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Alumna Juliana Terian ('80, architecture) visits students at the Interim Design Center. Terian, the 2015 Distinguished Alumna recipient, pledged the sixth largest cash gift in Cal Poly Pomona history. (Image by Tom Zasadzinski)

The College of Environmental Design and its departments rely on the generosity of alumni and friends to help us sustain our standards of excellence as a learn-by-doing institution. Your investment helps:

  • Advance innovation and applied research within the design disciplines
  • Create learning environments that foster student, faculty, and industry collaboration
  • Transform student training through cutting-edge instruction.

We invite you to be a part of our future!

Jenkins Shannon
Senior Director of Development, College of Environmental Design
(909) 869-5128 |
Learn how your support can benefit you financially.

ENV Dean's Excellence Fund

Unrestricted annual and one-time gifts to support the degree program or center that matters most to you will help to ensure the college has the flexibility to quickly respond to new or unexpected educational opportunities.  Your contributions will help advance student research and learning activities, promote faculty excellence and enhance program curriculums. Unrestricted funds are critical to the success of our learn-by-doing mission.

Endowment Giving

By contributing to an existing endowment or establishing a named endowment, you will provide on-going sources of funding for students, faculty, programs, buildings, and activities for future generations to come.  Because the corpus is not spent and a portion of the earnings is reinvested, an endowment lasts in perpetuity, enabling you to have a lasting legacy that will benefit future students

There are many endowment opportunities and funding levels available at the College of Environmental Design.

Endowments for Faculty, Student Enhancement and Academic Programs:

  • Department Chairs, Professorships and Graduate Assistants
  • Studios and teaching facilities
  • International/Study Abroad Programs, and Academic Tours and Field Trips

Endowments for Student Scholarships:

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • Student Travel

Endowments can also cover other purposes that may fall outside of these categories or for purposes that matter most to you.


Support for undergraduate and graduate scholarships helps to ensure future and current students have access to a learn-by-doing education.  Scholarships help Cal Poly Pomona maintain access to our unique programs and attract top students.  Above all, scholarships provide a foundation from which students can achieve their academic goals and go on to contribute their skills to the world.  Please consider how you can help open doors to a life changing education for students. 

Academic Programs Including Lectures, Field Trips and International Study

Funding for a professional lecture series would allow faculty and students working in tandem to develop a professional speaker series attracting well-known practitioners, innovators of design and researchers to campus once a month to broaden the students' knowledge of a particular subject, stimulate cross class-level dialogue, and enhance cllege-wide learning experiences.  

Field trips are an important component of students' professional and creative development, linking classroom and studio concepts to real-world issues.

Meanwhile, providing on-going support for ENV's international exchange programs will enable scholarly and cultural immersion for students wishing to study abroad in our sister programs located in China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico and other Latin American countries.

Interdisciplinary Studios

Capstone studios promote cross-disciplinary collaborations and take participants beyond the classroom, providing non-traditional “hands-on” learning experiences.  Studio projects typically have a group component, challenging students to work in teams, as well as individual challenges to meet funder and/or college project interests. These 10-week interdisciplinary topic studios could involve two or more disciplines from ENV’s programs (architecture, art, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, and regenerative studies) and/or interaction with other programs on campus including those in the College’s of Engineering, Business, and Science. Academic substance for each studio would be mutually agreed upon by Cal Poly Pomona and the funder prior to the beginning of the quarter session.

Technology Innovation and Upgrades

Funding would provide for upgrades to support teaching, research, and demonstration capabilities by equipping prominent academic spaces throughout ENV facilities (classroom, lab, studio and exhibition spaces) with the latest technology. Purchasing new projection systems, multimedia and 3D modeling equipment, videoconferencing technology and computer tablets, would allow students and faculty to maintain sophisticated levels of communication related to scholarship and test applications in the design, planning and building sciences areas. 

Rehabilitation and Maintenance of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences

Join with the Friends of VDL to help restore and maintain the former professional studio and residences of one of modern architecture's founding figures, Richard J. Neutra. The property, located in the Silver Lake are of Los Angeles, was gifted to the university in the early 90's and serves today as an academic resource for CPP students and the greater design community in southern California and beyond. As the current stewards of the home, the College of Environmental Design, seeks support to undertake the work to restore and maintain this seminal example of modern design.

There are many ways you can support the College of Environmental Design!

STEP 1: Determine what you want to support

The college's Development Office can provide you with additional information on Giving Opportunities.  In general:

  • Unrestricted Gifts give the Dean’s office, degree programs and centers flexibility to support immediate and future needs.
  • Restricted Gifts are directed by you to meet an identified need within the college.

STEP 2: Determine how you wish to make your gift

Outright Gifts

An outright gift is just as its name applies: a gift transferred immediately from you to benefit the college.  This includes cash, pledges, securities, gifts-in-kind, real estate and matching gifts.

  • Cash Gifts can be made through credit/debit card transactions, outright cash, or personal checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders made payable to the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation. Please contact our development office on (909) 869 - 4468 for information on how to make a wire transfer.
  • Pledges enable you to plan a gift that is both convenient and tax-wise.  A pledge allows you to consider a more significant gift that otherwise may not be possible and is payable over five years.
  • Gifts of Securities may be contributed as outright gifts or as a pledge payment.  When you make a gift of long-term appreciated securities (stocks, bonds or mutual funds that have grown in value), your income tax deduction is equal to the current fair market value of the securities, and you may avoid capital gains taxes on the transfer.
  • Gifts of Real Estate can be contributed as an outright gift or a gift through your estate.  It also may be given to fund a deferred gift such as a charitable remainder trust. Other gifting options allow for continued use of the property during your lifetime or for lifetime income.
  • Gifts-in-Kind are items of tangible personal property such as art, books, technology or livestock.
  • Matching Gifts enable you to double or triple the impact of your outright gifts if your employer offers a matching gift program. To determine whether you company will match your gift, please visit the website.

Deferred Gifts

Deferred gifts enable you to arrange charitable contributions in a manner that maximizes your personal objectives and financial goals.  Many plans provide flexibility during your lifetime, even though the college will not realize the benefit until sometime in the future. The most common types of deferred plans are bequests, retirement plan designations, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts and gifts of paid-up life insurance policies.

Visit for more information on deferred giving opportunities or contact:

Vince Fraumeni
Director of Planned Giving
(909)869-4825 |

STEP 3:  Make your gift

Online Gifts
Click on the 'Donate' button above to make your online donations

Mailing Address:
Cal Poly Pomona
Development Department
PO Box 3121
Pomona, CA 91769

Checks payable to:
The Cal Poly Pomona Philanthropic Foundation, Inc.

Longtime supporters Steve and Marian Dodge pledged $3 million to advance the study of modern architecture (Image by Tom Zasadzinski)
Longtime supporters Steve and Marian Dodge pledged $3 million to advance the study of modern architecture (Image by Tom Zasadzinski)

You Make A Difference!

Your investments play a critical role in the lives of our students, the strength of our college, and our ability to make advances in the planning and design fields that impact society.

Beyond the Edge: Cross-Cultural Urban Design Studio 

In 2018   SWA Laguna Beach, in collaboration with more than 30 design firms and industry partners, donated $20,000 to fund a landscape architecture studio to participate in an cross-cultural urban design studio with 20 of their student counterparts at Huazhong University of Science & Technology.   Beyond the Edge  explored sustainable solutions for waterfront developments along the Yangtze River in central China. Wuhan, home to 10 million residents, sits along the central banks of the world’s third-longest river. As central China’s largest city, it is the seat of the region’s political, economic, financial and cultural power.  

The studio was directly supported with professional lectures, critiques, design charrettes and workshops on- and off-campus by SWA Laguna Beach. Its overseas field trip component was designed to deepen students’ awareness of the culture, climate and ecology, and history of Wuhan, Hubei Province and the Yangtze River watershed. Students were challenged to develop projects that integrate the region’s history of trade and industrial workforce with the necessity to integrate resilient design that address climate change and future trends in mobility, transit, retail environments, residential, office, and environmental infrastructure.

The College of Environmental Design and the Department of Landscape Architect are grateful to: SWA Group (Sean O'Malley, Xiao Zheng, Andrew Watkins, Pavel Petrov, Natasha Harkison and Evan Lee); Wuhan Landscape Planning and Design Academy; Wuhan Planning & Design Co., Ltd.; Wuhan City Flood Control Survey and Design Institute;  BrightView MM Cité;   Pierre Landscape Construction Berliner Bison Innovative Products Buzon Pedestal International id metalco, Inc. Scofield Quickrete Concrete Products Rainbird Shaw and Sons/Shaw Construction Ackerstone ; D.L. Cunningham;  Belgard Chaparral Coast Recreation Coldspring David Silverman & Associates Dynamo Play Systems Forms and Surfaces Glasir Design Landscape Structures SiteOne Landscape Supply Sweeney & Associates Hunter Irrigation Modern Outdoor Tri-C Organics TNEMEC ; and  Netafim USA .

Student-Designed Cabin on Display at L.A. County Fair

A cabin designed by Cal Poly Pomona architecture students and displayed at 2014 L.A. County Fair provides a glimpse of the future of camping in California. The   wedge cabin project  has taken on a life of its own: the protoype was installed at the Julie Pfeiffer Burns State Park, with progress on 13 cabins at Angel Island State Park. Work is also underway to get additional cabins in the Big Sur area using Coastal Commission resources to fund some of the planning and construction costs to ensure that rental rates low for campers.

College of Environmental Design Receives Record Gift

Architecture alumna   Juliana Terian, co-founder of Nouvelle View and former chairman of Rallye Automotive Group (NY), has pledged $2.5 million to the College of Environmental Design. It is the single largest cash gift in the history of the college and the sixth highest in Cal Poly Pomona history.

$3 Million ENV Gift to Elevate Modern Architecture Studies

Steve and Marian Dodge, longtime supporters of the university and patrons of modern architecture, have pledged $3 million through a bequest gift to advance the study of modern architecture in the College of Environmental Design.

Alumnus Gift Helps Landscape Architecture Students

Every day, Hawaiians can see landscape architect   Michael Chu’s designs and creativity in the newest Lowe’s home improvement store, seven Costco locations, and – Chu’s favorite – the renovated Hawaii State Library.