Ralph Roesling

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Position Lecturer
Phone 805.756.5080
Fax 805.756.1500
Email rroeslin@calpoly.edu
Office 21-211

Areas of Expertise

Urban Design
Climatic Design
Architectural Theory
Educational Facilities Design


Ralph J. Roesling graduated from Arizona State University’s School of Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture, 1976) and began his professional career in San Diego soon after his graduation. Along with Kotaro Nakamura, he established Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects in 1983 and has been a principal of the firm since its inception. The firm is a thriving practice of 35 professionals with clients in the public and private sectors. With a particular interest in neighborhood revitalization, critical regionalism, climatic design, and urban / historic preservation, his architecture and planning projects have been recognized with more than 40 regional, state, national and international design awards. The firm’s work was the subject of a monograph “Objectives in Practice: the work of Roesling Nakamura Architects” published by L'arca Edizioni, (1999) Italy.

He has been on the faculty of Woodbury University teaching third year design studio from 1999 to 2001 and was the department chair at the NewSchool of Architecture in San Diego from 1990 to 1993 and a professor from 1990 to 1998. Since his graduation, he has divided his time between teaching and practice. At the NewSchool of Architecture, Mr. Roesling was responsible for faculty recruitment and curriculum development. He was a design studio teacher at all the undergraduate levels as well as second year graduate level. At Woodbury San Diego, he was responsible for second year design coordination. Mr. Roesling has lectured at several universities in the United States and abroad in Japan. He was elevated to Fellowship from the American Institute of Architects in 1998 for design, research and teaching excellence.


Educational Credentials:

BArch, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Graduate Studies, Arizona Sate University, Tempe, Arizona 

Teaching Experience:

Part-Time Lecturer, 4th Year Interdisciplinary Studio, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Tall Building Studio, New School of Architecture + Design, San Diego, CA 
Visiting Lecturer/Critic, Kansas State Architecture Program, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy 
Lecturer, Architecture Dept., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 
Adjunct Professor, Woodbury University, San Diego, CA 
Adjunct Faculty, Woodbury University, San Diego, CA 
Professor, New School of Architecture, San Diego, CA 
Visiting Lecturer, School of Architecture, Kansas State University 
Department Chair, Architectural Design, New School of Architecture, San Diego CA 
Associate Professor, New School of Architecture, San Diego, CA 
Instructor, New School of Architecture, San Diego, CA 

Professional Experience:

Principal, RNT Roesling Nakamora Terada Architect, Inc., San Diego, CA
Associate, Innis-Tennebaum Architects, Inc., San Diego, CA 
Purcell & Rule Architects, San Diego, CA 
S.G.P.A. Planning & Architecture, San Diego, CA 
Summer Research Assistant in Solar Technology, Arizona State University 
Wilson Jones & Associates, Scottsdale, AZ 


Licensed in California, C-10987, 1980, Licensed in Arizona, 2010

Professional Memberships:

Fellow, American Institute of Architects, 1998-Present.
Member, American Institute of Architects, 1980-Present.
Member, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 1984-Present;
Advisory Board Member, New School of Architecture, 1991-Present


Selected Publications and Recent Research:

  • Roesling, Ralph. 1998. “Roesling Nakamura Architects, Objectives in Practice”, Monograph, by l’ARCAEDIZIONI
  • Roesling, Ralph. 2015. “Interdisciplinary Synergy” paper accepted for the International Conference on Structures and Architecture (ICSA) 2016 Special Session
  • Workplace environment research sponsored by a confidential private client, with 4th year students from CalPoly San Luis Obispo, 2013

Selected Activities:

  • “Architecture: Performance + Art”, Lecture at University of Stuttgart, Institute Of Architecture and Urban Design, 2015
  • “Recent Work”, Lecture at Graduate School of Architecture, University of Texas, Arlington, TX, 2011
  • “Architectural Inspiration”, Lecture at Kansas State University's Italy Program at Santa Chiara, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy, 2009
  • “Heroes”, Hearst Lecture, Cal Poly College of Architecture, San Luis Obispo, CA, 2009

Selected Awards:

  • AIA San Diego Merit Award, Energy Integration Award, Sage Creek High School, 2015
  • AIA San Diego, Urban Solutions Award, San Dieguito Lagoon Restoration and Interpretive Center, 2014
  • San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchids and Onions Program, People’s Choice Award, La Jolla Shores Life Guard Station, 2014
  • AIA San Diego Merit Award, Commercial Category, La Jolla Shores Lifeguard Station, La Jolla, CA
  • AIA Ventura County, Honor Award in Non Residential Category, Santa Monica Beach Rest Rooms, Santa Monica, 2013
  • AIA Ventura County, Honor Award in Unbuilt Project Category, Ventura Beach + Town (Interstate101 Freeway Capping), 2013
  • AIA California Council Merit Award, James and Rosemary Nix Nature Center, Laguna Canyon, 2009


Updated 09.12.16

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