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Celebrating 40 Years: A History of The Landscape Architecture Department

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Celebrating 40 Years: A History of the Landscape Architecture Department, written and compiled by Associate Professor Christine Edstrom O'Hara, commemorates the department's 40th anniversary.

Beginning with a brief history of Cal Poly University and its College of Architecture & Environmental Design, the book describes, in photos and text, the earliest days of the landscape architecture program, including the "Old Post Office," "the Jungle," Z'Lab and the Powerhouse. It discusses the program's evolution over time, with a special emphasis on its curriculum and focus. Past and present faculty bios are featured, along with reflections and special memories by emeritus faculty members Brian Aviles, Walt Bremer, Gary Dwyer, Paul Neel, Roger Osbaldeston, Gere Smith, Dale Sutliff, and Richard Zweifel. The names of program graduates, from 1974 through 2013, are listed at the book's end. 

For a .pdf version of Celebrating 40 Years, click here. To request a bound copy of the book, send an email to, including your name and mailing address.

SLO Landscape (2011-12)

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Editors' Note:

SLO Journal 2011-12 (the department publication formerly known as SLO Landscape) has two new editors so you will see changed formatting and features, and new faculty are highlighted in their research. We solicited alumni contributions, which we believe showcase the breadth of work in contemporary landscape architecture practice. We intend to continue with this work and hope others will send us projects for the next journal.

Cal Poly has four new tenure tack faculty hired in the last four years: Beverly Bass, César Torres-Bustamante, Christy Edstrom O'Hara and David Watts. New faculty interests range from children's play environments and walkable community design, to landscape history and preservation, and graphic and representational experimentation. These new faculty strike a balance in approach to the profession and present students with both the practical and the theoretical.

We hope you enjoy this latest journal. Please send us your feedback and check our department web site regularly for updates on lectures and awards by students, faculty, or alumni.

-- Christy Edstrom O'Hara and César Torres-Bustamante

To read SLO Journal, click here (requires Adobe Flash Player). Or, click here for the .pdf version (for computers and mobile devices without Adobe Flash Player).

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SLO Landscape (2010)

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Edited by Prof. Omar Faruque, the 2010 issue of SLO Landscape (renamed SLO Journal; see above) includes articles written to inform professionals, academicians, and students of innovative design methods and techniques, case studies, and research not available in textbooks or published in other journals.

Department alum Rick Hume writes about designing the Orange County, California Great Park. Alum Paul Buchanan writes about designing and constructing the landscape of the Cleveland Clinic. Prof. Emeritus Walt Bremer has an article about GIS at Cal Poly and beyond. CAED Dean Tom Jones writes about opportunities that lie ahead for landscape architects, and the department's former advisory council chair, Martin Flores, reflects on the future of the landscape architecture profession.

SLO Landscape also showcases student and alumni activities, including the extended field trip to Italy, Germany, and France, a service project in South Africa, alum Don Marquardt's one-man show devoted to Frederick Law Olmsted, and the Class of 1988's 30th reunion. A few copies of this back issue are still available; to request one, send an email, including your name and mailing address, to and we'll mail a copy to you as long as supplies last.

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