News & Events

David Evans and Associates, Inc. Scholarship

David Evans and Associates, Inc. (DEA)

Congratulations to landscape architecture student, Jessica Baiza on being awarded a David Evans and Associates, Inc. (DEA) scholarship. DEA offered five recipients merit-based scholarships of $3,000 to women and/or members of historically underrepresented segments of the US population for the 2021-2022 academic year.

LAF 2021 Scholarship Winners

Landscape Architecture Foundation

Congratulations to fourth-year student, Elissa Urbina on winning the Peridian International, Inc./Rae L. Price, FASLA Scholarship; third-year student Emerson Goo on winning the Hawaii Chapter ASLA/David T. Woolsey Scholarship; and fifth-year student Jordan Chiang on winning the Landscape Forms Scholarship in Memory of Peter Lindsay Schaudt, FASLA through the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF)! LAF awarded over $125,000 to 22 outstanding students for its 2021 scholarship season! You can read more about LAF and the scholarship winners here:

2021 Landscape Architecture Senior Show

March 12, 2021

Congratulations to the landscape architecture class of 2021 on the virtual senior show that took place on March 12th. Visit to view the senior capstone projects, students and awards!

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

The 2019-20 DesignIntelligence survey ranked Cal Poly's BLA program as the most hired from landscape architecture program in the nation. Also, out of twelve focus areas of landscape architecture, graduates placed first in six focus areas: construction materials and methods, engineering fundamentals, healthy built environments, practice management, sustainable built environments/adaptive design/resilient design, and transdisciplinary collaboration across A/E/C.

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.

Congratulations, Omar!



Hearst Lecture Series

Fall 2019

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!

Viola Ago
Director, MIRACLES Architecture
Wortham Fellow, Rice University School of Architecture
Friday, 1/17 @5PM

Eric Rodenbeck
Founder, CEO, and Creative Director, Stamen Design, San Francisco
Friday, 1/31 @5PM

Eric Bunge
Co-Founding Partner, nARCHITECTS, New York
Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia GSAPP
Friday, 2/7 @5PM

Victor Jones
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

The Honored Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed upon Cal Poly alumni by the University’s Alumni Association. The award was established by the Association to provide recognition for outstanding graduates and former students of Cal Poly. Mr. Kevin Conger, President and Founding Partner of CMG Landscape Architecture, a 1988 graduate of our program, has been named the 2019 Honored Alumnus of the College of Architecture & Environmental Design. The award was established more than 50 years ago to provide recognition for outstanding graduates of Cal Poly. Last time a landscape architecture graduate of our program received this award was in 1992.
For a list of past honorees from the College of Architecture & Environmental Design: click here.

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:
Room capacity is limited.

For more information, please contact Justine Gentilini at or 805-756-1319.

Hearst Lecture Series

Fall 2019

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:

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.

Posted: 5-10-19

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.

Posted: 5-10-19

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

Posted: 4-22-19

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.


  1. Fellowship is open to applicants currently enrolled in an accredited degree program in Architecture with an interest in Sustainability.
  2. Shows strong interest in sustainability and/or material science as it relates to the built environment.
  3. Has excellent written, visual and oral communication skills.


A jury composed of leading design professionals will be responsible for selecting the applicant.

Cash Prize

$1,000 cash prize and paid summer internship.

Application Requirements

  1. Personal Statement addressing the following question- Why is sustainability important to you and/or the built environment?
  2. Work Sample- Samples are encouraged to highlight how environmental considerations and sustainable practices are incorporated into your design work.
  3. Recommendation letter from an advisor, educator or architectural professional.
  4. Resume
Link for Application:

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). 


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