Richard Schmidt


Position Lecturer
Phone 805.756.2074
Office 34-245
Office Hours TR 1:00-2:00pm


I grew up in the Midwest, went to college on the east coast and have lived most of my life in California. I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in history and worked for ten years as a journalist before turning to architecture. When I went to architecture school, I envisioned a life-long office practice, and never dreamed I’d become a teacher; life happens. I started teaching at Cal Poly in 1986. I’ve taught first and second year architecture classes and architectural history, and also taught second and third year classes in the CRP department. I believe public service is important, and have served on many volunteer city and civic committees for more than 20 years, including eight as a city-planning commissioner.


B.Arch Cal Poly

MA Washington University

B.A Haverford College

Teaching Experience

Lecturer, Architecture Department, since 1986. In the Architecture Department, Richard has taught architectural history, graphic communication, and second year design and practice. For a decade, he developed, and taught, a holistic architectural design course sequence for ARCE majors. He has also taught first, second and third year graphics and design courses in the City and Regional Planning department. Previous college-level teaching was at Washington University and Cuesta College. He has also taught courses in California architectural history to Elderhostel students.


Licensed Architect in California

updated 08.07.14

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