Brent Freeby

Brent Freeby

Position Full Time Lecturer
Phone 805.756.5204
Office 21-125
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Areas of Expertise

  • Beginning design
  • Digital methods
  • Fabrication and materials
  • Design/build integration


Brent Freeby is a full-time lecturer in architecture in the college of architecture and environmental design and a local practicing architect. He has practiced in several locales on a wide range of projects and has taught extensively throughout the curriculum at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. In 2014, Brent was named to the prestigious list of design intelligence’s 30 most admired educators in the nation. He has been recognized and published for both his professional practice and teaching work.


Educational Credentials:

Bachelor of Architecture, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo  2000

Teaching Experience:

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo  2002-2014
University of Minnesota  2015
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo  2015

Professional Experience:

Meyer, Scherer, & Rockcastle, Minneapolis, MN  2014-2015
Brent Freeby Design, Grover Beach, CA  2005-present
MW Architecture, San Luis Obispo, CA  2003-2005
Pults & Associates, San Luis Obispo, CA  2001-2003
Mancini Duffy, San Francisco, CA  2000-2001
Arcanum Architecture, San Francisco, CA  1999
Jay Farbstein & Associates, San Luis Obispo, CA  1997-2000


Licensed Architect, California


Selected Publications and Recent Research:

  • Beginning Design Student Publication, Power[tools]: paraSITE’s Progress, 2011

Selected Awards:

  • Profile in Architecture, Concrete and Masonry Association of California and Nevada, 2014
  • Design Intelligence 30 Most Admired Educators for 2014
  • Outstanding Learning Community Partner, University Housing, 2014
  • Published paper, Beginning Design Student Conference, 2011
  • Invited guest critic, Santa Barbara Architecture Design Competition, 2007
  • Disability Resource Center, Cal Poly, Faculty of the Year Award, 2006
  • City of San Luis Obispo Beautification Award, 2004
  • City of San Luis Obispo Beautification Award, 2003
  • City of San Luis Obispo Beautification Award, 2002


Updated 04.05.16

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