Faculty Digest: 11-10-11

Faculty Meetings

The next Curriculum Meeting will be announced at a later date.

The next Tenured Faculty Meeting will will be announced at a later date.

The next General Faculty Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 11:00am in the Faculty Conference Room (05-201A) and will include an update by the Dean on budget and enrollment.

Important Dates

Friday, November 11 - Academic holiday - Veterans Day Observed - Campus Closed

November 23-27 - Academic holiday - Thanksgiving - Campus Closed November 24-25

December 1 - CAED Holiday Party

College News

CAED Holiday Party

Thursday, December 1, 2011, 4:00-8:00pm

Save the date for the CAED Holiday Party! This year it has a new venue and will be held in the Engineering West Courtyard Conference Rooms A and B and the Courtyard itself. This is a great chance to get in the holiday spirit with your colleagues!

University News

Risk Management Open Forum NEW

November 28, 2011, 10:00-11:00am, UU-220

Faculty are encourage to attend a Risk Management Open Forum scheduled to address several important topics, including Field Trips and University Release Agreements. This would be an excellent opportunity to find out more information about the field trip processes that Lisa has been enlightening Architecture faculty about. If you have any questions, email Jeanette Paolucci or call her at 756-2234.

Distinguished Scholarship Award Nominations Sought

Nominations due by December 1, 2011

Students, faculty and alumni are encouraged to nominate Cal Poly faculty for the Distinguished Scholarship Award. These awards are intended to recognize the scholarship and creative activity of both junior and senior faculty across all disciplines represented at Cal Poly. Visit the Distinguished Scholarship Award web site for more information.

State Faculty Support Grants

Deadline for Proposals: January 27, 2012

The State Faculty Support Grant program supports research, scholarship, and creative activities that help faculty remain current in their disciplines and contribute new knowledge, with the intent of strengthening California socially, culturally, and economically. For guidelines and an application form to apply for a mini-grant and assigned time for the 2012-13 year, visit the Research and Graduate Programs (RGP) web site or call the RGP office at 756-1508.


Assembly Required Exhibit NEW

November 7, 2011-January 6, 2012, Robert E. Kennedy Library, Learning Commons, 2nd floor

FurniturePapercraft Hands-On Workshop, Tuesday, November 8, 11:00am-1pm

Curated by co-organizer and Associate Professor Tom Di Santo, Assembly Required highlights the craftsmanship and innovation of Cal Poly student furniture artists. The winners from the 2011 Vellum/College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) Furniture Competition and Exhibition are a central feature of the exhibit.

The exhibit also includes pieces made from recycled books. Professor Tom Fowler challenged his third-year studio design students to design and build furniture using books in a four-day period from start to finish. The result is a collection of inspired furniture that celebrates repurposed materials. The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

Go to the Assembly Required web site for more information about the exhibit and workshop.


Fall 2011 Hearst Lectures

Joel Sanders, Architect and Associate Professor at Yale School of Architecture (YSOA)

Friday, November 18th, 2011, at 4:00pm, Business Rotunda (03-213)

Sanders' presentation will focus on the themes and issues explored in the release of his new book, Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture, co-edited with Diana Balmori. Groundwork maps an interdisciplinary trend over the past ten years of architects and landscape architects undertaking groundbreaking projects that propose an integration of landscape and architecture.
Prof. Sanders will also be presenting this lecture as part of the Architecture Alumni Social at LPA in Irvine on Thursday evening, November 17th, 2011, at 5:00pm.

Joel Sanders teaches at Yale School of Architecture (YSOA).

To view Sanders' latest publication, go to

For additional information about Sander's firm, please go to Joel Sanders

For additional information about Sander's teaching, please go to Joel Sanders

Winter 2011 Hearst Lectures include:

Annie Chu and Rick Gooding, Architect and founding principals of Chu+Gooding Architects

Friday, January 6th, 2012, at 4:00pm, Business Rotunda (03-213)

For additional information, please go to Chu + Gooding Architects

Perry Kulper, Architect, Artist, and Associate Professor of Architecture at the Taubmann College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, (Cal Poly BS Arch)

Friday, January 27th, 2012 at 4:00pm, Business Rotunda (03-213)

For additional information of Kulper's artwork, please go to Perry Kulper

For additional information about Kulper's teaching, please go to Perry Kulper Michigan

For additional information of Kulper's March 2009, Drawings & Workshops 'Texas Range', please go to Texas Range Workshop.


Peter Walker, Landscape Architect, FASLA

Friday, February 3rd, 2012, at 4:00pm, Business Rotunda (03-213)

For additional information of Walker's firm, please go to PWP Landscape Architecture.

Martin Finio Architect and Critic at Yale University, and Taryn Christoff, Architect, Principals of Christoff:Finio Architecture

Friday, February 24th, 2012, at 4:00pm, Business Rotunda (03-213)

For additional information about Finio's firm, please go to Christoff:Finio Architecture

William F. Baker, PE, SE, FASCE, FIStructE Structural and Civil Engineering Partner of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM)

Friday, March 2nd, 2012, at 4:00pm, Business Rotunda (03-213)

For additional information about Baker, please go to William F. Baker


Ryan Murphy Project Manager at SCIAME Construction

Friday, March 9th, 2012, at 4:00pm, Business Rotunda (03-213)

For additional information of Sciame Construction, please go to SCIAME.

The Hearst Lecture Series is hosted by Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) through a generous grant from the Hearst Foundation. For more information go to the Hearst Lectures web page.


ACSA ARCHIVE Competition #4: The Beauty Pageant NEW

Entry Posting Deadline: November 15, 2011, Midnight EST

Ths competition is interested in both projects that help the public appreciate the profession and the ways in which a designer communicates. While architectural education is interested in process, pageants are about products - parade your project, post your best side and make your case in a way that anyone can understand it. Go to The Beauty Pageant for more information and submission instructions.

Canned-Food-Castle Building Competition

Thursday, November 17, 11:00am-1:00pm

Cal Poly's Student Community Services is looking for with their Annual See the Need Week (hunger awareness week), November 13-19. The week will be full of many great volunteer and awareness events both on and off campus focusing on hunger issues domestically and abroad.

One of the evens will be a Canned-Food-Castle Building Competition where teams comprised of at least five students, compete to build structures out of canned and dried foods that they and/or their affiliated organization collected throughout the week. The build-off will take place from 11:00am-1:00pm on Thursday, November 17, on Dexter Lawn (or in Chumash Auditorium in case of rain).

Student Community Services would greatly appreciate CAED staff to 1) participate by being guest judges to the competition in the categories of structural stability and creativity and 2) would also ask that you help promote this event to your students to create teams and sign up through Student Community Services. Go to the Student Community Services web site for more information.


Space and Flows: An International Conference on Urban and Extraurban Studies

Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Tuscany, Italy, November 17-18, 2011

This conference aims to critically engage contemporary spatial, social, ideological, and political transformations in a transitional world. In a process-oriented world of movement, the global north and global south now simultaneously converge and diverge in a dialectic that shapes and transforms cities, suburbs , and rural areas. This conference addresses the nature and mapping of these forces and the dynamics that propel these changes. The conference also examines and defines the myriad of different spaces that make up our contemporary world, including urban, edgeurban, de-urban, micro-urban, greenfield, and off-the-grid. In addition to plenary presentations, the Spaces and Flows Conference includes parallel presentations by practitioners, teachers, and researchers. You are invited to respond to the conference Call-for-Papers. For more information go to the Spaces and Flows Conference 2011 web site.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Call for Applications: Critical Studies Fellowship

Application Deadline: December 1, 2011

Cranbrook Academy of Art - a preeminent graduate school of art, design and architecture - is pleased to announce a unique teaching fellowship. Cranbrook seeks applicants working in the fields of Critical Theory and/or Contemporary Craft, Art and Design Theory for a on-semester residential teaching fellowship for Fall 2012. Candidates with an emphasis in craft are particularly encouraged to apply for 2012. Candidates must hold an advanced degree in their field (MA or higher, PhD preferred), have graduate-level teaching experience and an interest in the links between theory and visual art/craft/design studio practice. For more information and to download the application go to the Critical Studies Fellowship web page.

2012 Gensler Diversity Scholarship

Deadline:December 15, 2011

Please encourage your students to apply for the 2012 Gensler Diversity Scholarship. This year, Gensler will consider top students of not-for-profit NAAB-accredited architecture programs for academic scholarships and paid summer internships in a Gensler regional office. To be considered by the scholarship jury, up to two students may be formally nominated by your academic institution as follows: 1) Applicants must be African American, 2) Applicants must be enrolled in a not-for-profit NAAB-accredited architecture program and scheduled to begin their final year in the Fall of 2012, and 3) Applicants must include a formal letter of nomination from the Chair/Head of the program with their submission materials. Go to the Gensler Scholarship web page.

Athens: Heritage and Modernity

January 5-15, 2012; Deadline for applications: November 15, 2011

This 11 day visit of Athens focuses on the preservation and conservation issues facing the city. The program involves a series of lectures and visits lead by Athenian architects, historians, conservators and planners who have been grappling with the problem of preserving monuments and culture in the midst of a bustling modern city. This program is specialized and intended for students or professionals engaged in History, Archaeology, Architecture Art History, Architecture, Urban Planning, Anthropology, Conservation and Historic Preservation. For more information go to the San Gemini Preservation Studies web site.

Eighth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, January 10-12, 2012

This conference aims to develop a holistic view of sustainability, in which environmental, cultural and economic issues are inseparably interlinked. It will work in a multidisciplinary way, across diverse fields and taking varied perspectives in order to address the fundamentals of sustainability. For more information go to the Sustainability conference web site.

Eighth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society

University of California, Los Angeles, January 16-18, 2012

This conference will focus upon a range of critically important themes in the various fields that address the complex and subtle relationships between technology, knowledge and society. The conference is cross-disciplinary in scope, a meeting point for technologists with a concern for the social and social scientists with a concern for the technological. The focus is primarily, but not exclusively, on information and communications technologies. For more information go to the Technology, Knowledge, & Society web site.

Sixth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

University of California, Los Angeles, January 20-22, 2012

The Design Conference is a place to explore the meaning and purpose of 'design', as well as speaking in grounded ways about the task of design and the use of designed artifacts and processes. The conference is a cross-disciplinary forum that brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design. In professional and disciplinary terms, the conference traverses a broad sweep to construct a dialogue that encompasses an expansive array of disciplinary perspectives and practices. The highly inclusive format provides conference delegates with significant opportunities to connect with people from shared fields and disciplines and with those from vastly different specializations. The resulting conversations provide ample occasions for mutual learning, weaving between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, and market pragmatics and social idealism. For more information go to the Design Conference 2012 web site.

Seveth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences NEW

June 25-28, 2012; Universidad Abat Oliba CEU, Barcelona, Spain

Call for papers deadline: November 22, 2011

This conference will address interdisciplinary practices across the social sciences and between the social sciences and the natural sciences, applied sciences and the professions. It will work in a multidisciplinary way, across diverse fields and taking varied perspectives in order to address the fundamentals of the social sciences.

For further information on the conference and call for papers go to the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference website.