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2011 Design Awards Gala Banquet

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Student Design Award: Russell Hilken for his project " Necropolis: the Living Cemetery
Built Work Citation: Garcia Architecture + Design for their project "Fierro Hair Salon
Built Work Merit: M:OME (Tom di Santo and Laura Joines) with Garcia Architecture + Design for their project " Hale Residence
Built Work Honor: Garcia Architecture + Design for their project "Meze Wine Cafe & Market
Posted: 06.12.11

Architecture Graduation Class of 2011 VIEW IMAGES

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The Architecture Department initiated a social celebrating this year’s graduating students. All graduating students, their family, and faculty members were invited to a pre-graduation celebration on Friday, June 10, 2011 between 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Berg Gallery.

Posted: 06.10.11

2011 Thesis Show at the Chumash Auditorium 

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Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design is proud to present the 2011 edition of the 8th annual fifth year architecture thesis show.

The show is an exhibition and celebration of year long thesis projects and furniture designs completed by graduating architecture students as the culmination of their undergraduate studies. The Architecture Department invites you to join us in this celebration.

This year's Thesis show will take place at the Cal Poly 5th year Architecture Show on Saturday, May 28, 2011 in the Chumash Auditorium located on the second floor of the Julian A. McPhee University Union.

Opening reception takes place on Saturday, May 28, 3-9pm. Auditorium open May 29 & May 30, 10am-3pm.

Posted: 05.24.11

Symposium Event: Innovative Schools for the New Millennium

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Join us on May 20 for an educational symposium featuring experts in educational theory and practice, school planning and design, sustainable and high performance learning environments and the policy and financing of California's K-12 schools. Topics for review include the influences that school-building history and the shifting needs of education have had on architecture and learning. Communities and school officials are methodically crafting educational environments that respond to competing demands for "high performance" schools.

This symposium brings together architects, designers, consultants, school officials and educators dedicated to creating great schools for the new millennium. Their perspectives and animated discussion will guide us in our understanding of where education and school designs may be headed, and serve as catalysts for our faculty and students to take on the subject of school planning, design, and construction in future studios of our college.

The event takes place in the newly completed Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab with four two-hour sessions and is free to the public.

This Program is made possible thanks to the financial support of the following:

Lead Sponsor: Parsons Corporation Additional Support (as of May 2, 2011): Herbst Foundation, Van Pelt Construction, The Seville Group Inc., CAED Hearst Lecture Series Fund, CAED Planning, Design, and Construction Institute, CAED Dean’s Office

Posted: 05.04.11

Panel Discussion, Reception and Tour of Central Los Angeles High School

Please join us on Thursday, May 5, 2011: 6-9pm for a moderated panel discussion, reception, and tour celebrating the design and construction of Central Los Angeles High School #9 - School of Visual and Performing Arts - with Karolin Schmidbaur of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Gary Gidcumb of HMC, Katherine Harrison of High School #9, Terry Tsang of TMAD Taylor & Gaines, Todd Whitehouse of PCL, and LAUSD construction manager Moty Eisenberg alongside Professor Stephen Phillips, Director of the Cal Poly LA Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design.

Hosted by the Architecture Department, College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED), California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo.

Free and open to Cal Poly alumni, students, faculty, invited guests, and the general public.

When: Thursday, May 5, 2011 between 6-9pm
Where: Central Los Angeles Hight School #9, 450 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Web page: http://central-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com
For more information, please visit Program (to be posted shortly)
RSVP to: architecture@calpoly.edu

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Posted: 04.17.11

Faculty Watercolor Show

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Please join Professor Tom di Santo at the recently completed Contraband Caffé Gallery (by M:oME) this Saturday, April 9, 2011. Reception takes place on Saturday at 6pm. The paintings will be up until Saturday 7 May, 2011.

The exhibit will include 31 framed and unframed architectural watercolour sketches and seasonal abstracts.

Posted: 04.06.11

Portfolio Workshop April 3rd-7th

Join Bryan Ridley, Cal Poly Architecture Department lecturer and local practitioner for a FREE five night workshop, April 3-7, 2011. Berg Gallery, 7-10pm. Space is limited, contact dodds@calpoly.edu with your interest.

Posted: 03.26.11

IDP Presentation & Informational Meeting

Northern California IDP Representative Haley Gipe (B.Arch 06) will be on campus on Monday, April 4, 2011 at 6:00pm. Be informed, Be Aware and don't forget to Be There!
Hosted by AIAS

Posted: 03.26.11

Two winners of the AIAS/VINYL competition

Evan Collins and Luke Durkin were recognized at the in the AIAS/VINYL Institute 2015 Pan American Games Award Pavilion student design competition.

Posted: 03.21.11

Street Furniture Competition Finalists

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Cal Poly Architecture Students Nathan Kiatkulpiboone, Emily Ho, Nic Pappas and Karen Wang submission to the Architecture for Humanity Chicago, was a finalist in the Street Furniture Compeition. Their project Swarmbrella was a green canopy that redefines the function of umbrellas. Congratulations Nathan, Emily, Nic & Karen!

Posted: 03.11.11

Professor Daniel Lee Panetta (1952-2011)

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We have been informed of the sad news that our dear friend, alum and colleague, Daniel LeePanetta, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2011. Dan made enormous contributions in his 25 years of service as Professor of Architecture. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Information regarding any memorial services will be forwarded as soon as it is known.

To share your thoughts and memories, please email the Architecture Department at architecture@calpoly.edu. We thank you for sharing your contributions in celebration of Dan's life. 

A memorial to celebrate Dan's life will be held Saturday, March 19 at 11am in the Building 3 - Room 213. All are welcome to attend and then join friends and family at a reception immediately following the service in the Berg Gallery, Bldg 5.

Posted: 03.18.11

3rd Year Super Review Winners

This annual event has been successful in allowing third year students to obtain a holistic view about the work that is happening across the entire third year in a formal jury setting with outside reviewers. It provides the opportunity for students to articulate their ideas, respond to criticism, and develop leadership qualities during the oral and visual presentation of their work. Each third year faculty selected three students of their design studio who will presented their work during the Best of Show Review. Congratulations to all who participated!
David Spittler (Fowler Studio)
Melissa Peter (Neveu Studio)
Linsey Wood (Fowler Studio)
Brandon Sampson (Cabrinha Studio)
Olivia Calalo (Fowler Studio)
Jie Liang (Yin Studio)

Posted: 03.01.11

Help raise money for AIAS

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 2, 2011, between noon and 8:00pm, the AIAS has organized that if you purchase food and drinks at Panda at the Foothill & Broad location, 20% of your purchase will be donated to the AIAS. Please find flyers that you will need when making your order. I will set an invitation on Facebook! This is a wonderful opportunity to support the AIAS and Bon Appétit!

Posted: 03.01.11

2010 Vellum Exhibition presented at Design Within Reach, Santa Barbara, CA

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Come support your students and view the winning pieces at the DWR Studio on State Street. In partnership with the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) at California Polytechnic State University,  Design Within Reach (DWR) Santa Barbara will showcase the winning pieces of the 7th Annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Design Exhibition. The design-build furniture, including tables, chairs, light fixtures and other furniture design solutions, must be original and fabricated by the students themselves or as a team. Tom Di Santo, Associate Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly, will discuss the competition. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served.

When: Thursday, March 3, 6:30-8pm
Where: DWR Santa Barbara Studio 607 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Phone: 805.564.1971

Posted: 2.27.11

"Best of Show" Super Review

The fifth iteration of the third year "Best of Show" will take place on Friday, March 11, 2011, between 8:30am - 6:00pm in 21-105A (Engineering West Gallery).

Invited guest jurors for this event will include Adriana Cuellar, Karen Lohrmann, Marcel Sanchez, and Enrico Como. CV to be provided shortly.

Posted: 2.16.11

Innovations in Educational Facilities Symposium

This symposium scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2011 and co-sponsored by the Hearst Lecture series, will bring together architects, planners, school officials, school funders,and educators in a series of case study presentations and dialogues focused on what makes a great K-12 learning environment. The focus will be on projects that illuminate how innovative educational theory and inspired teachers and school officials combine with creative architects and state school officials to produce high performance schools.

The presenters will also discuss the legacy of past failed theories and imperfect design ideas, the challenges of work in California, and the strong influence of parents and community groups to shape school planning. The presentations will look at a wide range of facility prototypes, from urban constrained sites to complex large campus mixed use projects, and from renovations, to all new construction.

Posted: 2.15.11

Professor Monica Rossi to join the Architecture Department

Professor Monica Rossi will be joining the Architecture Department for the Spring 2011 quarter. Monica currently teaches at the Eduardo Vittoria School of Architeture and Design, University of Camerino, Ascoli Piceno, Italy, and will be assisting the Department in the second year design sequence, ARCH 253.

We are happy to announce that the Cal Poly AIAS and the FSTOP room will be featured in AIAS' Crit Magazine to be distributed this coming spring. AIAS Cal Poly over the years has helped bring together the Architecture community on campus through a variety of classes, workshops, speaking engagements and trips.

As we know we have some of the most talented Architecture Students in the country who strive to help create a more wholesome way of life through the built environment. In the last two years Mark Cabrhina's 3rd year studio along with the help of the CAED, the Architecture Department and CBF revived and brought back to life the FSTOP room.

FSTOP is the perfect example of student work, which presents our "Learn by Doing" mission statement. In turn AIAS National would like to highlight the progress they have made as an organization on campus and the newly redone FSTOP as the Architectural heartbeat on campus, which will inevitably create a more social community amongst students. Congratulations AIAS! 

Posted: 1.28.11

CNN Features Cal Poly Students Work

We are proud to announce that two Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Architecture students, Brian Harms and Keith Bradley, have been featured on the CNN Tech web page. Their innovative design "International Lunar Sports Stadium" captured the judges attention. Event judge Madhu Thangavelu, of the University of Southern California, noted "This was my favorite".

Congratulations Keith and Brian for all your hard work!

Intern Development Program (IDP)

The IDP program which most American architects need to complete in order to present themselves for the registration exam, has changes as of July 1, 2009. Haley Gipe (B.Arch 2007) has provided us with a summary of those important changes.

Universal Design Workshop: 2/15-2/17/2011

"We have only two choices in dealing with our surroundings; we can accommodate our behaviors to respond to the environment or we can accommodate the environment to respond to our behaviors. The choice is ours!"  Professor Emeritus Paul Wolff of the Architecture Department will lead a three night workshop on UNIVERSAL DESIGN and HUMAN BEHAVIOR.

NAAB Visiting Team Visit: 2/12/11 - 2/16/11

During the 2011 Winter quarter, a Visiting Team of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) will be on campus to review the Architecture Department as part of the 2010 Procedures for Accreditation. For continuous updated information, visit the Department's NAAB web page. 
Posted: 2.08.11

Additional 4th Year on campus Spring class offerings

The Department of Architecture, with the generous assistance of the Landscape Architecture and City and Regional Planning Departments, is pleased to offer the following Additional Class Offerings. 

Posted: 2.09.11

Tom Fowler Named 2010-11 ACSA Distinguished Professor

We are delighted to inform you that the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has recognized Professor Tom Fowler with the 2010-2011 ACSA Distinguished Professor Award.

Each year, the ACSA honors an outstanding individual who has sustained creative achievement in the advancement of architectural education through teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service. This year, they received a number of nominations and the competition was rigorous for the four award winners. Congratulations Tom!

Posted: 1.27.11

Tenure Track Faculty Recruitment

The Architecture Department is pleased to have 11 Tenure Track Faculty candidates visiting the Cal Poly campus during the months of January, February and March. Among other activities, each Tenure Track Faculty candidate will make a presentation of their work. All students and faculty are invited and encouraged to attend.

For candidate visit itineraries and more information go to the Tenure Track Faculty Recruitment web page. 

Posted: 1.18.11

Mel Ferris Scholarship Competition 1/27/11

We are pleased to confirm that Scott Gaudineer will be on campus on Thursday, January 27, 2011 between 9am and 11am in 21-105B to present the Mel Ferris competition. As an alumnus and member of the Board of Trustees of the California Architectural Foundation (CAF), Scott is committed in seeing many students apply to this prestigious competition and of course WIN.

I invite you not only to compete – each year Cal Poly SLO has won some of the prestigious awards - but to drop by to hear Scott’s presentation. I do not anticipate that the presentation will take two hours. Last year, Scott spoke several times about the same content to assure that we could accommodate the students’ schedule.

Posted: 1.18.11

Shop hours for Winter quarter 2011

We have good news to report for Support Shop Technician Royce Chow and his wife…their new baby is expected soon! Royce will be taking a 6-week leave and we have arranged to have Bart Alford “ fill in “ while Royce is away. As a part of the extended CAED family, Bart was our former Support Shop Supervisor and we are very pleased he is able to return and assist us as a retired annuitant during this time.

With Bart’s help, the intention is to maintain extended student access hours to the Support Shop during this period. The times the Support Shop will be available for student projects is shown below. Please communicate this information to all staff and faculty in you respective areas to assist in their course planning with regard to utilizing the Support Shop for the remainder of the quarter.

Open Shop Hours Beginning January 24              

Student Project Access:     
Mondays 1pm-4pm
Tuesdays 9am-9pm
Wednesday 9am-9pm
Thursdays 9am-9pm
Fridays 9am-4pm
Saturdays 11am-7pm  

Exceptions due to staffing:
Wednesday, February 2nd: 9am-4pm
Thursday, February 3rd: 9am-4pm
Saturday, February 5th: closed
Tuesday February 8th: 9am-4pm

LA Metro Program - Fourth Year Off Campus Opportunity

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Professor Stephen Phillips will be conducting a two quarter long fourth year design studio during Winter and Spring quarter 2012. For additional information, please visit the off-campus LA Metro Program web page.

Matsys Grasshopper Workshop: February 18-19, 2011

Andrew Kudless of Matsys and Assistant Professor at CCA and founder of CCA's mLab will be hosting a two-day intermediate to advanced Grasshopper workshop all day on Friday and Saturday. Form-finding techniques in Kangaroo will be developed in Grasshopper, from which panelization approaches will be developed, to then flattening and labeling for fabrication completing a cycle of design development from form-finding to cut-files for fabrication. Space is available for about 40 students. To attend the workshop, you must commit to attending all day Friday and Saturday. (Time to be finalized, but likely around 10am - 6pm on Friday, and 10am - 4 or 5pm on Saturday). Attendees should have prior experience with Grasshopper. Due to expected demand, students will be accepted into the workshop based on interest / experience. Please Apply / RSVP to Mark Cabrinha (mcabrinh@calpoly.edu) ASAP with a 2-3 statement of interest including your experience with Grasshopper. Please place in the email subject line: Matsys GH Registration.

Posted: 8.4.11

Study 25-35 Hours per Week

The Architecture Department supports the "Study 25-35 Hours per Week" Program. Good study habits are the foundation of a successful career at Cal Poly.

Posted: 11.20.10

Maya Workshop

On Saturday November 20 from 9am to 5pm in the Berg Gallery there will be a Maya Workshop run by David Stamatis of Emergent and Clayton Taylor of UCLA Suprastudio. If you are interested to participate, please be on time and have Maya 2009, 2010, or 2011 installed and running on your computer. Please also have the rendering plug-in Maxwell 2 installed and running on your computer. Free Trial Software is available from Autodesk online. Please contact Stephen Phillips or Mark Cabrinha if you have questions or concerns.

When: Saturday, November 20, from 9am-5pm 
Where: The Berg Gallery - Bldg. 5 - Room 105 

Posted: 11.05.10

Green Gravity Volume II NEW

Green Gravity is an open platform supporting insight and creativity in this growing Sustainable Revolution. It exists to provide an environment for university & community collaborations, networking, and overall enlightenment. If you are interested in learning more or wish to present your vision towards an equitable, ecological, and economically feasible future, contact Karen Douglas.

Friday, November 19, 2010, 2033 Santa Barbara Avenue, San Luis Obispo. Meal at 6pm. Presentations at 7. Music at 9pm 

Posted: 10.29.10

2011 Gerald D. Hines competition

The ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, now in its eighth year, offers graduate-level students the opportunity to form their own multidisciplinary teams and engage in a challenging exercise in responsible land use. This is a unique opportunity to work collaboratively with CRP and Business students, hone your skills, and create a great project for your portfolio.

For additional information, go to the 2011 Gerald D. Hines Competition web site,. and/or contact Professor Umut Toker (Assistant Professor in CRP) with your interest in participating in this competition by Friday, November 10, 2010. Students in fifth year are eligible to participate. 

Posted: 10.29.10

Dr. Don Choi Lectures on Japanese Architecture

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Professor Don Choi will present a lecture titled "Deconstructing Japanese Architecture" on Thursday, November 4, 2010 11:00 to 12:noon Bldg. 186, Room C-103. Don's lecture is part of the Asian Studies Lecture Series presented by the Asian Studies Minor. Don is currently writing a book that addresses major themes of architecture in modern Japan form 1850 to the present.

Posted: 10.25.10

2010 Vellum Exhibition

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The 7th iteration of the Vellum Competition/Exhibition of furniture designed and constructed by CAED students will be on display the 28 to 30 of October, 2010 at 848 Monterey Street near Mission Plaza (between Chorro and Morro). -The Old Pier One Space and the site of Second and Third Annual Vellum Competitions.

Posted: 10.25.10

Portfolio Workshop: Professor Emeritus Gary Dwyer

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A Portfolio Workshop (five nights) will be offered by Professor Emeritus Gary Dwyer between Sunday, November 7 and Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7-10pm, Room 308. This is a unique occasion to learn how to present your work and much more from someone who knows what he is taking about.

Please register your interest with Arlene Gomez if you wish to attend this workshop. A one (1) unit will be offered to students who attend all five sessions (class attendance will be taken). Actual registration will happen after December 4, 2010 for ARCH 400 with faculty's confirmed roster of attendance.

Space is limited and available on a first come first serve basis. For additional information, please  contact Professor Gary Dwyer. This event was such a success two years ago that we are pleased to offer this workshop again this year. You will be superbly prepared to design a great portfolio.

Class size limited to 29 students. 

Posted: 10.01.10

Visual Acoustics: Film about Julius Shulman

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In commemoration of Julius Shulman's contribution to architecture on the eve of (what would have been) his 100th birthday, the Architecture Department will present to all CAED members the film VISUAL ACOUSTICS: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (a documentary film by Eric Bricker and narrated by Dustin Hoffman).

CAED Berg Gallery on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 6:00pm 

Posted: 09.27.10

2010 Vellum Competition Announcement

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The 7th iteration of the Vellum Competition is announced. For additional information and to download the application form, go to Vellum 2010.

To purchase Vellum_5: Five Years of the Vellum Furniture Competition, a publication that documents and displays the history of the furniture competition, go to Vellum_5 

Posted: 09.27.10

Fowler Studio: Selected Student Design Studio Work 2008-2010

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This book contains architecture projects by students in professor and architect Thomas Fowler's third year design studio as well as select work of his fourth and fifth year students.

The publication is part of the Architectural Environmental Design Press (AeDPress), and can be purchased at the Fowler Studio web page (457 pages, square, full-color, paperback). 

Posted: 09.27.10

2007-2010 Design Collaboratory, (Fall 2010)

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This book traces the work of the Design Collaboratory endeavors of Professors Thomas Fowler, Mark Cabrinha, Jim Doerfler, and Kevin Dong of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA.

The publication is part of the Architectural Environmental Design Press (AeDPress), and can be purchased at the Design Collaboratory web page (215 pages, square, full-color, paperback). 

Posted: 09.03.10

2010 Week Of Welcome

All new freshmen and transfer architecture students are invited to take part in the WOW program and join the department's WOW event:
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Architecture Building, Dexter lawn and staircourt

For Cal Poly's WOW week schedule, go to to WOW 2010, and meet Cal Poly graduates Haley Gipe (B.Arch '06) and Tim Alatorre (B.Arch '06) of sloArch who will be on campus Saturday during WOW week! 

Posted: 09.03.10

Studio Ambition

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Studio Ambition comprises a series of intellectual design projects produced at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo between 2006 and 2009 under the direction of architect, educator, and scholar Dr. Stephen Phillips, AIA. This book is an elaborate and thoughtful demonstration and guide to architecture design and its education--for students, faculty, and contemporary architects.

This publication is part of the Architectural Environmental Design Press (AeDPress), and is available for purchased on StudioAmbition (color, paperback).


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