiser
Support CAED students by purchasing a 2013-2014 academic calendar! Using student photography, the calendar, titled "Pieces of Cal Poly," provides a unique view of Cal Poly from a student's perspective and includes June to June academic event dates. Calendars cost $10 each. The first 100 individuals to purchase a 2013-14 calendar will also receive a 2012-13 calendar for FREE!
For details on how to purchase a calendar, email email@example.com.
Structural Design Project Selected as Finalist in SEI Annual Competition
Judges in the 2013 SEI Design Competition have selected Cal Poly's entry as a top three finalist. Faculty advisor Brent Nuttall and senior architectural engineering student, Victor Ramos, worked together to enter the Engineering Hangar project in the competition, which was completed in the ARCE 415/CM 351/ ARCH 351 interdisciplinary design course taught by Margot McDonald, Gregg Starzk and Gary Clay. Other students on the project team include Helene Deprez (architecture), Kevin Brown and Tylor Edward (construction management), and Jason Chen and David Gonzales (landscape architecture).
The top three competition finalists will present their designs at the Structures 2013 Congress in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 2-4, where they will provide judges with an oral presentation to supplement the originally submitted project materials.
Any undergraduate level civil engineering student team is eligible to enter the competition. Entries are limited to one team per university. No handwritten or hand-crafted work may be included in the materials submitted, which can not exceed 15 pages in length. Entries are provided via a number system to the judges, who are comprised of academic, government and industry officials.
Schwaller Project Wins 2012 AIAS/Kawneer Competition
Third year architecture student, Nick Schwaller, designed a library for Los Osos requiring the use of Kawneer materials. The challenge included finding a low-income community with an older library. Integrating natural light, sustainability and education, Schwaller also focused on community, creating an open floor plan with specialized areas for reading and views to the natural surroundings of Los Osos.
Placing second in the American Institute of Architecture Students/Kawneer 2012 design competition titled "Enlightening Libraries," Schwaller proved to judges his comprehension of the future of building and design. "...It could very well be adapted to the future," stated one of the judges.
Schwaller's faculty advisor was Margarida Yin. To view the project in pdf format and read more about it, go to the Architecture Department news and events web page.
Landscape Architecture Students' PLANET Competition Success
A team of Cal Poly students placed second overall in the PLANET Student Career Days 2013 annual competition March 7-10. The team was comprised of four faculty advisors, thirteen students from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and three landscape architecture students from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design: Sara Berryhill, Rachael Haacke, and Hannah Zimmerman. Competitions were timed such that students were required to complete each project in less than one hour and fifty minutes.
Cal Poly’s Hannah Zimmerman placed second to the University of Maryland in the 3D Exterior Landscape Design competition. Judges provided Zimmerman with space measurements and requirements at the beginning of the competition. She designed and modeled exterior landscaping for a commercial building. Her project included a 2D plan that correlated with at least one of two required 3D views presented to the judges.
Rachael Haacke placed in the top ten in both Construction Cost Estimating and Computer Aided Landscape Design. In addition, she placed 4th overall in Interior Landscape Design. Using paper, pencil, t-square and other tools by hand, Haacke designed the interior common area of a commercial building using large plants and trees as well as free standing plants.
In the Exterior Landscape Design competition, Sara Berryhill was a top ten winner. Using drafting tools, she designed an outdoor residential space with measurements provided by the judges.
The 2013 PLANET Student Career Days final competition details results are available at http://www.studentcareerdays.org/about/results.cfm. The lead faculty advisor for this team effort is Jason D. Lewis, PhD, a professor of Horticulture & Crop Science.
Professor Emeritus Gary Dwyer Publishes Book: Pale Blue/Light Blue - The Creative Life and How to Direct It
Gary Dwyer has produced a new book that will be of interest to architecture and landscape architecture students and alumni. 'Pale Blue / Light Blue - The Creative Life and How to Direct It' presents a substantially expanded understanding of the material Dwyer developed for the EDES 333 - Professional Presentation course at Cal Poly.
A brief exerpt:
The creative and talented people of the design community spend their early years designing, building and solving problems for other people. And then one day realize they have neglected themselves. We need to design our own lives, and the prospect terrifies us. No matter how much experience we have, how good we are at solving other people’s problems, the mere thought of working on our own problems often prevents us from doing anything about them.
How to design or re-design the life of a creative person. Creative people can balance their lives if they take the trouble to design their own lives. This short book will help with the process.
Every once in a while creative people have to stop and take stock. Taking the time to revisit the huge questions: Where am I? Where do I want to go? How do I get there? What do I really want and why? This essay / book is part narrative, part personal history, part workbook and it is up to the reader to figure out what parts to use.
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Jennifer Gallegos competed at the recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Her three awards include an Outstanding Student award, a Capturing the Best Moment Through a Photo Award, and the Staying Connected through Twitter Award.
In addition, Jennifer was a member of Cal Poly's team that placed second overall at the NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition.
Read more about what Jennifer did behind the scenes to take home a handful of awards. Go to the Cal Poly news release for more information.
Cal Poly construction management and architecture students teamed up for the 2013 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Residential Construction Management Competition at the NAHB International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas, Nev., placing second behind Michigan State University, on Jan 23.
Undergraduates Jennifer Gallegos, Jake Williams, Adrian Godby, Nicholas Northrop, Nicholas Gibson, and Emily Carver are active members of the NAHB Student Chapter. Challenged with obtaining financing to develop a 118 acre site located in Saratoga Springs, UT, the students produced a winning presentation that included a construction estimate and budget, construction schedule, cash flow projections, project management and organization, marketing and risk analysis, project site plan, land development plan, and green building initiatives. Students presented and discussed their property development plan with capital investors who served to determine the viability of the project.
Students began working on their project last September. In addition to placing second overall, team participant Jennifer Gallegos received an Outstanding Student Award. Competition entries were submitted by more than thirty NAHB chapter student teams.
The Cal Poly City and Regional Planning Department, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), will host the California Climate Action Planning Conference on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, on campus.
The event is the first conference to focus solely on the practice of local and regional climate action planning in California. Experts and practitioners from around the state will participate in in-depth presentations and discussions on the technical and political facets of climate action planning.
Read the full Cal Poly news release.
Architecture students in Margarida Yin’s 3rd year design studio, ARCH352, are working on a special project this quarter to create conceptual designs for the City of Lompoc. In order to fulfill the City’s vision, 20 students in the studio will produce 20 conceptual designs, each including a new fire station, police sub-station and a community center. The community center should also be able to function as the City’s Emergency Operations Center during times of disaster.
Students will present their preliminary projects to city officials and community members in a midterm review in Lompoc on February 20. This will be a participatory workshop, where students have the opportunity to present, discuss and get feedback from city officials and members of the community.
On March 13, students will give a final presentation of their completed conceptual designs to the City of Lompoc.
Read a subsequent article related to the March 13 presentation here.
Architecture Profesor Karen Lange's Studio 400 students present their 2013 thesis book show installation, ZIP. The installation is designed and built by 19 fifth year B.Arch thesis students as a showcase for their initial book submissions. Working collaboratively, the students constructed the super-surface and its sub-structure out of 250,000 cable ties that have been meticulously zipped into place.
The installation is free and open to the public at Cal Poly, building 05, Berg Gallery from 11 am to 5 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 22-23.
The Landscape Architecture Department celebrates 40 years at Cal Poly on Saturday, March 16. Location and time are to be announced but please save the date to share in the festivities.
Alumni, friends, former faculty and current members of the Landscape Architecture Department are invited back to campus to celebrate. Current LA seniors will present 5th year projects March 15 at Ludwig Community Center, 864 Santa Rosa Street, San Luis Obispo, from 4 - 8 pm. The department advisory council (LADAC) will be on campus both Friday and Saturday.
More information is available on the Landscape Architecture news and events web page.
City and Regional Planning Publishes FOCUS, 9th Edition
This past November, the CRP department published the new issue of its yearly journal. FOCUS 9_2012 comes redesigned with expanded content and in color. This issue includes articles on the 2016 Olympic Park Master Plan Competition; CalTran's Complete Streets program; the authenticity of California Missions; the multi-disaster recovery process in Japan, Chile and New Zealand; the grand works in Paris; CRP's 2011 Summer Program in Lisbon; planning principles and war stories; limits to localism in Europe; among others. It also presents student projects and interviews with CRP faculty, Paul Wack, and community engagement expert, James Rojas.
FOCUS 9_2012 is available for purchase directly from Amazon, and can also be read at Cal Poly Kennedy Library's Digital Commons.
Professor Siembieda Gives Keynote Presentation
William Siembieda, professor of city and regional planning, delivered the keynote presentation at the International Conference on Rebuilding China, Japan after Disasters, Nov. 15 at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Siembieda’s talk, “More than Bread and Water: Risks, Transitions and Recovery from Large Scale Disasters,” focused on the physical, institutional and human dynamics of recovery and reconstruction. The conference examined best practices and lessons learned in reducing the socio-economic impact of disasters on vulnerable communities in China and Japan. FEMA officials also provided their perspective and discussed best practices with Siembieda. Siembieda is assisting FEMA in the development of a Community Recovery Planning Guide for use in the U.S. His international expertise is shared with students of his disaster resiliency planning courses at Cal Poly.
Cal Poly Names Interim Architecture Department Head
Professor Jim Doerfler AIA, CSI, has been named Interim Department Head of the Architecture Department. Professor Doerfler has taught at Cal Poly since 2005. He is a leader in developing award winning interdisciplinary design studios and using software to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration at Cal Poly. “Being part of the faculty here has given me great insight into how special our program is," Doerfler said. "I look forward to guiding the program with our excellent faculty to advance our strengths as we prepare students to be architects in the 21st century.”
Professor Doerfler succeeds outgoing Department Head, Henri de Hahn, who has accepted the position of Provost at New School of Architecture + Design in San Diego. De Hahn has led the department since 2006. His leadership accomplishments include the development of the architecture core curriculum, advancing the interdisciplinary approach to design, and expanding off-campus programs.
Go to the Cal Poly news release for more information.
Cal Poly Hosts Climate Action Planning Conference
Join your fellow climate professionals in beautiful San Luis Obispo for the first conference to focus solely on the practice of local and regional climate action planning in California. Hosted by Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), the two-day conference will feature in-depth presentations and discussions on both technical and political facets of climate action planning. The conference will be held on the Cal Poly campus featuring experts and practitioners from around the state.
Registration is $80 general or $40 for students and young professionals. Total conference capacity will be limited to 200 participants so register today!
Go to the City and Regional Planning Conference webpage for more information on registration, accommodations, program/speakers, and sponsors.
President Jeffrey D. Armstrong joined KTGY representatives and CAED administrators at the KTGY Gallery dedication on November 29. The day celebrated a longstanding relationship between KTGY and the College of Architecture & Environmental Design.
KTGY Group, Inc., located in Irvine, provided funding to renovate the space, which shall be used by all CAED disciplines to display student's projects, studio critiques, college meetings and special events. Renovations included improvements to enhance the gallery such as new gallery lighting, updated display boards, carpet and audio/visual equipment.
Pictured from left: Associate Dean, Dick Zweifel; KTGY Principal, John Tulley (LA '79);
President Armstrong; Dean, Christine Theodoropoulos; KTGY Principal, Keith
Labus (ARCH '95); KTGY CEO, Tricia Esser; KTGY Principal, Chris Texter (ARCH '90).
Vellum Furniture Competition Draws 1,000 Visitors
Sponsored by Vellum Design Build and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, the 9th annual Vellum Furniture Competition and exhibit in San Luis Obispo drew close to 1,000 visitors in less than two days. On Nov. 2 and 3, a number of top individuals in the furniture design industry judged pieces designed and constructed by students in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Results are as follows:
Grace Choy - Milano Prize
Lawrence Yun - ACC: Modern Master Award
Tyler Bierce, Ben Preston - RRM: Cradle-2-Cradle Award
Ben Preston - Honorable Mention
Josh Paradis - MRC Table Award
For more information about the Vellum Furniture Competition, go to the Architecture Vellum/CAED Furniture Competition web page.
Holiday Tour Features Home Built by Cal Poly Students
Cambria Allied Arts has organized a Holiday Home Tour open to the public featuring several unique and beautiful homes located in the Cambria pines. One home made available for the Dec. 8 tour by owners Frank and Joni Michel was originally built in 1974 by Cal Poly students.
Read more about the tour and see photos of the homes at The Tribune's website www.sanluisobispo.com. Tour maps and refreshments will be made available at the Cambria Allied Arts Gallery, 1350 Main St. on the morning of the tour.
KTGY Gallery Dedication - YOU are invited!
Dean Christine Theodoropoulos and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design invite you to a dedication ceremony for the KTGY Gallery. Known for years as the "fishbowl" for its wall of windows, the KTGY Gallery will be used by multiple disciplines within the college as instructional space for integrated curriculum courses.
KTGY Group, Inc., located in Irvine, provided funding to renovate the space and will be recognized on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 3 pm in building 21, room 105. Please join us in appreciation not only for supporting the improvement of facilities used by our students, but for providing jobs to many CAED graduates over the years.
CAED Named 2013 Top Architecture Program in the West
The College of Architecture and Environmental Design is pleased to announce that its programs have once again ranked among competing universities in DesignIntelligence’s (DI) annual nationwide survey. Among best architecture schools for 2013, the Cal Poly Architecture program placed fifth after Cornell University, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Rice University and Syracuse University. Landscape Architecture tied for seventh place in undergraduate programs along with Purdue and the University of Georgia.
In addition to its program rankings, Cal Poly was ranked:
2nd in Top Schools in the West
1st by Firms in the Western Region
2nd in Construction Methods and Materials
Cal Poly was credited for having strengths such as “construction leadership” and “regional respect and admiration.” The full report can be ordered at the the DI web site.
View the full Cal Poly news release.
Students Design Landscape for Campus Space
The Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics is providing Learn by Doing opportunities. The area between the remaining wing of Building 52 and the new center will become one of the campus's central open spaces. This summer, landscape architecture students in Professor Omar Faruque's Design Theory and Exploration Focus Studio took a shot at designing the space.
See the full article at the College of Science and Mathematics news page.
9th Annual Vellum Furniture Competition
The College of Architecture & Environmental Design and Vellum Design Build invite you to attend the 9th Annual Vellum Furniture Competition reception and announcement ceremony on Nov. 2 from 6:30-10 p.m. at 883 Marsh St., San Luis Obispo. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 3. Stop by and see Cal Poly students' furniture designs and creations!
Go to the Architecture Department website or more information about the CAED Vellum Furniture Competition.
Construction Management Student Team Takes 1st at ASC Competition, Chicago
The Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) is divided into seven regions throughout the United States. Region 3 held a competition in Chicago Oct. 17-20 and invited Cal Poly Construction Management students to participate. With very little time to prepare, Cal Poly CM students once again came out on top! Read more on the Construction Management news page.
CAED Foundation Awards Medal Honoring George Hasslein
On Saturday, October 6, board members of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design Foundation (CAEDF) and their guests honored faculty emeriti Ken Schwarz, FAIA and Bill Brown, AIA with the George Hasslein Medal. The medal, named in honor of the College's founding dean, is awarded to Cal Poly alumni or benefactors who demonstrate a commitment for interdisciplinary learning and teaching.
CAEDF President, Drew Erickson said, "Bill Brown and Ken Schwartz were awarded the prestigious George Hasslein Medal for their lifelong commitment to George's passion for interdisciplinary learning and teaching and advancement of the industry. Both Bill and Ken demonstrated exceptional contributions to Cal Poly, the Learn By Doing approach, mentoring students, and professional student education. Along with the first Hasslein Medal winner, Paul Neel, Bill and Ken helped George build the interdisciplinary foundation for the College as we see it today. Both medal winners have given to Cal Poly and our College in ways that will be felt for many generations."
Atelier Morgan: The Personal Archives of Architect Julia Morgan
Although Hearst Castle may be one of her best known projects worldwide, Julia Morgan (1872-1957) designed over 700 structures in California. She was the only woman to earn a degree in civil engineering from UC Berkeley in 1894 and went on to become the first woman to earn a certificate in architecture from Beaux-Arts school in Paris, France. By 1904, she became the first licensed female architect in the state of California.
Morgan's heirs gifted her archives to Cal Poly in 1980. The exhibit, Atelier Morgan: The Personal Archives of Architect Julia Morgan, will be on display at Kennedy Library from Nov. 9-Jan. 11, 2013. A reception will be held in the library on Nov. 9 from 3-4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
A bibliography of Morgan is available at the Kennedy Library website.
Network with Industry Leaders at Mustang Mentoring
Mustang mentoring is a campus event developed to facilitate connections between students, alumni and industry leaders. Saturday, Oct. 27 focuses on mentoring primarily juniors and seniors in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, including a welcome breakfast program, break out sessions, lunch and a casual networking session.
More details about this event can be found on the Alumni Relations Mustang Mentoring page.
CRP Alumna: From Internship to County Planning Director
A recent announcement in the Modesto Bee indicates Angela Freitas (BS City and Regional Planning, 1999) has accepted the position of Planning Director for the County of Stanislaus.
Freitas began a planning internship with the County of Stanislaus in 1998. Upon graduating from Cal Poly, she secured a permanent position with the county and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Director of its planning department in 2008. The College of Architecture and Environmental Design congratulates Ms. Freitas on this honorable achievement.
Architecture Alum Helps Revive Old Oakland
The City of Oakland has been trying to rejuvenate the shopping scene in Old Oakland for years. It was not until Architecture alumnus, Alfonso Dominguez (pictured left), partnered with artist Sarah Filley to co-found PopUpHood, a non-profit organization that focuses on the revitalization of Old Oakland, that the City finally saw success.
PopUpHood evolved when Dominguez, a restaurant owner and entrepreneur, took the initiative to develop and propose to the City a plan to encourage retailers to move into vacant commercial space on the corner of Broadway and Ninth Street. These new, creative shops would complement nearby, popular restaurants and promote long-term economic development of the area. PopUpHood researches and selects tenants and negotiates a term of free rent with property owners while Oakland's economic development agency offers marketing support and advice. The winning combination of opportunity and service benefits the retailer, the consumer, and the City of Oakland.
PopUpHood will be featured at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, August 29 through November 25, 2012.
CRP Students Develop City of SLO Climate Action Plan
Under the guidance of Dr. Adrienne Greve, City and Regional Planning students developed a preliminary climate action plan for the City of San Luis Obispo. The plan addresses the State's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a level of 1990 by the year 2020.
The Cal Poly Climate Team and Senior Undergraduate Planning Lab students created a method to reach the City's GHG emissions reduction goal by requiring a 15% reduction from baseline levels primarily from transportation, waste and building strategies. Students addressed reduction strategies in the following additional areas: water, land use, renewable energy, parks and open space.
By adopting a climate action plan, the City of San Luis Obispo has completed its 3rd step of a 5-step process to reach their emission goal. The fourth and fifth steps consist of implementing and monitoring GHG emissions reduction levels.
CRP Faculty Member Published in Government Finance
Adjunct City and Regional Planning Department faculty member, Michael Multari, celebrates the release of his new book: Guide to Local Government Finance in California.
The book is intended as a resource for anyone interested in the financial blueprint of cities, counties and special districts. Written by Multari along with Michael Coleman, Kenneth Hampian and Bill Statler, it focuses on the multifaceted structure of finance in California.
Multari served as the Community Development Director of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay and co-founded Crawford, Multari & Clark Associates (CMCA), a planning, economic, fiscal policy and community participation services consulting firm. Currently, Multari is a member of the City of San Luis Obispo Planning Commission and Economic Development Task Force.
For more information about Guide to Local Government Finance in California, go to Solano Press Books website.
ARCE Students Learn by Designing and Building Telescope
Guided by Cal Poly research scholar in residence, Dr. Russell M. Genet, three architectural engineering students designed a unique, 15-foot-tall telescope that used light-weight materials and trusses so it can be easily transported.
Having nicknamed their senior project “Big Woody,” ARCE students Laura Rice, Mounir El-Koussa, and Mike Vickery helped build what Genet believes to be the world’s largest portable telescope. Weighing under 500 pounds - similar telescopes weigh tons and are therefore much more difficult to transport – the telescope with its 60-inch diameter mirror was unveiled at Cal Poly on May 31.
Laura, Mounir and Mike, who spoke at a public Research Scholars in Residence talk at the Kennedy Library just before the unveiling, not only won a “top scholarship prize,” Genet says, but in addition they won the $3000 first prize in the annual ApplePly design contest. ApplePly is the top-of-the-line veneer hardwood plywood that is primarily used in custom furniture. The students used ApplePly for the telescope’s planar trusses, turning it from an engineering marvel into a true work of art.
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