Department History

In 1966, founding President Julian McPhee retired, and Cal Poly was severed in two, one institution in San Luis Obispo, the other in Pomona. With the separation, architecture not officially offered at Pomona, disappeared from the Cal Poly Pomona catalog. Architects Richard Chylinski and Bernard Zimmerman who were teaching in the highly regarded Landscape Architecture program, in the College of Agriculture, initiated a new course of study under the direction of Agriculture Dean Howard Boltz.

In 1969-70 the architecture program was elevated to "Department" status in a new School of Environmental Design. Ray Kappe and the crew that would eventually form Sci-Arc were brought in to raise the program profile and shape its direction. Austrian architect Richard Neutra also joined the faculty at that time to teach across several programs in the Department of Environmental Design.