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Cal Poly Pomona
College of Environmental Design
Motto Instrumentum Disciplinae (Latin: "Application of Knowledge")
Established January, 1971
Type Public College
Space Grant[1]
Dean Michael Woo
Faculty 86 (Fall 2001)[2]
Students 1,632 (Fall 2001)[2]
(percent of total university enrollment: 8%)
Undergraduates 1,480
Postgraduates 152
Location Pomona (pop. 152,631),[3]
California California,
United States United States
Campus College of Environmental Design Building 7 - Environmental Design
Affiliations National Architectural Accrediting Board
California State University system
Website Cal Poly Pomona - ENV
CalPolyLogotype.PNG [4]

The California State Polytechnic University, Pomona College Environmental Design also known as the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design (CENV) is one of Cal Poly Pomona's seven colleges. The college houses over 1,600 students; making it one of largest environmental design programs in the United States. The college offers bachelor's degrees in five departments, as well as three master's degree programs.



The planning programs at Cal Poly Pomona evolved from the undergraduate landscape architecture program that originally was part of the School of Agriculture.[5] After approval of the creation of a new School of Environmental Design, the landscape and urban planning programs moved into their current building in January 1971. The Department of Urban Planning was created and soon after a Department of Architecture. Department of Urban Planning was renamed "Department of Urban and Regional Planning" in 1983 to reflect an expanded program. The School was renamed the "College of Environmental Design" in 1988. The Department of Art was transferred to Environmental Design from the College of Arts in 1992.

In 2005, in a project called Prioritization and Recovery, university president J. Michael Ortiz proposed breaking up the college, promoting the Department of Architecture to a School[6] within the College of Engineering, moving the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning to a proposed College of Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Sciences, and moving the Art Department to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences[7]. In response to student, faculty and alumni backlash and unanimous college consensus against the proposal, the project was abandoned.

In the summer of 2009 the University hired former Los Angeles City Councilman and current member of the Planning Commission Michael Woo to serve as Dean of the college. In 1993, with the backing of then President Bill Clinton, he ran for mayor of the city and garnered 46 percent of the vote.

The college is housed in several buildings around campus including Building 7, designed by modernist architect Carl Maston, and the IDC (Interim Design Center), a 30,000 square foot design studio building at the east end of the campus. Current plans are for a new Environmental Design Center[8] on the north side of University Drive at the northwest corner of the campus.

Academic programs and departments

Architecture - The Department of Architecture is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. The Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) and the Master of Architecture (M.Arch) programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Along with its sister campus program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, they are the only two public and professional Bachelor of Architecture degrees in the state of California. The undergraduate program was ranked 15th nationally in the 2008 edition of "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools" published by the journal DesignIntelligence[1]. The program has been "impacted"[9] since its inception over 40 years ago[10], with many more students applying than can be accommodated. In 2002 the department admitted 15 percent of undergraduate applicants making it the 5th most selective Bachelor of Architecture program in the country[11]. By 2007 the department's acceptance rate was down to 9 percent, or 225 out of 2,551 applicants[12], of which 100 enrolled.

Due to the design studio based structure of the program, the student to faculty ratio is a relatively low 17 to 1[13]. Prior to graduation students are required to complete a 500 hour internship of which 250 have to be under a licensed architect[14].

Unlike the more technically focused program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the department is able to tap into the design talents of Los Angeles area architects. Notable and influential 20th century architects that have taught at the department include Richard Neutra[15], Raphael Soriano[16] Craig Ellwood[17], Thom Mayne[18], and Ray Kappe[19], who founded the program in 1968[19]. After a falling out with university administrators, Ray Kappe and Thom Mayne went on to form the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972[19]. Other past and present faculty include:


Department Majors:
  • Art - Options: (1) Fine Arts, (2) Art History
  • Graphic Design

Landscape Architecture - The Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) is a general professional degree, nationally accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The undergraduate and graduate program both ranked 18th nationally by DesignIntelligence[2] 2008. The department's students won 5 out of 20 awards[24] from the American Society of Landscape Architects student competition in 2008, more awards than Harvard and Penn State. Longtime faculty, Takeo Uesugi, designed the George and Takaye Aratani Japanese Garden adjacent to the CLA building on campus. Due to the design studio based structure of the program, the student to faculty ratio is a relatively low 16 to 1[25].

Urban and Regional Planning - The Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning is designed for students interested in working with the critical issues of social, environmental, and physical change in cities and regions. Student to faculty ratio is 24 to 1[26].

Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies Located on 16 acres within the Cal Poly Pomona University campus, the Center researches and demonstrates a wide array of regenerative strategies including low-energy architecture, energy production technology, water treatment, organic agriculture, ecological restoration and sustainable community development. Up to 20 students can choose to reside in one of two dormitories on site. The center offers a Minor in Regenerative Studies and a Master of Science degree in Regenerative Studies.

Special programs

View of garden house
  • Richard Neutra - VDL House - The college maintains the house of renowned modernist architect Richard Neutra, whose wife left the house to the college to continue his legacy[27]. The house serves as a laboratory for the study of historic preservation and sustainable design and has been used to host college guests and design studio presentations[3]. In 2000, it was designated a World Monument by the World Monument Fund[28] to bring attention to the house's desperate need for funding its maintenance and repair. In 2005, in a project called prioritization/ Prioritization and Recovery, university president J. Michael Ortiz proposed transferring the property to an organization more financially suited to fund the house's maintenance. College departments unanimously agreed against the proposal[29] and are currently engaged in a $1 million capital campaign[30] to keep the house under university ownership.
  • Resource Center - A resource library containing 25,000 books, periodicals, technical reports and a special collection of documents from the architectural offices of Richard Neutra, Craig Ellwood, and Raphael Soriano.
  • W. Keith and Janet Kellogg Art Gallery - Located in building 35A, the 4,500 square foot gallery hosts contemporary art exhibits for the campus and greater Los Angeles community. It's sculpture garden and entry gates were designed by Italian industrial designer Ettore Sottsass.

See also


  1. ^ "California Space Grant Consortium Affiliates". California Space Grant Consortium. Retrieved 2008-10-07.  
  2. ^ a b Proposal for a School of Design at the UCI
  3. ^ "Pomona, California". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-09-11.  
  4. ^ "University Logo and Logotype" (HTML). Office of Public Affairs at Cal Poly Pomona. Retrieved 2008-09-14.  
  5. ^ Department of Urban and Regional Planning - Department History
  6. ^ P&R Responses for recommendation 52
  7. ^ 2007 List of Proposals & Recommendations - ACADEMIC CROSS-COLLEGE PROPOSALS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
  8. ^ Environmental Design Center
  9. ^ Cal Poly Pomona - Impacted Majors
  10. ^ MESSAGE.pdf ENV 2008 Newsletter - Message from the Dean
  11. ^ Architectural Record - Guide to Architectural Education
  12. ^ California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - Peterson's
  13. ^ Cal Poly Pomona Student to Faculty Ratio, Falls 2005-2008
  14. ^ Cal Poly Pomona Catalog 2008-2009 - College of Environmental Design
  15. ^ California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - Prioritization and Recovery Responses
  16. ^
  17. ^ Craig Ellwood, Neil Jackson, Laurence King Publishing, 2002
  18. ^ San Diego Tribune, Innovator Picked for Top Architecture Prize, March 21st, 2005
  19. ^ a b c Residential Architect, Tuesday, June 1st, 2004
  20. ^ The Lookout News - Local Architect Recognized by Peers - February 13, 2008
  21. ^
  22. ^ About Sci-Arc/ Directorship
  23. ^ About LAIAD/ Faculty
  24. ^ ASLA 2008 Student Awards
  25. ^ Cal Poly Pomona Student to Faculty Ratio, Falls 2005-2008
  26. ^ Cal Poly Pomona Student to Faculty Ratio, Falls 2005-2008
  27. ^ PolyCentric - Exhibit Highlights Significant History of Neutra VDL Research House IIRetrieved August 1, 2004
  28. ^ World Monument Fund - VDL Research House II
  29. ^ - P&R Responses for recommendation 121
  30. ^ The New York Times - CURRENTS | Richard Neutra’s Home Seeks a Down Payment on Its Future by Stacie Stukin- May 1, 2008
  31. ^ | Cal Poly Exchange Programs



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