4th Year

Design Studio Offerings

The fourth-year design faculty is looking forward to working with you and anticipates an exciting, creative, productive, and successful year. The table provides an overview of the faculty members who will be teaching during the coming academic year. This is followed by information on the faculty members and the studios that they will be teaching. The information will be updated each quarter.

Thank you,
4th year Coordinator
Prof. Jonathan Reich


If you are planning to remain on campus for your fourth year and you have difficulty registering for any major or support course, contact the Architecture Department right away for advice and assistance. If all design studios are full, go to the Current Students page and fill out the Design Course Request Form.

The following teaching assignments are contingent on budget, quarterly budget adjustments, student enrollment, and space availability.

Click on the faculty name below to link to their Faculty Directory webpage. 

Class & Section #

ARCH 451

Fall 2018: 

ARCH 452

Winter 2019: 

ARCH 453

Spring 2019: 

02 Jennifer Shields Clare Olsen TBD
03 Jonathan Reich Jonathan Reich Jonathan Reich


Off-campus programs Off-campus programs Off-campus programs

Course Descriptions

ARCH 452-02

Next quarter in ARCH 452-02, Clare Olsen will co-teach with Ed Saliklis, ARCE professor, an interdisciplinary design studio focused on shell structures. The design and skill-enhancing studio will incorporate tutorials on digital form-finding and analysis to create dynamic, fully integrated shell forms. Designs will be co-developed from start to finish, incorporating considerations about site and context, sustainability, material efficiency, and constructability. The schedule involves about three weeks for design development, three weeks for analysis and design refinement and three weeks for construction of a large-scale model in the high bay concrete lab. Interested students are welcome to sign up directly or contact Clare at clolsen@calpoly.edu with questions.

Elective Offerings

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Class & Section # Fall 2018:  Winter 2019:  Spring 2019: 
ARCH 462-03  

Jeff Ponitz

ARCH 473-01 Mark Cabrinha

Dale Clifford

Emily White

Course Descriptions

ARCH 462-03

This course explores the design, fabrication, and performance of zero-waste surfaces. Students will manipulate sheet material to develop self-supporting volumetric surfaces that produce zero material waste, using digital design and manufacturing tools in combination with simple geometric principles. Students will construct architectural prototypes for interior and exterior applications, focusing on performance criteria such as daylighting and acoustics.

ARCH 473-01

Spring 2019: Architecture Professor Emily White will be offering a new course that explores material and scalar relationships through the study of bonded (glued) sheet metal seams in structural skins. Building on precedents from automotive and aircraft industries, students will become familiar with the construction of sheet metal seams at various scales and work with custom digital-to-physical translation tools to construct models, prototypes and a large-scale project testing the applicability of adhesives to structural skins. Students should be comfortable modeling in Rhino. Experience using Grasshopper will be beneficial, but is not required.  Some materials will be provided.  This 4 unit class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:10-2pm.


General information

For assistance with using the Curriculum Flowchart, please contact the Architecture department.


Updated 02.05.19

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