College of Environmental Design, Cal Poly Pomona



Summer 2006 June 24th-July 24th

Application deadline: Friday, February 24, 2006

Dr. Dimitris Poulakidas (URP) and Professor Irma E. Ramirez (ARC)

For more information contact:
Dr. Dimitris Poulakidas, (ext. 4645), or Prof. Irma Ramirez,, (ext. 5355)

Program Description

The School of Environmental Design China Studio is an interdisciplinary studio dedicated to encourage students of Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture to learn about the collaborative work which leads these professions to create the human-made environment. The studio, taking place primarily in China, will expose the students to non-western canons of cultural, professional, and academic traditions that will enrich the program by emphasizing a course of study dedicated to encourage students to become socially responsible professionals as they work on real design projects involved in addressing urban world problems and developing environment that improve peoples' lives.

Students will get a "first-hand" introduction to design working in collaboration with Chinese Faculty and students, clients, expert designers, and planning officials. Guest speakers and site visits will expose students to the social, political, legal, and economic contexts that shape the design and development of buildings and urban settings in China. This 5-week (4 week abroad + 1 week at Cal Poly) interdisciplinary studio is led by ENV faculty Dr. Dimitris Poulakidas (Department of Urban and Regional Planning), and Professor Irma Ramirez (Department of Architecture). The program will be hosted by the North China University of Technology (NCUT) in Beijing.

Program Fees

The estimated cost of the program is $3,850.00. This cost includes tuition, accommodation, meals, transportation for all the scheduled activities, tours, visa, roundtrip airfare from LAX-Beijing, and round trip airfare from Beijing-Shanghai, and international medical insurance for duration of the program (additional coverage may be purchased for extended stay abroad). The above cost figure does not include transportation to LAX, and passport expenses. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due February 24, 2006

Application Process

The deadline to fill and turn in all the required application material to Dr. Dimitris Poulakidas or Professor Irma Ramirez is Friday February 24, 2006.

Incomplete application packages will not be accepted. You are encouraged to fill and submit your application as soon as possible as the number of spaces is limited. Students who will be selected to participate will be notified via e-mail by Tuesday February 28. Failure to pay the deposit and/or follow through the payment schedule will result in your elimination from the 2006 China Study Abroad Program, while other "stand by" students will take your seat.

Application Material

All candidates must submit the following application material by Friday February 24, 2006

  1. A complete application form

  2. A non-refundable deposit of $500 (it will be cashed once you get selected to participate)

  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty. Use letter of recommendation form below.

  4. A letter of interest that states the following: a) the importance of this program for your academic and/or professional career, b) your academic and technical strengths and weaknesses, c) your contributions to an urban design studio project, and d) other personal qualities that will be valuable to the studio participants and instructors

  5. A curriculum vitae (cv)

Selection Criteria

The following criteria, ranked by level of importance, will be used to select the participants for the 2006 ENV China Study Abroad Program: A) Interest in the program as it is determined through the letter of interest, B) Academic and professional strengths expressed in the cv C) Current overall GPA, D) Overall student assessment as expressed by the letters of recommendation and letter of interest E) Academic Seniority with priority to students in their last two year of studies at Cal Poly Pomona.

Note: The leading ENV faculty reserve the right to request an in-person interview with candidates if deemed necessary.

Academic Credit

1) Topic Studio (6 units)
2) China Cities, Building, Arts and Gardens (4 units - URP Upper Division Elective, ARC Professional Elective)
3) China’s Architectural and Planning Practices (4 units - URP Upper Division Elective, ARC Professional Elective)

-NOTE FOR 1ST YEAR ARCHITECTURE GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY: Because study abroad programs are intended for graduate students who have completed their 2nd year of studies, graduate students having completed their 1st year of studies cannot receive credit for the topic studio, instead credit may be earned for an independent studies class on a case by case basis. Please consult with Professor Irma Ramirez.

-NOTE TO LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS: You must consult your academic advisor in your department to verify how credit will be granted for courses taken in this program.

--NOTE TO 1st and 2nd YEAR URP STUDENTS: Although students in the 3rd and 4th year have priority in the selection process, outstanding 1st and 2nd year students are encouraged to apply.

Detailed course description:

Urban/Architectural Design Topic Studio

The School of Environmental Design China Studio is an interdisciplinary studio which will expose the students to non-western canons of cultural, professional, and academic traditions. Studio topic will focus the development of Urban Design proposals for a key area in Beijing. Design strategies will involve the study of transportation infrastructure, housing and commercial corridors, historical contexts, and landscaping methods to the redevelopment of the area in question. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams with Chinese students and faculty.

The History of Chinese Architecture and City Planning Practices

This course is a survey of Chinese history as it affects the aesthetic sensibilities and artistic achievements of China. A one week series of lectures will focus on the practices of the Architectural and Planning Profession in china as well as a study of the old and the new practices of building in China. The course will be complimented by a series of field trips in the city of Beijing to Tian’anmen Square-The Gate of Heavenly Peace, the Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs, the Forbidden City, The Lama Temple and the Imperial College in Guozijian, and other Urban Projects recently completed in the Shijingshan District of Beijing. Special visits are scheduled to visit the XXIX Beijing Organizing Olympic Committee, the City Planning Department of the City of Beijing, and the Museum of Urban Planning in Beijing. Students are required to maintain a travel sketchbook and photo documentation, as well as the submission of a final paper.

Chinese Cities and Gardens

The course encompasses 1 1/2 weeks of travel to the Chinese cities of Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou. The course encompasses the exploration of these urban systems and the importance of the Chinese garden to China’s urban history. Course requires field trips to the city of Shanghai, Song Dynasty Park in Hangzhou, the Water Town in Zhouzhunag, Tiger Hill Administrative gardens in Suzhou. Special visits: visit to the American Planning Association Office in Shanghai, and the Museum of Urban Planning in Shanghai. Students are required to maintain a travel sketchbook and photo documentation, as well as the submission of a final paper.

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