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CAED Alumni & Friends Celebrate Architecture's 50th Anniversary, No. 1 Nat'l Ranking, and College of Fellows Inductees, during AIA Convention

thursday • June 26, 2014
CHicago, illinois

College of Architecture & Environmental Design Dean Christine Theodoropoulos and Architecture Department Head Margot McDonald invite CAED alumni and friends to a reception to celebrate the Cal Poly Architecture program's 50th Anniversary, #1 ranking, and those alumni being inducted into the AIA College of Fellows.

The event is Thursday, June 26, 2014, from 6:30-9:30pm. Remarks are at 7:15pm by the structural engineer of record of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, Nancy Hamilton, a Cal Poly Architectural Engineering (ARCE '81) alumna.

Students Exhibit Work: 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago

thursday-Saturday • June 26-28, 2014
CHicago, illinois

Outreach activities at the Advanced Technology Studio of Enclos focus on engagement with relevant academic programs including a recent collaboration with the Architecture Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, that involved a two-quarter seminar led by Associate Professor Mark Cabrinha and Assistant Professor Jeff Ponitz. For the seminar’s final project, five student teams presented projects with a single requirement: to develop a concept and process for a unitized fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) facade system.

Since then, students have further refined their original panelized, grid, cylindrical, and tessellated FRP concepts with input from designers and engineers at the Advanced Technology Studio of Enclos. The work has increasingly attracted interest, and Professors Cabrinha and Ponitz have been busy presenting projects nationally and internationally throughout 2014. Their efforts will culminate with seven students exhibiting their concepts at the AIA National Convention from June 26-28, 2014. Enclos has stepped up with a contribution to support the travel expenses of these seven students, who along with their professors, will be in attendance at the exhibit.

Final Thesis Show: Spring 2014

Saturday-SUNDAY • May 24-25, 2014

Last Call
Cal Poly 5th Year Architecture Thesis Show
24 May – 2:30pm Opening Ceremony
                3:00pm - 7:00pm Reception
25 May – 10:00am- 5:00pm  Exhibition

Chumash Auditorium • University Union • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California

Since 2004, The fifth-year Cal Poly architecture students have come together at the end of each academic year to showcase their senior thesis design projects in a public exhibition.

Last Call is Cal Poly's 11th installment of this thesis exhibition, which showcases the culmination of a year of intensive architectural research and design work by the graduating seniors in the Architecture Department. Unique to this year's exhibition, the entirety of the show has been organized and planned by the Fifth-Year Student Committee. This committee of student delegates was formed to bolster the collective 5th year experience as well as to promote awareness for the ongoing work of the respective thesis studios. Additionally, Last Call will be the first thesis show to exhibit the work of students who have benefited from Cal Poly's revised freshman architecture curriculum, which was implemented in 2009.

This show celebrates the passion that each student has for design and serves as a pinnacle moment in summing up their Cal Poly experience as architecture students. Last Call will feature the works of 6 independent thesis studios, with theses projects that engage a wide range of architectural issues, including urban design and planning, community design, housing, industrial and furniture design, sustainability, and architectural theory.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Portfolio and Resume Review Workshop

May 14-15, 2014, KTGY Gallery, 5:00-7:00pm

APX, CBF, AIAS, and CSI are hosting a portfolio and resume review workshop for all architecture majors at cal poly. The event will be in the KTGY gallery this Wednesday and Thursday from 5-7pm. The students will have the chance to talk with an experienced professor about their portfolio and resume. 

Construction Materials Expo Presented by Cal Poly CSI: Forum 2014

April 17, 2014, Berg gallery, 12:00-5:00 pm

The Cal Poly student chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute is hosting a free expo showcasing innovative and environmentally friendly construction materials on Thursday in Berg Gallery. Stop by for a chance to win in an hourly raffle.

The expo and raffle will be held from 12-4 pm and invited guest John Guill will be speaking from 4-5 pm. 

Forum is open to the public and all CAED students are encouraged to attend. 

cal poly career fair

Recruitment Event: Meet the Firms

April 10, 2014, PAC Lobby, bldg 6, 5:30-7:00 pm

This is an opportunity to meet face to face and connect with design firms who are interested in meeting architecture, landscape architecture and planning students. These firms will be seeking applicants for summer jobs, internships and career positions. Bring your resume and portfolio and dress professionally. 

Maximize your event attendance by researching participating employers in advance. Access online employer profiles through MustangJobs to view available positions, majors recruited, key stats, and more. Using MustangJobs submit your resume to attending employers with a click. Navigate your way to event success with an employer list in hand! Login to print a list of attending employers, available positions, and more at my.calpoly.edu. 

As mentioned before, additional information about the employers and positions can be found on MustangJobs. Please note that students do not need to apply for these positions in advance.

New Spring Quarter ARCH 480 Course - Keeping it Cool (with Solar)!

MAR 17, 2014

Meet with Professors Barry Williams and Ansgar Killing at 1pm on Monday, March 17th in 05-106 (classroom next to Berg Gallery), to learn about a unique hands-on learning opportunity!  The instructors are looking for 8-12 CAED students to work with them on designing building, and testing a solar heating and cooling system for a university space.

To learn more, stop by the INFO-Meeting.

NOV 26, 2013

Faculty member Brent Freeby's recently completed Grace Bible Church Youth and Family Building in Arroyo Grande was featured in the October 2013 issue of  “CMU Profiles in Architecture" sponsored by the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada. The quarterly publication included images of the project photographed by CAED's Joseph Kasperovich, Kasperovich Architectural Photography. 


Professor Brent Freeby Awarded One of Thirty Most Admired Educators of 2014

NOV 20, 2013

Faculty member Brent Freeby was recognized by DesignIntelligence this year as one of thirty exceptional educators in the nation. The announcement states, "An honest and challenging professor, Brent Freeby is known for his critical feedback and 'tough love' ways. His students praise him for his support and knowledge. He strives to see his students succeed, and pushes them to grow and learn at a high level." Prof. Freeby has taught at Cal Poly for thirteen years. More information about the award can be found at DesignIntelligence. 

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New Faculty Search Opens

NOV 14, 2013

The Architecture Department is pleased to announce the beginning of a faculty search. Because of the strong growth in programs, increasing student enrollment, and emerging curricular areas several positions are now available.  Faculty candidates are asked to submit their application materials for consideration by the review date of January 6, 2014. To apply, visit calpolyjobs.org (requisition #103070).


DesignIntellingence Ranks the Undergraduate Architecture Program #1 in the Country

NOV 4, 2013

We are delighted to announce that DesignIntelligence ranks Cal Poly San Luis Obispo the #1 undergraduate architecture program in the country. Greenway Group surveyed 693 professional practices, a 250% increase from the firms responding last year. To read more about the rankings, please see the DesignIntelligence announcement or the article in Architectural Record. 

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aug 9, 2013

Professor Margot McDonald, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C, has been named Interim Department Head of the Architecture Department.

As a Masters in Architecture graduate from the University of Oregon and a licensed architect, Prof. McDonald has emphasized teaching students about building energy performance and sustainable design for more than two decades. She has been a professor of architecture at Cal Poly since 1992, and previously served as interim head of the architecture department in 2002-03.

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Cal Poly Architecture students produce film in collaboration with Gensler Los Angeles

AUG 9, 2013

Cal Poly Architecture students, Haley Couglin, Derek McFarland, Katherine Quach produced a short film and research study, “CAPACITY”, which screened at the 5th annual Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles on July 15. The students are part of the SLO_Gen architecture studio, a collaboration between Gensler Los Angeles and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

CAPACITY explores the inter-relationships of downtown Los Angeles infrastructure and urban planning systems. The event included a panel discussion.

For more information go to the Downtown Film Festival press release, as well as the informative blog post Urban Interventions and Speculations on GenslerOn by Li Wen and Shawn Gehle of Gensler Los Angeles. The "CAPACITY" short film is included in the blog post.

Continue reading Cal Poly Press Release ›

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Faculty Merit Award

JUN 24, 2013

Tom Di Santo was chosen as the Architecture Faculty Merit Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year. He was honored at the End of Year Celebration and Picnic on Wednesday, June 12.Tom was presented with a Vern Swanson painting and his name will also appear on the Faculty Merit Award plaque in the Architecture office.

Article Image 1Article Image 1Cal Poly Team wins Bank of America Affordable Housing Challenge

JUN 10, 2013

For the third year in a row, an interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly graduate and undergraduate students was the winner of the Bank of America Affordable Housing Challenge. They partnered with People's Self-Help Housing to develop a project titled "The Cambria Pines" in Cambria, CA as their entry for the 2013 competition. The team, known as Terra Housing Studio, shone above teams from UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, and two other teams from Cal Poly. The winning team members included: Cameron Anvari - Business Administration; Nuri Cho - City and Regional Planning; Brian Harrington - Masters of City and Regional Planning; Smita Naik - Master of Science - Architecture; Andrew Levins, Emily Gerger and Tim McGarvey - City and Regional Planning. Hemalata Dandekar CRP Professor and Department Head and Menka Sethi, part-time lecturer in the Business Department co-taught the class. The Bank of America Affordable Housing Challenge is a competition in which university student teams work with affordable housing developers to create proposals for new affordable or low-income housing projects. The proposals are judged by a panel of jurors from the low-income development community. 

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The Final Cut: 10th Anniversary Fifth Year Architecture Show

MAY 25, 2013

Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design is proud to present the 10th anniversary of the annual fifth year architecture thesis show, this year titled The Final Cut. The show is an exhibition and celebration of year-long thesis projects completed by graduating architecture students as the culmination of their undergraduate studies. The Architecture Department invites you to join us in this celebration.

The reception, show, and overall organization of this event has been spearheaded by the Chumash Show Committee (chumash9@gmail.com) and conducted under the mentorship of Prof. Barry Williams.

When: Opening Reception: Saturday, May 25, 2013, 3:00pm 
Location: Chumash Auditorium, Julian. McPheee University Union at Cal Poly
Auditorium Open: Saturday, May 26, 3pm & Sunday, May 27, 10am-5pm

Article Image 1First Year students complete PARAsite projects

APRIL 2013

The winter quarter closed with First Year Architecture and Architectural Engineering students completing the team-based paraSITE project .

The project challenges students to create full-scale designs in assigned locations in Building 05, using their ability to discern flows, spaces, materiality, and campus community uses, and celebrating the subtlety of shadows, wind, and time, as well as marking place within the scales of the structure, or providing place for pause or repose and awareness of one’s surroundings.

The project aims to teach First Year students the value of teamwork, achieving more than any single student could as an individual. It also tasks them with managing talent and time within a complex assignment.


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"Meet the Firms" Event

APRIL 2013

"Meet the Firms" event, especially for Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning students, is scheduled for April 4, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm. The event in the PAC Lobby is a unique recruiting event that gives employers the chance to interact directly with hundreds of highly sought-after students in these majors.

It’s a great opportunity for students to meet face-to-face and connect with key recruiting contacts. Participating employers will be seeking applicants for internships and career positions.  Visit MustangJOBS to view the most up-to-date list of participating employers and job descriptions. Let the employers know of your interest and submit resumes in advance by choosing the RSVP feature.

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