2011-2012 Student News Archive

DIS Student Wins Intercultural Leadership Award

Cal Poly Architecture student, Mike Sudolsky, attending the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) during the 2011-12 academic year, was the Intercultural Leadership Award Essay Winner in Spring 2012. The Intercultural Leadership Award is given to a student who has not only used head, heart, and hands to create that unique experience, but has been able to lead others and has created events and sparked ideas in their peers. DIS has invited Michael to come back to Copenhagen to speak at the Spring 2013 Opening Ceremony. For more information go to the DIS Intercultural Leadership Awards web page.

Architecture students win 2011-12 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition

Out of 303 entries, David Heck, B.Arch 2012, one of Prof. Jonathan Reich’s thesis students, won first place in the international 2011-2012 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition – Culinary Arts College for his 2011-12 thesis project Paris Market Lab: The addition of a culinary arts school and urban garden to the Marché St. Germain in Paris.

Additionally, Jose Sanchez and Adam Strauss, won Honorable Mention in the same competition, for their joint project Culinary_Bridge, completed in Prof. Tom Fowler’s Winter/Spring 2012 comprehensive third year design studio.

To see the winning entries go to 2011-12 Steel Winners.

Cal Poly multidisciplinary team wins Bank of America Housing Challenge

For a second year in a row a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo team has won the Bank of American Housing Challenge, tieing with UC Berkeley for first place. Cal Poly fielded two teams this year. The winning team was a multidisciplinary team involving students from Architecture, Business, City and Regional Planning, Construction Management and Landscape Architecture - two graduate and 15 undergraduate students. The team proposed ALERE, a project in Inglewood, CA, partnering with Path Ventures, a non-profit active in the Los Angeles Area. Go to Alere to see more about their project. The second Cal Poly team was also a multi-disciplinary team, which proposed Sakura, a project in San Jose, CA, partnering with ROEM Corporation.

Ken Macdonald's Spring 2012 Studio






Architecture graduate student is recipient of 2011-2012 Outstanding Thesis Award

Congratulations go out to the recipient of the 2011-2012 Outstanding Thesis award, Allen Mesken, MS Architecture, College of Architecture and Environmental Design. At commencement he will receive special recognition, a cash award, and a framed certificate, signed by President Armstrong and Dean Susan Opava, acknowledging his accomplishments. Thanks to the faculty who prepared the nominations in support of their students to the awards committee who put in many hours reviewing the nominations.

AIAS/SAGE design competition honorable mention

Joanne Lin, won an Honorable Mention for the AIAS/SAGE student design competition for her Winter quarter (2012) project which was conducted under the mentorship of Prof. Margarida Yin. Her project was awarded under the Jury's Award for Masterful Integration of Site Challenges, Regional History & Novel Building Design.
Joanne's winning entry will be displayed at the AIAS FORUM 2012 in Savannah, GA December 29, 2011 - January 1, 2012 and at the 2012 AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, DC, May 17-20, 2011 as well as all winning entries will be published in the Fall 2012 issue of Crit: Journal of the AIAS.

For additional information, go to AIAS/SAGE competition.



Four architecture students win awards in the 1st Annual International Education and Programs Study Abroad (IEP) Photography Competition

Scott Leinweber -Best of Show: Pisa-to-Florence, Italy

Laura Kramer -Best Culture: Budapest, Hungary

Brian Ng -Best Portraiture: Berlin, Germany

Michael Zhang -Honorable Mention Landscape: Copenhagen, Denmark

For additional information, please go to IEP



Two Cal Poly Architecture Department teams were winners in ACSA's EVENT SPACE/ARCHIVE Video Competition.

A Day in the Life of the Design Process for Conceptualization was submitted by students Evan Nickel (LAES), Brandon Sampson (ARCH), Ryan Alletag (LAES), San Luu (ARCH), and Noah Goldsmith (ARCH) with faculty Thomas Fowler IV and David Gillette (CLA-English).

White was submitted by students in Karen Lange's ARCH 481 Thesis Studio.

Best of Show Winners

"The “Best of Show” super review was launched in Winter 2007 with the purpose to expand and assess select third year students’ projects through the discussion of third year faculty and guest jurors of national and international stature. The review system in any architecture program is not new for us, but given the shear number of students and the lack of space on campus –just for third year we would need a space large enough to accommodate almost 140 students -the organization of a review of this magnitude remains an interesting challenge..."

Guest Jurors:

Tim Culvahouse, FAIA, editor arcCA
Gloria Lee and Nathan Swift, principals of Swift Lee Office (SLO)
Rachel Glabe and Greg Taylor, Cal Poly alumni

Winter 2012 Award winners:

Best of Show (projects of awardees can be viewed by clicking on their names.
Allie Freund (Prof. John Lange's studio), and
Aaron Belzer (Prof. Richard Schmidt's studio)
Honorable Mention
Markie Becker (Prof. Mark Cabrinha's studio)
Clara Lee (Prof. Mark Cabrinha's studio)
Phillip Sweeney (Prof. Tom Fowler's studio) and
Brad Williams (Prof. Margarida Yin's studio)

Studio Consilio

Prof. Jonathan Reich's "Studio Consilio - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Architecture Department" Hanging Bench received a 2012 Special Design Award in the American Wood Products Council's Woodworks For Non-Residential Construction design award program.

Students: Cécile Bleux, Jessie Blote, Anna Bultema, Milena Charlemagne, Bryan Colosky, Kristen Fowler, Oscar Gutierrez, Julio Hernandez, Nhu Hoang, Avery Kant, Carlos Regis, Michael Shadle, Tyler Stark, Shanna Sullivan, Garrett Sweeden, Ian Tomitch, Megan Walker, Angelika Weissheim, and Alex Zimmerman
Professor: Jonathan Reich, Architect

The Design award will be presented at the Wood Solutions Fair, at the Long Beach Convention Center on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012.

To view a three page description of the project, go toStudio Consilio Pamphlet

To view the Wood Design Building Award Program

To view the Wood Design Building Award Program Award Poster

Student Winning prize

Erin Osberg, 4th year Architecture student, was the student prize winner for the Sustainable Transitions Competition. The project was from her work in Prof. John Lange's studio last year.

Congratulations to Erin! Her entry can be seen on the WorldChanging web site.

Student Winning prize

Third year architecture student Mason Hayes and student colleague Richman Neuman of Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, placed third in the Sucker Punch Competition with their project titled " Center For Urban Farming Competition. Congratulations to both team members.

Additional information about the winning competition can be found at Sucker Punch Competition.

Student Finalist in International Competition

Recent 2011 Architecture graduate Brian Vargo thesis project was announced as a finalist in an international competition. From more than 200 projects submitted, 32 finalists were displayed and judged during the 2011 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) World Conference in Seoul, on October 10-12, 2011. Congratulations Brian! For more information on the competition and it's results go to the CTBUH web site.

Zach Bache was selected in August to be on this year's Freedom Task Force for AIAS National.

Thomas Fagan (currently a 4th year student attending CEPT in Ahmedabad, India) received for his project "Pulse" an Honorable Mention in the Open Category of the 11th annual steel design student competition, administered by ACSA and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). Student advisor: Prof. Thomas Fowler.

Additional information about the winning competition can be found at ACSA Steel Competition.


Thomas Fagan (currently a 4th year student attending CEPT in Ahmedabad, India) received for his project "Pulse" an Honorable Mention in the Open Category of the 11th annual steel design student competition, administered by ACSA and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). Student advisor: Prof. Thomas Fowler.

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