Brent Freeby

Brent Freeby

POSITION Full Time Lecturer
PHONE 805.756.5204
OFFICE 21-125
office hours F23 Thursday 8:00-10:00 am via Zoom by appointment

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-present

Professional Experience:

  • Studio Freeby, Grover Beach, CA, 2018-Present
  • Meyer, Scherer, & Rockcastle, Minneapolis, MN  2014-2015
  • Brent Freeby Design, Grover Beach, CA  2005-2018
  • 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:

  • AIA project of the month, DaVinci Schools Tiny Classroom, 2019
  • DaVinci Schools Learn by Doing STEM summit invited Lecturer / Workshop Leader, 2018
  • Art & Science of Winemaking / Better by Design panelist, 2017
  • 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 09.23.2020

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