Bruno Giberti

position Professor
Phone 805.756.2254
Office 35-319D

Areas of Expertise

  • Architectural Design
  • History, Theory, and Criticism
  • Quality Improvement in Higher Education
  • Teaching and Learning Theory and Practice


Bruno Giberti worked in architecture and architectural journalism, most notably for the magazine Arts + Architecture, before coming to Cal Poly in 1994 as an architectural historian specializing in topics relating to modernity and the United States. His book, Designing the Centennial: A History of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia (2002) was awarded the Material Culture Award by the University Press of Kentucky.

Professor Giberti has served the University as Chair of the Academic Senate (2006-08), Faculty Director of the University’s WASC self-study (2007-12), and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (2010-12). The self-study, entitled “Our Polytechnic Identity,” resulted in the University's successfully reaffirming its accreditation for the longest possible period of ten years.

He is presently serving as the Faculty Associate for Academic Programs and Planning, where he is responsible for program review and other quality improvement efforts. He provides oversight for the university honors and service learning programs and participates in various academic initiatives relating to student learning and success.


Educational Credentials:

PhD, Architecture, UC Berkeley, CA
MArch, UC Berkeley, CA 
BS in Architecture, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 

Teaching and Administrative Experience:

Faculty Coordinator, Academic Programs and Planning, Cal Poly
Associate Department Head, Architecture Department, Cal Poly 
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Cal Poly 
Special Assistant to the Provost and Faculty Director of WASC Self-Study, Cal Poly 
Associate Department Head, Architecture Department, Cal Poly 
Professor, Architecture Department, Cal Poly 
Associate Professor, Architecture Department, Cal Poly 
Visiting Professor, Washington-Alexandria Architecture Consortium, Alexandria VA 
Assistant Professor, Architecture Department, Cal Poly 
Lecturer, Architecture Department, Cal Poly 

Professional Experience:

Special Consultant General Education Revision Committee California State University, Los Angeles CA
Project Designer, Madison Park Development, Oakland, CA 
Associate Editor, Arts and Architecture, Los Angeles, CA 
Managing Editor and Advertising Manager, LA Architect, Los Angeles, CA 
Intermediate Drafter, Gruen Associates, Los Angeles, CA 


State of California, #C 31683  2008-Present

Professional Memberships:

Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)


Selected Publications and Recent Research:

  • Review of The American Department Store Transformed, 1920-1960 by Richard Longstreth. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 71, no. 3 (September): 425-26. 2012

Selected Presentations:

  • “The Capstone As an Engine Of Integration,” part of “Challenging the Silos: The Institutional Self‐Study As an Engine Of Integration,” joint presentation with Cal State LA, at WASC Academic Resource Conference, San Francisco CA, 6-8 April 2011.
  • “Institutional Sailing Through Rough Waters: Anchoring and Aligning with Institutional Learning Goals,” Institutional presentation as part of session at WASC Academic Resource Conference, Long Beach CA, 21-23 April 2010.
  • “Learn by Doing: Cal Poly’s Signature Pedagogy.” Presentation at New Faculty Orientation, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, 2014

Selected Reports:

  • WASC Interim Report (principle author), Cal Poly, 27 Feb. 2015.
  • “Our Polytechnic Identity in the 21st Century: WASC Educational Effectiveness Review Report” (principle author), Cal Poly, January 2012.
  • “Our Polytechnic Identity in the 21st Century: WASC Capacity and Preparatory Review Report” (principle author), Cal Poly, December 2009.

Selected Grants:

  • “Building New Partnerships for America’s Sacred Places.” Contributor to report. Philadelphia: Partners for Sacred Places, 1996
  • Cultural resources section of environmental impact report for State Office Building, Oakland, CA. Co-author. Oakland: Woodward-Clyde Consultants, 1994
  • "Historic Architectural Survey Technical Report." BART-SFO Extension Project, Draft EIR/Supplemental EIS. Co-author. Oakland: Archaeological/Historical Consultants, 1993
  • "A Historic Resources Evaluation Report of Seven Colma Cemeteries, Colma, California." BART-SFO Extension Project, Draft EIR/Supplemental EIS. Co-author. Oakland: Archaeological/Historical Consultants, 1993
  • "Rooms for a Renaissance: Interior Decoration as Practiced by Arthur and Lucia Mathews at the Furniture Shop, 1906-1920." UC Berkeley. M.Arch. thesis, 1989

Selected Activities:

  • Academic Senate (College Caucus Chair)
  • Kennedy Library Peer Review Committee 
  • Academic Senate Instruction Committee (Provost designee) 
  • General Education Governance Board 
  • Academic Senate (College Caucus Chair)­­ 
  • Faculty Development Council and System-Wide Selection Committee for Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program 

Selected Awards:

  • $5000 Graham Foundation grant to begin architectural survey of work by Wilson Brothers & Co. 2002
  • $5000 State Faculty Support Grant to complete Designing the Centennial. 1999
  • Material Culture Award for manuscript of Designing the Centennial, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington KY. 1999


Updated 10.20.16


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