Walter Bremer, ASLA, ADE
Areas of Expertise
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Design, and Student Learning
2D, 3D, and Multimedia Technology
Walter Bremer has been in the Landscape Architecture Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo since 1981. Always a strong proponent of computer technologies in the design world, Professor Bremer came to pursue a career in academia when he realized that University’s were the most advanced on the subject. Having been interested in a teaching career since receiving his own Bachelor’s degree, Walt decided to incorporate his knowledge of computer applications into the traditional curriculum of landscape architecture. Professor Bremer wants students to become knowledgeable and confident with technologies and applications so that they can apply them creatively to projects and advance the profession.
Geographic information system (GIS) technologies have been one of Walt’s interests since the 70’s and continue to be something he is frequently involved in. Professor Bremer is currently responsible for the regional landscape assessment classes that rely on the understanding of the GIS applications. He has also been actively involved in the development of the San Luis Obispo Community 2050 Plan, which utilizes GIS technologies to compile and analyze data throughout the county. Through workshops with the community, resource managers and individuals in the planning profession, Bremer along with other project leaders, have been working to establish a countywide vision that can be used in the future. He is particularly proud of this project because of the community’s joint effort to share information and examine the environmental issues on the central coast.
Beyond his teaching responsibilities, Professor Bremer has also played an active role on the development of a new department curriculum that is currently being implemented. Bremer is also the Associate Director for the Center of Teaching and Learning on campus, where he helps organize workshops and teaches courses on technology and curriculum development. Professor Bremer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, with a minor in Research Biology from Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Utah State University in Logan, Utah.
Walt retired June 10, 2011, but continued to teach during Winter quarter through the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) through Winter 2013.