News & Events
LADAC Winter Noon Lecture
February 16, 2021
The Winter Quarter noon LADAC lecture featured Pamela Conrad and her discussion of Climate Positive Design. Pamela is a principal with CMG Landscape Architecture in San Francisco. She developed an award-winning carbon calculator app that was highlighted in a recent issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine. Click HERE to watch the lecture.
In Memoriam - Gary Karner
November 23, 2020
The landscape architecture department is sad to announce the passing of former lecturer, Gary Karner, on November 23, 2020. Gary spent many years in the department, from 1987 until 2000, specializing in teaching in the professional practice and mapping areas. After retiring from Cal Poly and SWA where he was Managing Principal and Senior Project Manager, he continued to do community service work, especially with the Los Osos sewer and community development.
Gary received an MLA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1961 and a BSLA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1958. He was licensed as a Landscape Architect in three states: California, Washington, and Michigan.
Faculty and students who worked with Gary said that he was a wonderful person, warm, thoughtful, kind and wise. He always had a “business common sense" attitude about everything, but also was tuned into education and the creative processes. Gary also had a great way of listening and making everyone feel heard. He will be greatly missed.
Photo courtesy of Pandora Karner
In Memoriam - Gary Dwyer
August 9, 2020
We are sad to announce our dear friend and colleague, Emeritus Professor Gary Dwyer, passed away on August 9th, 2020. Gary played an in influential role in the department, joining Cal Poly in 1973. Please visit the department's memorial page HERE.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Odile Ayral
2020 ASLA Student Awards
Award of Excellence - Communications Category
Congratulations to July Aung for the Award of Excellence (Communications Category) in 2020 ASLA Student Awards! July’s project is titled “Jia: Bringing Landscape Architecture to Webtoons”, and it uses webtoon as a medium to inform younger audiences about the growing issues in Landscape Architecture, and inspire them to take action. Great work, July!
2020 Bill Millsap Fellowship
Architecture and Design Exchange
Congratulations to fifth-year student, Jeremy Dvorak, on being awarded the 2020 Bill Millsap Fellowship, hosted by Architecture and Design Exchange, for his project proposal "The Quiet Heroism of the Everyday Place." To learn more about Jeremy's project, watch the video HERE.
Beverly Bass Appointed as Department Head for Cal Poly’s Landscape Architecture Department
July 1, 2020
Cal Poly’s Landscape Architecture Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Beverly Bass as department head, beginning July 1, 2020.
Bass has served Cal Poly as a faculty member in the Landscape Architecture Department since 2008, and as a full professor since 2019. She is a licensed Landscape Architect in California and worked for several years as a landscape planner before serving as principal of EcoMagine Landscape Architecture in San Luis Obispo. She earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Arizona in 2003.
Bass’ scholarly interests include rural and small-town development, walkability and sustainability. Her work experience includes project management, public workshop facilitation, design and planning in the Sacramento region. She is a certified arborist and is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. She has served on the Cal Poly Academic Senate, the Campus Planning Committee and as a member of the Resilient Communities Research Institute.
2020 Winter Quarter Review Schedule
March 11 - 13, 2020
Please join the Landscape Architecture Department for the twelve final reviews for Winter 2020, and come see the projects our students have been working on this quarter. Click on the image below for more information.
2019-20 DesignIntelligence Survey Ranks Cal Poly Landscape Architecture Program as the #1 Most Hired From
2019-20 Designintelligence rankings
Additionally, both Department Head and Professor, Omar Faruque, and Associate Professor, David Watts, were ranked as this year's most admired educators. For the full story, please visit the link HERE.
Department Head, Omar Faruque, Receives 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award at Alma Mater - Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University - College of Architecture
Landscape Architecture Department Head, Omar Faruque, was honored by his alma mater, Texas A&M University, as a 2019 distinguished alumnus for his innovative design and planning, his book Graphic Communication as a Design Tool that documents his pioneering research on creative exploration for design, and his academic leadership at Cal Poly. The award is the highest honor the university bestows on former students.
Click HERE to view larger images from the event.
Hearst Lecture Series
The Winter 2020 Hearst Lecture Series begins Friday, January 17th. The lectures are open to the public in the Business Rotunda (03-213). We hope to see you all there!
Director, MIRACLES Architecture
Wortham Fellow, Rice University School of Architecture
Friday, 1/17 @5PM
Founder, CEO, and Creative Director, Stamen Design, San Francisco
Friday, 1/31 @5PM
Co-Founding Partner, nARCHITECTS, New York
Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia GSAPP
Friday, 2/7 @5PM
Design Principal, Fiévre + Jones, Los Angeles
Friday, 2/21 @5PM
2019 Fall Quarter Review Schedule
December 2 - 6, 2019
Please join the Landscape Architecture Department for the twelve final reviews for Fall 2019, and come see the projects our students have been working on this quarter. Click on the image below for more information.
2019 Cal Poly Honored Alumni Award
Kevin Conger, Landscape Architecture, 1988
2019 Cal Poly Landscape Architecture Alumni Reception
At the Hilton San Diego Bayfront - Saturday, November 16th
To our alumni and friends, please join Cal Poly’s Landscape Architecture Department Head Omar Faruque and Dean Christine Theodoropoulos of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design on Saturday, November 16th, from 6 to 9 pm in San Diego. This will be a great opportunity to catch up on current events, network with your former classmates and to forge new friendships.
This complimentary reception is hosted in the beautiful Hilton San Diego Bayfront, a short walk from the San Diego Convention Center where the ASLA Conference is being held. However, you do not need to be a participant in the conference to attend this event.
RSVP by November 9th by visiting: bit.ly/la-dept-reception-2019
Room capacity is limited.
For more information, please contact Justine Gentilini at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-756-1319.
Hearst Lecture Series
The Hearst Lecture Series for Fall 2019 starts Friday the 27th with a presentation by Julian Raxworthy, author of "Overgrown". More information about the Hearst Lecture Series can be found at: http://www.caed.calpoly.edu/hearst-lecture-series
Spring 2019 Commencement
June 15, 2019
Congratulations to the Cal Poly Landscape Architecture Class of 2019!
2019-20 Scholarship & Awards Ceremony
May 31, 2019
Congratulations to our 2019 ASLA Honor & Merit Award recipients and 2019 CLASS Fund Scholarship winners, who were honored at the 2019-20 Landscape Architecture Scholarship & Award Ceremony!
2019 Spring Quarter Review Schedule
June 3 - June 7, 2019
Please join the Landscape Architecture Department for the nine final reviews for Spring 2019, and come see the projects our students have been working on this quarter. Click on the image below for more information.
2019 Spring Senior Showcase
June 7, 2019
Cal Poly’s fifth-year landscape architecture students will cap off a year of intensive research and design work by showcasing a broad spectrum of thesis projects to the public in June.
The Landscape Architecture graduating class will hold its “Capstone Studio Showcase” on June 7, 2019. Titled “Margarita’s Mixtape,” the show reflects the creativity, dedication and talent of the Senior Studio class. The show will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the historic, Dallidet Adobe and Gardens, 1185 Pacific St, in San Luis Obispo. Please join us for this special event. Click the link HERE to view more information about the event and projects.
2019 Spring Hearst Lecture Series
April 26 - May 31, 2019
Please join the CAED Department in this quarter's Hearst Lecture Series, located in the Business Rotunda (Room 03-213).
- Friday, April 26 - Edmond Saliklis, Ph.D, PE, Professor of Architectural Engineering, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
- Friday, May 3 - Leon Rost, Partner, BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, New York
- Friday, May 10 - Scott Wolf, Partner, Miller Hull, Seattle
- Friday, May 31 - Kelly Bair and Kristy Balliet, Co-founders, BairBalliet, Chicago and Los Angeles
Sustainability Fellowship 2019
February 27, 2019
The Handel Architects Sustainability Fellowship seeks to promote sustainable design by sponsoring a full-time summer intern who will further the integration of sustainable design standards into our practice. The individual will work with the firm’s Sustainability Group, collaborating on innovative architectural projects and conducting research on specific topics related to sustainability strategies for hi-rise buildings. At the end of the program the Fellow will compile a report/presentation describing the accomplishments of the Fellowship and present them to the firm.
- Fellowship is open to applicants currently enrolled in an accredited degree program in Architecture with an interest in Sustainability.
- Shows strong interest in sustainability and/or material science as it relates to the built environment.
- Has excellent written, visual and oral communication skills.
A jury composed of leading design professionals will be responsible for selecting the applicant.
$1,000 cash prize and paid summer internship.
- Personal Statement addressing the following question- Why is sustainability important to you and/or the built environment?
- Work Sample- Samples are encouraged to highlight how environmental considerations and sustainable practices are incorporated into your design work.
- Recommendation letter from an advisor, educator or architectural professional.
Link for Application: https://handelarchitects.com/careers/handel-architects-sustainability-fellowship-2019
Assistant Project Manager - Landscape Construction
February 20, 2019
Landscape Development Inc. is looking for an Assistant Project Manager for projects in the Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Please check it out.
Paradise Welcome Sign Design Competition
February 6, 2019
LandCare Case Competition
January 24, 2019
2018 Fall Hearst Lecture Series
November 2, 2018
Please join us in welcoming Hearst Lecture Series speaker Laurel Broughton. Her lecture is this Friday, 11/2 at 5PM.
Laurel will be a principal juror for the 15th Annual Vellum Furniture Competition immediately following the lecture at 1185 Monterey Street. Doors open at 6:30PM.
2018 Fall Hearst Lecture Series
September 25, 2018
Please Join the CAED Department in this quarters Hearst Lecture Series, located in the Business Rotunda (Room 03-213).