Kelle Brooks


Position Lecturer
Phone 805.756.5608
Office 21-239
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Areas of Expertise

Design studio
Learning environments
Building and landscape integration
Interior material details 


Educational Credentials:

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute 1992
Masters of Architecture, University of Oregon 1999

Teaching Experience:

Lecturer, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA  2014-Present
Adjunct Lecturer, Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Architecture  2009-2013
Adjunct Lecturer, University of Arizona, Department of Architecture  2003-2007

Professional Experience:

Brooks Clifford Design, San Luis Obispo, CA  2002-Present
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Pittsburgh, PA  2009-2011
Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Boston, MA  2000-2001


Licensed Architect, State of Arizona since 2011
LEED AP since 2009


Selected Activities:

  • Green Schoolyards National Covid-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative
    • Outdoor Classroom Infrastructure Working Group Member, 2020
  • Outdoor Learning Environments: Design and Master Planning, 2015-present
    • ​​​​​​​Teach Elementary School, Laguna Middle School, San Luis Obispo and Rice Elementary School, Santa Maria.
  • Outdoor Learning Prototypes Design and Research 2015-present
    • ​​​​​​​Ongoing work for exhibit and publication. In partnership with Student researchers.
  • Collaborative Design Workshops with elementary students and architecture students
    • Cal Poly 2nd year architecture students at region elementary schools 2015-18
    • Carnegie Mellon 3rd year architecture students with Environmental Charter School, Pittsburgh, PA, 2012-14
  • National Conference on the Beginning Design Student 2016
    • ​​​​​​​Tiny TED talk: “Small steps bring about big ideas”
  • “SMART Tiles,” Exhibit on Adaptive Architecture, CAED 2018.
    • ​​​​​​​Recent work from AIA Upjohn grant (with Dale Clifford)
  • Upjohn Research Initiative Grant (Co-PI) 2016-18
    • ​​​​​​​American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C. Novel Application of Shape Memory Polymers for Adaptive Building Envelopes. Collaboration with Dale Clifford
  • AIA Emerging Architects Exhibit, Washington DC. 2014
    • ​​​​​​​Selected to exhibit recent work from national search, Bio-Logic Design Group

Selected awards/ grants

  • Universal Traveler Award, CAED Cal Poly 2020
    • ​​​​​​​Interactive Learning Environments in Denmark, a case study of contemporary schools
  • Poly Community Service Award, Service Learning- Faculty 2018
    • ​​​​​​​Project: Rice Elementary School garden and outdoor classroom
  • BEACoN Research Mentorship Award, Cal Poly (funded student research) 2019 
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Research topic: Outdoor Learning Environments Student: Aleksa Salve
  • Coalition for Adequate School Housing Student Design Competition, State of California
    • Honorable Mention Award winners: Cal Poly Architecture Students: Aleksa Salve and Brian Chan. Instructor, Kelle Brooks in ARCH 253, 2017
    • Award winners: Cal Poly Architecture Students: Tyler Heitkamp and Scott Lindquist. Instructor, Kelle Brooks in ARCH 253, 2015


updated 09.10.2020

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