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Stephen Phillips recently published an article Architecture Industry: The L.A. Ten,” in Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990, edited by Wim de Wit and Christopher Alexander (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, April 2013). The article formatively investigates the cultural, urban, economic, and psychoanalytic relationship between architecture and industry in Los Angeles from the 1970s to the 1990s. The article features the built work of: Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, Michael Rotondi, Coy Howard, Studio Works (Craig Hodgetts and Robert Mangurian), Eric Owen Moss, Franklin Israel, Hodgetts + Fung (Craig Hodgetts and Ming Fung), Wes Jones and Neil Denari. 

Carmen Trudell has been elected an Academic Senator for the 2013-2015 term.

Laura Joines, AIA , had her DOMU line of bathroom products featured in the recent issue of DWELL Bath + Spa. Specifically mentioned was the soap dish which works for ADA compliant bathrooms. To see her designs go to www.domudesign.com.

Laura Joines, AIA, has been appointed as one of the Directors on the Friends of Hearst Castle Board of Directors. This Board supports the conservation and education activities of Hearst Castle.  She has developed a 'Cultural History of Bathrooms' special VIP tour for the Castle, which is in a unique position of having intact and precisely restored bathrooms from 1914-1947.  The immense change in the cultural attitude of Americans towards the bathroom is clearly reflected in the architectural evolution of the rooms on the tour.
The exclusive tour is available by special donation to the Friends of Hearst Castle.  All funds are used to support conservation + educational activities.

Sandy Stannard received a U.S. Green Building Council C4 "Green Innovation" Honorable Mention for her work on a Bishop's Peak Elementary outdoor classroom project. This is an ongoing project for which she received two outside grants to fund the design/construction of an outdoor environmental learning space. She worked (and continues to work) with several 5th year architecture students on this endeavor. They work also in conjunction with the elementary school children, in mini design charrettes and art classes, in order to get them involved in the design aspect. The teachers, children, and parent volunteers use the outdoor classroom for any number of outdoor learning activities, from garden to art, from drama to math. Go to the 2012 C4 Green Awards for more information.

Michael Lucas has been appointed one of five Planning Commissioners for the City of Morro Bay by the City Council. His term will cover 2013-16. He served previously from 2008-10. The Planning Commission reviews projects and recommends policy to the Council. The city of 10,000 is in the process of siting major wastewater treatment facilities, encouraging eco-tourism, and maintaining its commercial and sport fishing capacity.

Michael Lucas will present a paper at the 2013 Far Western Popular/ American Culture Association meeting hosted by UNLV in Las Vegas February 23. His presentation entitled 'The [Continuing] Battle for Cerrito Peak' will examine the myriad issues of public use, endangered species occupation, Native American sacred place, transfer of public rights-of-way, and property rights ensnared within the development of Cerrito Peak, a last dramatic unbuilt hilltop within the city of Morro Bay.

Carmen Trudell and Michael Lucas, as principal authors along with Jim Bagnall, Brent Freeby, JoAnn Moore, Keith Wiley and Greg Wynn as contributors, will have a paper at the 2013 National Conference on the Beginning Design Student in Philadelphia, April 11-13. Their paper, 'Four Week: UFO [I Want to Believe]' looks at the fist weeks of Beginning design and the first transitions from 2D to 3D in a work sequence named Uninhibited Formal Operations [UFO] and the use of the work for the fall 2012 Parents Weekend Exhibition, where the architecture department drew more parent visitors than most of the individual Cal Poly colleges.

Professor Robert Arens was invited by Engineers Without Borders to present hisresearch on rapidly deployed emergency shelters at their West Coast Conference help October 19-21 on the Cal Poly campus. Robert's presentation was titled "Pleats: Taking the Long View on Temporary Shelters for Disaster Relief".

Associate Professor Mark Cabrinha is co-Chair of the upcoming ACADIA 2012 conference, Digital Synthetic Ecologies, October 18-21 in San Francisco.  His work on gridshells with Andrew Kudless, CCA and Matsys, and David Shook, structural engineer at SOM SF, for Smart Geometry 2012 is also featured in the curated exhibit.   More information on the conference can be found here: http://2012.acadia.org.


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