Welcome friends, current and prospective students, and alumni
The Department of Architecture is in very high demand and, because of this, it is able to admit very well-qualified students. Our undergraduate program receives over 1500 applications for 120 places, and our graduate program is also highly selective. Cal Poly Pomona architecture graduates are highly sought after by design firms and many gain admittance into highly-selective graduate programs.
The popularity of Cal Poly Pomona's architecture program is based, in part, due to its reputation for excellent design instruction, for teaching the technical aspects of architecture, and for its expertise in sustainability, historic preservation, and healthcare design. We also benefit from a highly diverse student and faculty populations, we are often ranked as the most diverse architecture school in the country. The architecture department at Cal Poly Pomona is building on these strengths by improving its design, technology and fabrication facilities and by hiring highly-qualified faculty.
Interim Student Exhibit - Wednesday March 30th from 6-8pm, Building 89 (IDC). This is an exhibit of the best student projects from winter 2016. All are welcome. Watch a video of our previous Interim exhibit.
Thursday March 31 2016: CPP ARC/LA FIRM DAY
Cal Poly Pomona's Architecture and Landscape Architecture are your best options when it comes to hiring qualified, creative and cooperative young professionals ready to join your firm and build the future.
To register for firm day visit our ARC/LA Firm Day registration page.
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We are pleased to showcase our most recent catalog of student work from Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Architecture at ISSUU. The booklet should give you a sense of the excellent work that is produced every year by students in our program.
To see work from individual studios and student blogs visit our Gallery.
The Department of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design has made the DesignIntelligence list of the Top 20 architecture schools in the country for the third year in a row. The Department of Architecture’s excellence was noted in several categories:
New Full-time Faculty
Past events, and faculty and student accomplishments.
Our faculty and students continue to win numerous national and regional design awards and scholarships.
Department of Architecture Chair Sarah Lorenzen, AIA was awarded educator of the year by AIA LA. Conferred by the AIA|LA Board of Directors, the Presidential Honoree program recognizes excellence in design, and individuals whose passion, talent and dedication make an undeniable contribution to Los Angeles. For more infomation visit AIA LA.
Faculty member Mitchell de Jarnett and architecture students Erin Day, Hana Lemseffer and Kirill Volchinskiy received honorable mention in the international Istanbul Community Garden Competition for their entry, "The City Below, The Ground Above." The Cal Poly team worked alongside East Los Angeles College's Prof. Orhan Ayyuce and Woodbury University's Prof. Joshua Stein and student Eda Yetim. Participants were asked to propose projects that address the needs of the community, honor the city’s storied cultural and historical heritage, and consider the usefulness of existing buildings and the energy of urban commercial activity within the context of the changing needs of a public space. ctrl-space.net/istanbul
For the first time in Cal Poly Pomona history, students earned the top honor in the prestigious Julius Shulman Emerging Talent Award Competition, named after the most prominent photographer of 20th-century Los Angeles architecture. The title and a cash award of $5,100 were presented on June 18 to Kate Bilyk, Nicole Doan and Jeffrey Stevens at the Los Angeles Business Council’s 45th Annual Architectural Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The trio are recent architecture graduates of Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Environmental Design. Read more about their win here.
Student Nicole Doan also posted a blog entry on Architnect about this year's Senior Project and Thesis reviews, whcih took place in Downtown LA on June 10th 2015. To read her story go here.
Cal Poly Pomona students again swept the CASH Awards (the Coalition for Adequate School Housing), winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place (a repeat of last year's sweep).
Eduardo Gandara was the runner-up in Hammer & Hand’s perFORM 2015 Competition, the only individual entry awarded a prize and a cash award of $1,500. The annual competition asked students and interns to design a net-zero energy, mixed use, multifamily building for a site in the heart of Portland’s Eastside. View his submission at hammerandhand.com/perform/runner-up-eduardo-gandara
Cal Poly Pomona Architecture Students on Stage with Wayne Donaldson
In April 2015 three Cal Poly Pomona architecture students shared the stage with keynote speaker Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA at the 40th annual conference of the California Preservation Foundation held in San Diego. Mr. Donaldson is a nationally recognized preservation architect who, in 2010 was appointed by President Obama to chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Mayrelis Perez, Leh Shyu, fourth year undergraduate students and Chapman Yu, a third year graduate student, each spoke movingly about their origins from Cuba, Taiwan and Hong Kong, respectively and why preserving historic places matters to them. The culmination of the keynote was a take-off on the film “Stripes” where Mr. Donaldson led them in an unconventional drill display. The audience of over-400 attendees erupted in enthusiastic applause. Wayne Donaldson’s support of Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Architecture includes an annual award to the outstanding project in the area of historic preservation. He also led the team that documented Cal Poly Pomona’s Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Research House, a project funded under the Getty’s Preserve LA initiative.
Professor Alexander Ortenberg published a new book "Architecture of Great Expositions 1937-1959". Edited by Dr Rika Devos, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, Dr Alexander Ortenberg, California State University, Pomona, USA and Dr Vladimir Paperny, UCLA, USA. This book investigates architecture as a form of diplomacy in the context of the Second World War at six major European international and national expositions that took place between 1937 and ’59. For more information.
Events Spring 2015
Senior Project / Thesis Presentations will take place on Wednesday June 10th in downtown Los Angeles. Reviews will run from 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm. These reviews will showcase culminating experience projects by undergraduate 5-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) and graduate 3-year Master of Architecture (M.Arch) programs in the Department of Architecture, College of Environmental Design. Students will present their work to a jury of design professionals and academics from the Los Angeles area. Location is the former City Market of Los Angeles at 600 E 11th Street in downtown LA.
ENV Career Day will be on April 16th 2015 11am – 3:15pm
It is time for our annual ENV Career Day! ENV Career Day 2015 is presented by the College of Environmental Design and the ENV student organizations to provide an opportunity to showcase your firm and network with the talented students that attend our programs. The ENV Career Fair will be open to +1000 ENV students and you will have an opportunity to meet a number of talented students in a more intimate setting during the interviews.
Interim Student Exhibit Wednesday April 1st 6-8pm, Building 89
SPRING 2015 Lecture Series
April 3rd: David Freeland, Freeland Buck
April 10th: Andrew Kovacs, UCLA AUD
April 17th: Frank Escher and Ravi Gune Wardena
April 24th: Leo Marmol, Marmol Radziner Architects*
May 8th: Dwayne Oyler, Oyler Wu Architects
May 15th: Elena Manferdini, Atelier Manferdini
May 18th: Greg Lynn, Greg Lynn FORM*
May 22nd: Brook Muller, University of Oregon
WINTER 2015 Lecture Series
Jan 30, Alvin Huang, Founder SDA
Feb 6, John Adams, Managing Director Gensler, Los Angeles
Feb 20, Seth Grizzle and Jonathan Junker, Executive officers, Greypants, Seattle
Mar 6, Peter Testa, Founder Testa | Weiser
Poster by 4th year Cal Poly Pomona Architecture Student Kyat Chin.
All Lectures take place in building 89 (IDC) @ noon on Fridays.
Fall 2014 Lecture Series
Fall 2014 Events
Fall 2014 All Department Meeting: Friday September 26 2014, 12-2pm in the center space of IDC (building 89). All students and faculty should attend.
Fall 2014 Interim Exhibition: Friday September 26 2014, 6-9pm in the IDC (building 89). An exhibition of the best projects from Spring quarter 2014. Open to current and prospective students, alumni and faculty.
Welcome to new Assistant Professor Robert Alexander
VDL Selected as one of Storefront's Worldwide Outposts
Students design facility for TERRI Foundation New Campus.
In 2013 the Lentpark project was awarded the IOC/IAKS Award in bronze. The award is sponsored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS). It is the most important international architecture award for sports, leisure and recreational facilities.
Cal Poly Pomona’s architecture programs are among the nation’s best, according to a newly released report.
DesignIntelligence, a bimonthly report published by the Design Futures Council named CPP as one of the Top 20 architecture programs in the US. Cal Poly Pomona Undergraduate program ranked #16. Th eprogram was also named as one of the Top 5 architecture programs in the West. Cal Poly Pomona Undergraduate program ranked #5
Associate Professor and Chair, Sarah Lorenzen will be co-curating an exhibit at the Neutra VDL House entitled Competing Utopias scheduled to open in July 2014.
Professor Gary McGavin was awarded the "2014 Golden Leaves Award" from the University Library for his book entitled Earthquake Protection of Building Equipment and Systems, ASCE was the publisher in 2012 with Jeff Gatcher and Phil Caldwell as co-authors.
Professor Gary McGavin received the AIA California Council (AIACC) 2013 "Educator of the Year Award”.
Professor Pablo LaRoche gave a lecture on April 15th at Sci-Arc on the world of Zero Net Energy buildings.
Associate Professor Michael Fox gave two lectures in Hong Kong on Robotic Architecture: "Catalyst Design" at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on March 27, 2014 and will give a lecture on Interactive Environments at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on April 25th.
Associate Professor Michael Fox, was elected president of ACADIA for a second term. The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture is an international network of digital design researchers and professionals. The group facilitates critical investigations into the role of computation in architecture, planning, and building science, encouraging innovation in design creativity, sustainability, and education.
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Student Samantha Schieldge won first place in the Metropolitan Water District's Eco Innovation Showcase for her Community Healthcare Collaborative Design (of Spring ARC402 studio).
Two students Hugo Martinez, and Jose Mero won paid internships at AECOM as part of an in-house competition based on studio performance.
Architecture Students Play Wii in Zero-G for NASA Research project
Negeen Irani and Anushri Vachhaniv won a scholarship to attend the 2014 CAE Spring Conference, The Value of Design: Enhancing Education Through Architecture in Barcelona, Spain. Website: http://network.aia.org/CommitteeonArchitectureforEducation/Home/springConference
Nicole Kamara won First Place in the Scholarship Awards from the AIAIC for excellence in academics, leadership, and design. Fall 2013, 2013 AIAIC University Scholarship Award. Scholarship from the AIAIC for excellence in academics, leadership, and
Cal Poly students swept the CASH (the Coalition for Adequate School Housing)Student Design Awards.
The winners are:
The CASH Student Awards program is open to all accredited schools of architecture in California. Students submit a K-12 school design from a design studio. CASH is comprised of the 1100 CA School District members, architects, attorneys, contractors, AHJ’s, and construction managers. The winners receive an all expense paid trip to Sacramento to accept their awards at the CASH Annual Meeting in February.
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