Alumni News and Events
The Architecture Department is pleased to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of our alumni that span over an impressive fifty-six years. We trust that you will have as many memories and discoveries reading as we did compiling the news. We are proud of your achievements and hope that you will stay in touch with your Alma Matter through the Alumni News Submittal Form provided as a way to share your news.
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Starting with the 2006-2007 academic year, the architecture department has produced a thesis topic publication listing that year's thesis topics. Go to Architecture Department Publications for the thesis pamphlet, and Alumni & Friends for the graduating class photo.
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ARCHITECTURE START-UP FOUNDED BY CAL POLY ARCH ALUMNI WINS NATIONAL 2019 ARCHITECTURE BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION EVIA of Palo Alto, CA Selected by a Jury of Industry Leaders
PALO ALTO, CA - May 2019: An awards program in its fifth year, Charrette Venture Group’s 2019 Architecture Business Plan Competition recognizes small, innovative architecture firms that have invested time and resources in effective planning for their business. Leah Alissa Bayer and her firm, EVIA, emerged as the 2019 winner.
Founded in 2016, EVIA stands for “Evolving Integrated Architecture.” Bayer describes her four-person, Palo Alto-based firm as “an ambitious new architect-led research, design, and development firm specializing in creating contextually sensitive, story-rich, and future-minded single and multi-family residences. We design and manage beautiful, high-performing, resilient housing for the modern lifestyle along the Pacific West Coast with local offices in the Bay Area, California and Bellingham, Washington and a professional team spread across the US.”
The jury was impressed with EVIA’s ambitious long-term vision for her company, combined with her highly organized plan for introducing new business facets and scaling existing facets. They noted Leah’s excellent presentation and her balanced, overall grasp of the multiple pieces required for EVIA to succeed. “She really did her homework,” juror Art Gensler stated.
Bayer notes, “As a new founder, the competition was such a valuable experience and one that I whole-heartedly recommend to any entrepreneurial firm out there starting to get off the ground. With valuable feedback from the jury of awesomely successful leaders, EVIA now has a solid, detailed plan to inspire us as we grow and guide us as we move forward. We are so much more organized and empowered because of this process.” Read more on EVIA here.
KTGY Principal Bill Ramsey AIA to Spearhead Mountain States Expansion of the Firm’s For-Sale Residential Architecture and Planning Studio DENVER – KTGY Architecture + Planning announced today that Principal Bill Ramsey, AIA, NCARB, is leading an expansion of KTGY’s for-sale residential practice. Based in the firm’s Denver office, Ramsey will manage an architecture and planning team dedicated to expanding design services for new for-sale residential developments in Colorado and the surrounding states. Chris Texter, AIA, principal and member of KTGY’s Board of Directors who is responsible for the firm’s Denver office, said, “Bill Ramsey is adding to the leadership of KTGY’s Denver office, complementing the multifamily and mixed-use expertise of Managing Director Terry Willis, and Associate Principal Nathan Sciarra.”
Since joining KTGY in 2004, Ramsey has worked in KTGY’s Irvine and Oakland offices, building relationships with national and regional clients in the Western states. A principal and shareholder of KTGY, Ramsey has15 years of experience with architecture and planning for single-family detached residences, townhomes, stacked-flats and the mix of planning and amenities that accompany great residential neighborhoods. “At KTGY, we are innovators of the places that people call home. Bill is exemplary of our vision of continually searching for better, providing design solutions for inspired, forward-looking residential communities,” Texter added. “By listening carefully to client and community aspirations, collaborating with stakeholders and drawing on the expertise of KTGY’s national network of architecture studios, Bill has a track record of providing superior solutions across building types and geographic locations.”
“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead KTGY’s for-sale studio in the Mountain States,” said Ramsey. “KTGY is among the nation’s foremost residential and mixed-use architecture and planning firms, combining design and technical excellence to provide superior service. In this spirit, I am looking forward to all the ways that this expansion will increase our innovation and depth of resources.” Ramsey holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). A licensed architect in California, Colorado, Nevada, Washington, Utah and Idaho, he also holds a certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).
Lee Salin (B.Arch 1986), AIA, has been named Managing Principal at Anderson
Brulé Architects. With a 30+ year architectural career, Lee’s significant
leadership experience has been instrumental to ABA’s continued growth and
service to their clients. The newly established Managing Principal position
is a natural extension of Lee’s personal expertise and comes after three
years with ABA.
In his new role, Lee will oversee the effectiveness of ABA’s project
teams’ efforts on behalf of their clients, while also actively managing
projects and building client relationships. In addition, Lee will seek
continued innovations in project management and service delivery to better
achieve the critical goals and evolving needs of ABA’s clients and
communities served. Read more here: http://aba-arch.com/about/news/article/44
Ben Kasdan, AIA, LEED AP Named Associate Principal of KTGY Architecture + Planning (B.Arch 2003) IRVINE, Calif. – KTGY Architecture + Planning has named Ben Kasdan, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB to the position of associate principal. In this new role leading the high-density design studio on the East Coast, Kasdan will relocate to KTGY’s Tysons, Virginia office, from the firm’s Irvine, California office, where he has held positions of increasing responsibility since 2003. Kasdan, who has worked in collaboration with the Tysons office on multiple projects during the past several years, will be splitting his time between the two coasts until his move to the Washington, D.C. area this summer.
“Ben Kasdan stands out for his multi-disciplinary abilities,” said Jill Williams, AIA, chairman of KTGY Architecture + Planning board of directors and principal. “We are excited for him to join our Tysons leadership team because of his talents with client relationships, community building, complex design, and mentoring team members.” More information here.
Ventura College and Beyond: Architecture and Design. Dylan Chappell (B.Arch 2006) has come full-circle from his Ventura College days. Studying in the college’s architecture program, Chappell went on to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, to complete his degree and become a licensed architect. With his own architecture firm, Dylan Chappell Architects based in Carpinteria, which employs three people, he is overseeing the design of a new restaurant and brewery in Ventura across from the college and Foster’s Freeze, one of his first projects in the city. …Chappell’s successors, the architecture students at Ventura College, held a showcase on May 19 offering a glimpse into their own work as well as a chance to see the college’s facilities for the program, which has, over time, served as a pipeline to the Cal Poly program. The full article can be seen at www.vcreporter.com.
Teddy Cruz: A Tale of Two Cities (B.Arch 1987). When Vilcek Prizewinner Teddy Cruz first emigrated from Guatemala, he had no idea that San Diego was a border town. He did not speak English, and his relatives had warned him that going downtown would be risky and dangerous. "It took me almost a year to exit this Truman Show," he says. He was surprised to realize that not twenty minutes away from his new home were vibrant immigrant neighborhoods along the U.S.-Mexico border, and, just on the other side of the wall, the city of Tijuana. … When he resumed his studies in the U.S., first at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and then at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he tried to process the conflict and injustice he had witnessed as a youth. Although he had not been politically active while he was there—"I was too much of a good student"—Teddy sought to understand the ideas that had inspired such struggle, reading widely on Marxism, women’s theory, and other political philosophies. More on Teddy Cruz can be found at archinect.com/news/article/150053723/teddy-cruz-a-tale-of-two-cities.
International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce the addition of Jessica Musick (B.Arch 2003) as a shareholder. Musick, formerly an associate principal with KTGY, was also named a principal. Based in the firm’s Oakland, California office, Musick joins other KTGY Oakland shareholders: Jill D. Williams, AIA, principal and chairman of the board; and Bill Ramsey, AIA, NCARB, principal. … Musick is a speaker at industry events focused on specific Bay Area City processes and trends. She is frequently quoted about design trends in local and national publications. She has also served as a Critic at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. Musick graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Additional information at: www.realestaterama.com/jessica-musick-becomes-shareholder-of-ktgy-architecture-planning-ID044134.html.
Krista Nelson (B.Arch 1990), AIA, has been promoted to Associate Principal at Anderson Brulé Architects. Krista is an advocate for the technical education of architects, and that passion has transferred to her ability to lead teams in health and wellness, education, and community projects. With more than 33 years in the industry, Krista's dedication and passion has only enhanced in working with future occupants of buildings by creating architecture that provides the experiences that they envisioned. Additional information at aba-arch.com/about/news/article/36.
Jason Hull (B.Arch 2002), RA, has been promoted to Associate Principal at Anderson Brulé Architects. His attention to detail, clear and concise communication style, thorough design approach, and experience in multiple facets of the process allow Jason to contribute at all levels of a project. As an Associate Principal of the firm leading design excellence across all projects in the Community and Education markets, Jason brings multi-disciplinary and holistic design expertise to each project he is involved with. Additional information at aba-arch.com/about/news/article/36.
Kent Aden (B.Arch 1980), a licensed architect, developer and the visionary behind many of San Diego's most honored master-planned communities, was inducted into the San Diego Building Industry Association's (BIA) Hall of Fame on Feb. 3,2018 during a ceremony at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. The Hall of Fame recognition is the highest honor bestowed by the organization, which comprises 800 member companies throughout San Diego County. He has an MBA degree from California State University, Fullerton, and a BA degree in architecture from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Additional information at: patch.com/california/coronado/coronado-resident-inducted-bia-hall-fame.
Architect Lance O’Donnell (B.Arch 1999) translates his desert roots into environmentally sensitive projects. As a fourth-generation Coachella Valley resident, architect Lance O’Donnell developed an innate sense of the harsh desert environment. His understanding of the elements – the blinding sun, extreme heat, and wind — has shaped his approach to architecture… O’Donnell designed and built his home in Palm Springs, which earned a LEED Platinum rating in 2008. The American Institute of Architects, Inland Chapter, also recognized the house. O’Donnell, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and his master’s in architecture from UCLA, talked with Palm Springs Life about coming back to the desert to forge his career at a time when Modernism Week wasn’t even on the front burner. Additional information at: www.palmspringslife.com/lance-odonnell-modernism-week.
Kyu Young Kim (B. Arch 2008) was selected by the Public Arts Department of the City of Palo Alto to participate in Code: ART, a public street art festival in downtown Palo Alto. Installing an 'Architectural Pavilion', Kim presented a unique, minimalist, and inviting community gathering space. The intervention was created from blue “recycle buddy” bins, a single object repeated and joined together to form the architectural pavilion. The installation created a sense of community as children and adults, and people of all ages and backgrounds, shared the same spacial experience, while the people passing by were encouraged to create their own structures out of recycled corks and toothpicks to display inside the pavilion. Additional information at: www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/public_art/codeart.asp
ARCH Alum published in Architectural Digest! Cal Poly Alumna Michelle (Nelson) Granelli (B. Arch 2008) was published in Architectural Digest for having one of the seven best medical marijuana dispensary designs. Located two miles southwest of San Francisco's financial district, the Apothecarium was designed by the California-based firm Urban Chalet along with architect, Vincent Gonzaga. "We wanted to ensure that the space was accessible and comfortable for anyone who might experience the space," says Michelle Granelli, principal at Urban Chalet. To that end, they blended modern and traditional tones throughout the space, allowing for easy flow around the store as well as maximum privacy, an element Granelli says is very important to consider when designing a marijuana dispensary.
ARCH Alum wins Restricted Design Competition! The winning entry in the international architecture competition for a new architecture school in Aarhus is the team of Vargo Nielsen Palle. Vargo is Brian Vargo (B. Arch 2011), a graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and a DIS student in the architecture and design program in the fall of 2009 and spring of 2010. Read more about this exciting news here.
Leong-Leong receives Emerging Voices recognition! Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices Award spotlights North American individuals and firms with distinct design “voices” that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. This year Dominic Leong (B. Arch 2001) & Chris Leong of Leong-Leong, NY, have been invited to participate with fellow winners Duvall Decker Architects. More information here.
Noa Younse (B. Arch 2007) has just just won the annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition. His project is now on display in Times Square as a part of a romantic public art installation celebrating Valentine's Day. The design was unveiled on February 7, 2017 and will remain in in the square for approximately one month. For more details visit arts.timessquarenyc.org/times-square-arts/projects/at-the-crossroads/we-were-strangers-once-too/index.aspx.
Design Evolves in Creating Community! Marc and Christine Mondor are not just in the business of creating cutting-edge, sustainable spaces. They’re in the business of creating community. The couple are co-principals and founders of evolveEA (short for Environment and Architecture) in East Liberty, specializing in everything from residential design to large-scale social engagement projects. … Marc Mondor (B. Arch 1992) earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and also studied sustainable design in Scandinavia. For more details visit www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pittsburgh-Magazine/January-2017/Design-Evolves-in-Creating-Community.
Stephanie Silkwood (B. Arch 2008) and Carissa A. Shrock (B.Arch 2003) have been selected as two of the American Institute of Architects 12 winners of the 2016 Young Architects Award. This award recognizes architects who have been licensed for no more than 10 years and "have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers." The Institute awarded two fewer recipients this year than last year. For more details visit www.architectmagazine.com/awards/aia-honor-awards/aia-names-12-winners-of-2016-young-architects-award_o.
Michael Charters (B. Arch 2010), along with colleague Ranjit John Korah, was selected as a winner in the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) ChiDesign competition, an open international ideas competition. Their project was exhibited in the Chicago Architecture Foundation Lobby as part of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Official competition website: www.architecture.org/chidesign
Vince Taboada (B. Arch 1995) has been promoted to Associate at ELS Architecture and Urban Design. Vince joined ELS in 2012. His work includes design and construction administration for VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa (multiple locations), City of Walnut Creek, and City of Berkeley.
Patrick Bartlett (B. Arch 2000) has been promoted to Associate at ELS Architecture and Urban Design. Patrick joined ELS in 2012. His work includes design and construction administration for Downtown Summerlin near Las Vegas, Nevada, and Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo, California.
Kenneth Loretto (M.S. Arch 1990) has been promoted to Senior Associate at ELS Architecture and Urban Design. Ken joined ELS in 1999. His work includes NewPark Mall in Newark, California; Downtown Summerlin near Las Vegas, Nevada; and Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo, California.
Blue Stratus, by Mario Madayag (B.Arch 1980) in collaboration with New Zealand artist Michael Parekowhai, a public artwork commissioned by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture was named as one of the 50 best public art projects by the Public Art Network Year in Review by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts. The annual Year in Review program recognizes the most exemplary, innovative, permanent or temporary public art works created or debuted in the previous year. The Year in Review awardees were chosen from more than 350 submissions from across the United States. For more details visit the Phoenix Office of Arts And Culture webpage.
Daniel Scovill, (B. Arch 1999), is a partner at Arcsine which made the Fortune 100 list of fastest growing inner-city businesses for 2015 (fortune.com/inner-city-100). Daniel has had a great career from early work at Gensler, to designer for a Gensler off-shoot, to helping found this company. They are grounded in bar/restaurant/hospitality and tracked the growth of Oakland with numerous inner city works.
Dominic Leong's (B. Arch 2001) firm Leong Leong has been selected by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and Thomas Safran & Associates to design the masterplan and architecture for the Center’s new, mixed-use site in Hollywood, California.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s more than 500 employees and 3,000 active volunteers provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, welcoming more than 42,000 client visits each month. To better meet the growing demand for client services, the Center has chosen Leong Leong to design a new 183,700-square-foot facility that—united with an existing facility across the street—will form a unique campus that spans more than a city block and includes 140 units of affordable housing for seniors and young adults, 100 beds for homeless youth, a new senior center, retail space, a new center for homeless youth, and a new administrative headquarters.
Victoria McReynolds' (B.Arch 2004) upcoming project “Light 110”, about measuring light changes across the Americas, has received support from the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art and Texas Tech University College of Architecture. Project field work begins this June in Prince Rupert, Canada and follows the summer south along the Pacific Coast to Ushuaia, Argentina. Below is a project summary. Additional project description, diagrams, and journey itinerary are on the website at www.p-o-r-t.org/light110, and odyssey progress postings on Twitter @LightOdyssey.
"Light 110 is led by the curiosity to see how light changes across 110 degrees latitude difference and how the changing light might reveal new means of understanding place and shaping architecture. Sites for measuring light follow the Pacific Coast Mountain Range, from roughly Prince Rupert, Canada to Ushuaia, Argentina with vertical mountains to the East and horizontal sea to the West. This orientation maintains a geographic consistency with the Pacific Ocean as a platform to stage passing light of the descending sun. Twenty three site lines, spaced every five degrees, evenly divide the latitude length north to south. Both standard equipment and designed instruments are used to measure light. Design instruments take the form of a bowl, rod, and plate which capture, interrupt, and register light changes in the atmosphere. Field documentation will occur through photographs, drawings, measurements, and models. Project outcomes will be in the form of imagery, models, and writing. The project intention is to understand the nuance of natural light patterns across the equator, adapt our design thinking to incorporate these realizations, and develop better tools so architects may intelligently respond to the subtleties of light.
Ms. Pamela Anderson-Brulé (B.Arch 1981) will be inducted into the College of Fellows in the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) at the 2015 National AIA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The College of Fellows was first created in 1889 by the American Institute of Architects and was officially formalized in 1952. This honor is designed to "elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession." Click HERE for more details.
Blake Freitas (B.Arch 2011) and Grace Chen (B.Arch 2012), were awarded an honorable mention in the 2015 eVolo skyscraper competition. Check it out at www.evolo.us/competition/times-squared-3015/#more-33287. They would like to express that they couldn't have done it without CAED and all their professors!
Ken Scofield, RA -(B.Arch 1975) and Mike Krakower, SE - (B.ArchE 1974) were dorm mates in Shasta Hall in our Freshman year. They have kept in contact over the last 40 + years and still work on projects together - this one a seismic/facade upgrade south of downtown Los Angeles. They have both practiced as principals in the LA area and lately have solo practices out of their respective home offices.
David Diamond (B.Arch 1988; M.S. Arch 1989) will be inducted into the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) College of Fellows at the 2015 national convention May in Atlanta, Georgia.
Diamond is an Associate Director and Technical Designer in Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s (SOM). He is recognized as an expert in the integration of building systems and architecture. During his 20-year career he’s worked with civic, technology, and high security corporate and government clients. His extensive portfolio includes the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California; the United States Embassy in Beijing, China; the United States Consulate General in Guangzhou, China; the San Bernardino Justice Center in San Bernardino, California; and the headquarters for Electronic Arts in Redwood City, California.
Induction into the AIA Fellowship program, established in 1952, is one of the highest honors that the organization can bestow upon a member. Election to the College of Fellows not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society. Out of the AIA’s total membership of more than 85,000 people, only 3,200 have received the distinction of Fellowship or Honorary Fellowship.
In addition to his professional achievements, Diamond is committed to sharing his knowledge and expertise with future architects. He generously volunteers his time as a mentor and lecturer to current Cal Poly architecture students. Diamond was instrumental in convincing Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) to develop a combined Co-op +Design Program. This program is an intensive 15 week multi-disciplinary design studio course taught at the SOM offices in San Francisco, California. Teams of undergraduate students from Cal Poly, UC Berkeley and California Center for the Arts work directly with SOM designers and structural engineers on the design and advanced building system integration of a large-scale skyscraper project. “David has had an impact on an entire generation of students and graduates,” said Architecture Professor and SOM Program Coordinator and Professor Thomas Fowler. “He is really a unsung hero of the many award winning SOM projects, that have been constructed over the years.”
Kimberly Ackert (B.Arch 1981) of Ackert Architecture has designed an exhibit for the Museum at the Fashion Institute in NYC called Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the ’70s. Ackert Architecture’s design for the exhibit features three - 20’ x 20’ steel framed platforms set within a completely white space. The multi-tiered and complex platforms weave together both circular and square geometries defined by curved metal mesh curtains and clear plexiglass panels to express both the elegant minimalism of Halston and the dynamic exoticism of Yves Saint Laurent. Click here for the press release.
Kay Radzik Warren (B.Arch 1993) is one of the 100 finalists for the Mars One project, seeking to send the first group of humans to Mars. Kay Radzik Warren, 54, is among those who will move on to Round 3 of the application process. Round 3 candidates will participate in "group challenges that demonstrate their suitability to become one of the first humans on Mars, and will be interviewed," according to the Mars One website. Warren graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in architecture and said she’d make a “great fellow space traveler and a competent colonist” of the red planet. “This is an exciting endeavor; it’s not a possibility, it’s a reality,” she wrote in her introduction on the Mars One website.
Michael L. Woodley (B.Arch 1983) is one of six outstanding leaders in the homebuilding industry that will be inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF) 2015 Hall of Fame on June 23, 2015. According to CHF Executive Director Terri Brunson, inductees are selected based on career success and reputation, industry participation, philanthropy and community involvement. Michael L. Woodley is the President of Woodley Architectural Group, Inc., offices in Santa Ana, CA, and Littleton, CO. Founding the company in 1998, Woodley personally leads his design team, focusing on a hands-on approach and interactive charrette design process. In his more than 30-year career, he was also vice president of architecture for Kaufman & Broad, leading the company’s architecture for all divisions, including France. He was also a design team member for Mission Viejo Company.
Kyu Kim (B.Arch 2008) was appointed by City of Palo Alto City Council to the Architectural Review Board on November 10, 2014 to serve 3 year term.
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