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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.

Upcoming events:

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.

Fall Lecture Series - Fridays at Noon in building 89 (IDC). Check back for speakers.

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.


  • 9:00 – 9:30 am Panel discussion featuring Cal Poly Pomona alums
  • 9:30 – 12:00 pm Firm representatives meet student applicants
  • 12:00 – 12:30 pm Lunch 12:30 – 2:00 pm Scheduled Interviews

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Architecture Catalog

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:

  • Top 20 Undergraduate Programs in the United States: No. 19
  • Top 5 Architecture Schools in the West: No. 5
  • Top 10 for Construction Methods & Materials: No. 6 (undergraduate and graduate programs), tied with Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sustainable Design Practices & Principles: No. 10

New Full-time Faculty

We recently hired a number of highly qualified tenure-track faculty, including Assistant Professors: Katrin Terstegen, Robert Alexander, and Marc Schulitz.


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.

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


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.
Benefits from the ENV Career Day go to the ENV student organizations: ENV Council, AIAS, ASLA, APSA, ASA, GPSA, and TSD.

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 23, Courtney Embrey, 2014 LT Shanks Travel Scholarship Winner

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.
Lecture series made possible by Henry Woo Lecture Series Fund.


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
The Department of Architecture is delighted to announce that Robert Alexander will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor Design and Digital Instruction in September.

Robert Alexander - Rotch
Robert Alexander, principal of BobCat Studio BobCat Website
was born and raised in Southern California where he received his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona in 2001. In 2005 he received his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In addition to his professional experience on a wide variety of projects with the architecture firms Rafael Vinoly Architects, Behnisch Architekten, and Daly Genik, he has taught first year design studios at Cal Poly Pomona during the past seven years. He is currently the coordinator for both the Winter and Spring quarters and over the years has led several advanced topic studios as well serving as the Interim Director of Cal Poly’s Neutra VDL House in 2011. In 2008, Mr. Alexander won the Cavin Fellowship and received the Boston Society of Architect’s Rotch Scholarship in 2013, which started his current research on the urban effects of large-scale incomplete building projects in Europe.

VDL Selected as one of Storefront's Worldwide Outposts
"Storefront for Art and Architecture announces the 10 selected projects that will be part of WorldWide Storefront (“WWSF”), a new initiative to provide a simultaneous, multi-locus of alternative spaces around the globe and a digital platform for the expression and exchange of latent desires within contemporary art and architecture practices." The project is a collaboration between Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Big City Forum, and Cal Poly Pomona's Neutra VDL House. Led by Mimi Zeiger with Luis Callejas, Leonardo Bravo, River Jukes, and Sarah Lorenzen.
Robert Alexander - Rotch
For more info visit the: Storefront Website

Students design facility for TERRI Foundation New Campus.
The studio under the direction of Associate professor Michael Fox was a collaborative project with the TERRI Organization/ AECOM and Architecture for Humanity. The TERRI Organization will serve as the real-world client. TERI provides programs for children and adults with special needs, beginning with early intervention and family supports and continuing through retirement and beyond. What they learn, develop, and provide in these programs serves as a model that can be replicated world-wide. The designs and prototypes were presented at the Annual TERRI Foundation fundraising event in San Marcos, CA.

Welcome to new Assistant Professor Marc Schulitz
Marc received his professional Degree in Architecture from the ETH Zurich in Switzerland in 1999 and has since then worked as an architect in Europe. He has three years studio and lecture teaching experience at the Technical University of Brunswick and has continuously served as a design critic at universities in Germany and Austria.
Marc Schulitz is a licensed architect in Germany and partner at the award winning firm of Schulitz Architekten GmbH. He was in charge of numerous international sports arena projects, including the 2006 FIFA World Cup Arena in Hanover and the Lentpark ice and swim stadium in Cologne, Germany. His work has been featured in international periodicals and books. Schulitz’s firm focuses on delivering designs that are environmentally sustainable in terms of architecture, the integration of building services, and engineering. His Lentpark design was the first ice sports facility to be part of the European Union’s Green Building Program. Mr. Schulitz´s precise knowledge of structural principles has enabled him to move beyond the role of designer and push into the realm of engineering, thus leading him to work closely with internationally renowned engineering firms.

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.
Competing Utopias is a design collision that should never happen. But somehow, in Los Angeles, in 2014, twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it will. This experimental exhibition is a 'mash-up' in the most provocative sense of that word. Its force comes from the clash and fusion of two design cultures that have been kept apart but have been visually connected in ways yet unexamined. This installation will present Cold War modern design from East and West in one context. The exhibit is a collaboration between the Wende Museum and the VDL House / Cal Poly Pomona funded by the Graham Foundation. Stay tuned for more details.

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 Lauren Bricker has been elected to chair of the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). They will be sponsoring an conference in July 2014 at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Professor Pablo LaRoche received the faculty award for the “Transformation 2030 Design Competition” organized by Autodesk and Architecture 2030 for his work with students.

Professor Pablo LaRoche gave a lecture entitled Design in Times of Climate Change for the Earth Day 2014 Event organized by the AIA and USGBC Inland Chapter. April 22, 2014.

Professor Pablo LaRoche gave a lecture entitled High Performance Design for Architects. Key Note Lecture as part of the event Building Simulation for Net Zero Energy Buildings organized by IBPSA-USA/LA chapter. April 15 2014

Professor Pablo LaRoche gave a lecture entitled High Performance Envelope Design: Experiences at Cal Poly Pomona University. Presented at the Façade Tectonics Conference at the University of Southern California. Jan 11, 2014

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.

For more Faculty news, click HERE.


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).

Four students, Kevin Easterling, Adrian Newcomb, Anabel Velasquez, and Emilio Munoz won 1-4th place in the Designer Lighting Forum LA. They are invited to attend the Annual Lumen West Banquet where the winners will be announced.

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
A group of architecture students visited Ellington Field at the Johnson Space Center in Houston this November to participate in NASA's 2013 MUREP Education Flight Program. NASA selected the architecture students (Martin Saet, Garrett Sanne,Brice Colton, Andrew Cartwright, and Brianna Wiley) for their proposal to research how video games are played in space. The week-long trip to Houston included a VIP tour of the Johnson Space Center, some personal time with an astronaut and, of course, the zero-gravity flight.

Watch the Video!

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:

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:
First Place - Kristy Yeh
Second Place - Gabby Uvidia
Third Place - Celia Bentsen

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.

Student Blogs:
All are encouraged to read the entries (and leave comments) of our student bloggers on Archinect.
Nicole Doan:
Noam Saragosti:

For more Student news, click HERE.

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