Student News

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Second year student wins CMACN scholarship

Second year Architecture student, Natacha Schnider, is one of two Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada (CMACN) Architectural Scholarship winners. The scholarship program was established in order to promote the study of concrete masonry as a subject. The scholarship amount is $500 per winning student.

Margarida Yin's 3rd Year student, Nick Schwaller, received second place in the AIAS/Kawneer Enlightening Libraries Student Design Competition. This competition challenged students to investigate and design a public library utilizing Kawneer's building products. Nick's project focused on the library as a "community living room...(to) connect people with media and with each other, through a combination of public open spaces, outdoor areas, and quiet reading niches with a view". Go to Enlightening Los Osos (.pdf) for images of the project.

Fourth Year student Jessica Labac selected as NCARB student representative

The Architecture Department is happy to announce that fourth-year student Jessica Labac has been selected to be Cal Poly’s student representative to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the organization that coordinates the Intern Development Program (IDP) across the country.

As Intern Development Program Student Coordinator, Jessica will be the student voice for NCARB on Cal Poly's campus. Her primary goal will be to demystify the architectural internship and licensure processes. She can be reached via email at

Architecture students win in 2012 Leading Edge Competition

Second year student, Natalie Abbott, was awarded first place in the 2012 Leading Edge Competition, Challenge 2 (for 1st and 2nd year students), a national competition which challenges student to incorporate principles of energy efficiency and sustainability as a basic standard of building design. Her advisors were Professors Howard Weisenthal and Barry Williams. A team made up of Stefan Schwarz, Natalie Riccomini, Patricia Hansen and Nicholas Stocker tied for second place in the Challenge 2. Their advisors were Kent Macdonald and Troy Peters. Third year student, Derek McFarland, was awarded second place in the Challenge 1 (for 3rd and 4th year students). His advisor was Margarida Yin. The theme for the 2012 competition was a co-housing community aimed at baby boomer retirees, emphasizing vitality and incorporating elements devoted to recreation, technology and a wellness center. Complete judges' comments and images of all winning entries, plus the press release can be viewed at the Leading Edge Competition web site.



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