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Cal Poly Pomona Architecture Students on Stage with Wayne Donaldson


On Thursday, April 30th 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. The subject of Mr. Donaldson’s address was the future of preservation is in the hands of our youth. He highlighted the diverse nature of America’s places, a reflection of our diverse population. As a long-time supporter of Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Architecture, Mr. Donaldson asked Professor Lauren Bricker, who co-coordinates the department’s historic preservation program if several students could participate in his talk at the North Chapel, Naval Training Center Liberty Station. 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.

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

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.
To register visit:


Interim Student Exhibit Wednesday April 1st 6-8pm, Building 89



We congratulate Professor Alexander Ortenberg on his 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 see:

he Architecture Department in the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure‐track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin Fall 2015. Candidates with specializations in core design studios and building systems and/or material research are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information and for submission requirements visit:

WINTER 2015 Lecture Series

Winter 2015 Architecture 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
*** Feb 13th Lecture has been rescheduled for Feb 20th

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

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. 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.

Last summer we revamped our design studio space (the IDC). We installed new desks and pin-up partitions (all on casters so that the space can be easily reconfigured). This change has allowed us to increase the capacity of the IDC from 250 to 350 students, which has allowed us to double the number of transfer students we accept. This summer we will be creating two new 1280sf labs: a structures/material technology/environmental controls lab and a very well-equipped digital fabrication lab.

We are also building on these strengths through our faculty. We have recently hired a number of highly qualified faculty, including Assistant Professor Marc Schulitz, a licensed architect in Germany and partner at the award winning firm of Schulitz Architekten GmbH. Prof Schulitz 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 many international periodicals and books.

Our students continue to win numerous national and regional design awards and scholarships. Most recently our students swept the CASH Awards (the Coalition for Adequate School Housing), winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place (a repeat of last year's sweep).

Below you can read about our upcoming events, and faculty and student accomplishments.

Fall 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.
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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

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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.

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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).

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.

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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.


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